Shropshire Council agrees sale of Westgate in Bridgnorth to Housing Plus Group
Shropshire Council has agreed a conditional contract with South Staffordshire Housing Association (part of Housing Plus Group) for the sale of the former council offices at Westgate in Bridgnorth.
The building was the home of the former Bridgnorth District Council until 2009, and was then used by Shropshire Council until it was deemed surplus to requirements and vacated.
Plans had been developed in conjunction with West Mercia Police until they confirmed late last year that they were not in a position to progress these plans.
Now, Housing Plus Group intends to develop the site for housing, and a planning application is due to be submitted shortly.
If planning permission is granted, work is expected to start on site this autumn.
Steve Charmley, Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration, said:
“Westgate has been surplus to the council’s requirements for some time now, so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to agree a deal with South Staffordshire Housing Association that will lead to much-need housing being provided in Bridgnorth.”
In a joint statement, the four Shropshire Councillors for Bridgnorth – Elliott Lynch, Christian Lea, William Parr and Les Winwood – welcomed the plans. They said:
“We’re very pleased that the future of the Westgate site has now been agreed after a long period of uncertainty. The provision of housing at the site will benefit not just the area, but the whole of Bridgnorth, and we now look forward to a planning application being submitted and, hopefully, approved – and to houses being built.”
Sepp Sargeant, head of development at Housing Plus Group said:
“We are delighted to have exchanged contracts to purchase such a great site. We aim to seek planning permission to build a range of high quality, much needed new homes which will rejuvenate this prominent area of Bridgnorth.”