23rd Jul, 2019

Plans for Home Bargains submitted for Droitwich's former Homebase site

A PLANNING application has been submitted for a Home Bargains in Droitwich bring 50 jobs to the town.

The proposal has been earmarked for the former Homebase building on the town’s Roman Way Retail Park, Kidderminster Road.

Droitwich’s Homebase was one of 42 closed nationwide last year following a restructuring plan by the DIY giant.

It led to the loss of a number of jobs and the building since then has been vacant.

In order to get the proposal through, there would need to be changes to the planning permission for the site so up to 30 per cent of the site’s floor space could be used to sell food and drink.

IThis would be the first Home Bargains store in Droitwich with the nearest one currently on Shrub Hill Retail Park in Worcester.

In the planning statement applicant TJ Morris Ltd said having acquired the site’s freehold, it would invest £3million in converting the store and, as well as the job creation, it would give Droitwich shoppers more choice and fill a ‘prominent out of town centre unit which would otherwise likely remain vacant and be economically inactive’.

Further jobs would be created through the construction of the shop, added TJM.

For more on the application and to comment on the application visit the planning page on the Wychavon District Council website.

The deadline for comments is June 28.

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