CROWDS flocked to Bromsgrove’s BirdBox yesterday (Saturday) to see the proposals for the former Market Hall site.
There was a steady flow of people throughout the day who were able to speak to architects, councillors, officers and consultants working on the project.
People were also able to fill out forms to convey their views on the plans.
Another consultation is due to take place between 4pm and 7pm tomorrow (Monday, March 6) at Bromsgrove Library.
So what is planned for the site?
Central to the proposals are a communuty hub for local groups of all ages – from scouts and brownies to older people – to hold events, meetings and get-togethers.
The plans also include a landmark building with flexible office space, business start-up and co-working spaces and restaurants and bars on the ground floor.
The Spadesbourne Brook will also be opened up at the centre of the site, providing a water feature with steps where people can sit, particularly during the spring and summer months.
The curved nature of the main building provides public outdoor space around it where events, such as dining clubs, markets and other activities could be held.
The architect explains all
We spoke to architect Becki Smith who talked us through the layout and which buildings would go where. Click below to see the video
How is it being funded?
Works to regenerate this important town centre site are funded through a £14.5million grant secured by the council from the Government’s Levelling-Up Fund.
The successful Levelling Up Fund bid put forward proposals to create a vibrant new commercial and cultural hub for the town centre.
‘Everyone needs to have their say’
The views of Bromsgrove District Council leader, Coun Karen May – click to see video.
What happens now?
The proposed plans will be subject to both cabinet and planning approval.
People are being urged to have their say on the plans so all their comments can be taken on board.
Once received, the council will look at what people like and do not like and can alter the final plans accordingly.
People can fill out the forms at the consultation tomorrow at Bromsgrove library or email their views to Info@nwedr.org.uk
Development on the final design could start at the beginning of next year with a view to having it open by March 2025.
Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard