Worcester's Heritage under Threat

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Lowesmoor Wharf in Worcester is scheduled for regeneration. For two years developers have been in discussion with planning officers and developing proposals.  Those plans have now been submitted for approval by the City. They are not good news:

  • Proposed for demolition: the Vesta Tilley Centre, former concert hall where Worcester-born Tilley performed before finding international stardom
  • Proposed for demolition: Lowesmoor Terrace houses that form part of the heritage of the canal area
  • Proposed in their place: modern offices and flats rising up to 12 floors in height, up to and including the Bridge Inn.
  • Swept away: all the small traders and businesses in the existing wharf area. To be replaced by shop units, offices, and restaurants - all in a style out of sympathy with Worcester's historic centre, more suited to big city Birmingham.

A massive development like this is as unsuited to Worcester as the unloved Elgar House, just up the road in front of Shrub Hill station. Regeneration is an opportunity to celebrate and enhance our surroundings. This instead will be an urban planning disaster.

Our photo shows what will replace the Vesta Tilley Centre and Lowesmoor Terrace historic housing.