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Government funding boosts Churchfields urban village project

Churchfields announced
The project aims to deliver a new urban village alongside a range of highways improvements to support the development.
Published Friday, 2nd February 2018

Plans to develop around 300 new homes in Churchfields, Kidderminster have been boosted by funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

The £2.7million funding is the result of a bid by Wyre Forest District Council, and will help to fund the Churchfields Urban Village Highway Infrastructure scheme.

Set to be delivered in partnership with Worcestershire County Council, the project aims to deliver a new urban village alongside a range of highways improvements to support the development. These include a significant enhancement to the A456 roundabout at Blackwell Street, a new T-junction providing access to Churchfields, and the creation of a new link road from the A456 to the development area. 

Councillor Ian Hardiman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning at Wyre Forest District Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the district council’s hard work with its partners has paid off and led to Government funding for a much needed piece of highway infrastructure which will help unlock the site and enable this important housing development to go forward.

“It is right that we should see brownfield sites such as Churchfields developed first. It will also bring about the urban village that the council first conceived in 2011 and it will be exciting to see it moving forward to completion.”

Councillor Chris Rogers, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing at Wyre Forest District Council, said: “This important piece of infrastructure will enable the development of 300 new dwellings in a sustainable location close to the town centre and will help meet local housing need.

“We expect there to be new affordable dwellings provided as part of the scheme, so this will make an important contribution to meeting the needs of people on lower incomes. Alleviating traffic on Blackwell Street will also improve the air quality of the area and benefit the quality of life of those already living in the area.”

Councillor Dr. Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: "Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. We are looking to support the creation of new homes as part of our plan to grow the local economy further.

"We are working alongside our colleagues at Wyre Forest District Council to deliver this ambitious scheme that will see around 300 new homes developed in a priority housing location. We are pleased that this funding from the HIF has moved our shared vision closer to reality."