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Shrewsbury Riverside ambitions unveiled

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Major ambitions to transform Shrewsbury’s town centre for generations have been unveiled by Shropshire Council.

The council bids to create a truly 21st century destination and experience, taking the town to the water to create a stunning riverside attraction.

This is the future of Shrewsbury that respects its past, reconnects it to the River Severn, transforming how we work, how we spend our leisure time and what the town has to offer.

The river has always been central to Shrewsbury and this now brings that full circle to create a new focal point and a fresh addition to a historic town centre, in tune with the fast-changing world around us, opening up to one of Shrewsbury’s greatest assets – River Severn.

A brand new Riverside area would help transform the town

A stark contrast from what the area is like currently

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and planning, said:

This is a game-changing mixed-use development combining new leisure attractions, vibrant hospitality and public space, a new quayside and hotels to support the town’s existing retail, while bringing new workspace that can attract high quality jobs into the town.

A place where you arrive by a brand-new eco-friendly bus, on your bicycle or somewhere you can park – and charge – your electric vehicle.

A place you can work in a zero carbon office and enjoy a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and bars – all next to the new quayside fronting onto River Severn.

A development that will create almost 2,000 jobs, see a modern, friendly Multi-Agency Hub and offices open with 500 spaces for workers, allowing the public to access what they need, where and when they need it.

Somewhere with a brand new bus facility, a high-quality transport hub kitted out for modern vehicles with more charge points, better lighting and bigger spaces.

The ambition is to create a destination that will see 270 new homes built, offering the chance to live, work and relax in the middle of a green, modern town centre.

This transformation should help Shrewsbury attract 750,000 new visits a year, and substantially increase investment and footfall for the benefit of existing businesses across the county as part of a wider £800 million investment in the town under the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan.

This is chance for Shrewsbury to transform and thrive in a changing world, and offer everyone using this part of the town a unique experience and the chance for the town to continue to evolve and open a new chapter in its long and vibrant history.

The vision will be presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at a meeting on Wednesday 16 February 2022.