Redditch Town Hall copyright Rob Newman

Ideas and proposals to regenerate Redditch Town Centre and create an improved town centre, for people to live, work and invest in will be developed further, Redditch councillors agreed last night.

At the meeting members considered the development concepts and proposals set out in a Regeneration Prospectus, produced by the Council and key partners, which recognises the need to develop the town centre.

Council also agreed to allocate £50,000 to support the development of proposals contained within the Regeneration Prospectus.

The prospectus was created following the outcome of the recent ‘Redditch Town Centre – Place Review’ process which has been undertaken by Worcestershire Place Partnership Ltd (PPL) through the Cabinet Office’s One Public Estate (OPE) Programme. 

The Council led this process in partnership with key partners such as North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration, Worcestershire County Council, NHS, Homes England, Fire and Police. The OPE report considers the future of the Town Hall, Library and the Police and Fire Stations.

A key proposal within the OPE report is the potential creation of a new multi-agency Public Services Hub which would see the co-location of the Council and other organisations including Job Centre Plus, the Library and NHS services.  A possible location could be the  Church Road site owned by the NHS and Homes England in Redditch Town Centre. 

The report also considers the future of the Town Hall and identifies that it could be potentially be converted into residential accommodation.  However, further work is required before a final decision can be taken by the Council.

At last night’s meeting Members agreed to progress the idea of creating a ‘hub’ and members also agreed that £150,000 be allocated, to support the development of a detailed business case for the project

The Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, Cllr Greg Chance said: “This is an exciting time for Redditch Town Centre and there are a number of proposals and ideas set out within the prospectus that are at an early stage but provide a taste of what could be delivered by the Council and its partners to improve the offer of the town centre.

“Key to this could be the creation of a Public Services Civic Centre which brings partners together and will potentially make it easier for our customers to access services

“We now need to take the time and work with our partners on all of these proposals so we can work together to create an exciting future for the town centre