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As you will be aware from previous correspondence and local media coverage there is a proposal to create a 240,000 sq.ft. retail park south of Newtown Road by the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. This would include John Lewis, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Next at Home stores. A public consultation exercise took place in September by the developers to which some businesses attended. Detail of the plans can be found at www.worcesterwoodsretail.co.uk
Having spoken to many businesses regarding this proposal, Worcester BID has arranged a meeting with the developers Land Securities so that you can raise any concerns or questions with them. As well as inviting all BID businesses, invitations to this event are also being sent to relevant Councillors including the City Council Planning Committee, planning officers and the media.
It is crucial that your views are aired to these stakeholders before any planning application is submitted. Speaking with BID businesses, it has so far generally caused a lot of concern about how it will impact on the city centre. Our role is to ensure that businesses are informed of the proposal and can have their views heard as well as representing the BID businesses where there is a strong consensus.
The meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 11th November in the Lecture Theatre, All Saints Building, Heart of Worcestershire College, Deansway and we want as many people to attend as possible. To get an idea of numbers for capacity purposes, we would be grateful if you could let us know if you are attending by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org along with the names of any attendees and your business name. Otherwise, please let us know on 01905 731612. Please note that numbers are limited so it will be on a first come first served basis.
If you are unable to attend but wish to make your views known or have a question to ask the developers, please also let me know.
We look forward to your anticipated involvement in this very important consultation exercise.