Council provides update on negotiations for town centre sites

AN update on the development of two key sites, forming part of the ongoing regeneration of the town centre, has been provided by Bromsgrove District Council.

The authority has given details on the progress of negotiations for the two sites in Recreation Road and the former Market Hall site.

The Recreation Road site is proposed to be turned into a care village featuring 64 extra care apartments, 30 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership, and an 82 bed care home.

The land, 2.31 acres in size, is currently home to Bromsgrove's old Drill Hall that has been vacant since the 1990s.

Bromsgrove District Council previously stated that a joint bid from Aspen Retirement Ltd, the Restful Homes Group and Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, for the land on Recreation Road and its corner with Market Street, had been successful following a bidding process.

The authority's parking review, considered by councillors on Monday night (December 16), states the Recreation Road North car park, on the land, is to be sold for development.

The document says that although a date of a sale for the site is not yet known, it is expected to be "agreed shortly".

The review also reveals a planning application for the site is anticipated to be submitted in the new year.

A district council spokesman said the authority was unable to provide any more details, or confirm that the application would be from developers behind the joint bid.

Details about the potential multi-million pound transformation of Bromsgrove's former market hall site, between Hanover Street, St John Street, and Market Place, were reported in the Advertiser just over a year ago.

The council revealed it had selected a preferred bidder for the site, which is earmarked for a cinema, high quality retail and restaurant units, and an ambitious scheme to open up Spadesbourne Brook running through the site.

At the time the authority announced a detailed planning application would be submitted in January, but this failed to materialise and there has been no official announcements since.

This site is also mentioned in the parking review as Hanover Street Car Park forms part of it.

The review states that the authority's discussions with a developer regarding the proposed scheme have now reached an "advanced stage".

But the review goes on to say details can not yet be disclosed, and the council spokesman said no further comment could be made.

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