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Residents give views on plans for former Magistrates Court

News release issued:

Many residents and business owners attended the public exhibition of plans for the former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster last Thursday (9 September) despite the torrential rain.

Council officers and architects Burrell Foley Fischer were on hand at Coronation Gardens for informal discussions and to discuss the proposed plans.

Architects Burrell Foley Fischer, working in consultation with NWedR on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council have submitted the planning application which will transform the Former Magistrates Court building in Worcester Street, Kidderminster town centre.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:

“Firstly, can we say thank you to those who managed to visit the exhibition despite the great British weather!  We will run another exhibition soon so that those who were unable to attend can have a chance to see the plans.

We know local people are very passionate about this project, so we were interested to hear direct feedback. As with any transformation, there are mixed views on specific design elements, but it is reassuring to hear that the principle of preserving the building for future generations is supported. The internal spaces are designed to be flexible, and our vision is that they can support the creativity of our residents and businesses in an affordable way.”

Aidan Ridyard from Burrell Foley Fischer said:

“It was a very helpful process to engage with the community about the site’s future, with lots of good ideas coming out of the conversation. We will be reflecting on these and trying to find ways to positively inform the designs from the feedback we have received”

It is anticipated that this application will be considered by the Planning Committee by the end of the year.

For more information on the development of the Former magistrates Court in Kidderminster, visit www.nwedr.org.uk/invest/major-projects/wyre-forest/former-magistrates-court and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NorthWorcsEDR.

The full planning application can be viewed on the Council’s planning portal reference: Simple Search (wyreforestdc.gov.uk). When you click on the link you will need to add in the reference number (21/0783/FUL) to take you to the application and to see all the details.

We will only contact you regarding this feedback.
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