Eagerly awaited plans for the exciting redevelopment of The Priory Centre in Worksop will be revealed to the public and businesses later this month.
Bassetlaw District Council secured an £18million Levelling Up Fund grant from the UK Government in December 2022 which, along with an additional £2million from the Council and its partners, will help to transform Worksop town centre.
In this time, the Council has been busy engaging with architects to put this plan into action, in addition to a comprehensive building survey process, consultation with existing retailers, and working with partners to finalise the leisure and entertainment offer.
The Council will shortly be in a position to share these plans with the public and wider business community and will be holding a six-week engagement period starting on 20th July.
Anyone interested in learning more about the plans will be able to visit a dedicated hub at 48 Bridge Place, where interactive displays will reveal more information on the leisure and entertainment proposal, and provide opportunities for the public and businesses to ask questions about the wider development and the Council’s overall vision.
Councillor James Naish, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “We have a long-term vision for the regeneration of Worksop town centre and the Levelling Up funding is key to attracting further investment and unlocking the town’s potential. Our immediate focus will be the redevelopment of the Priory Centre with new leisure facilities, encouraging people into the town centre and giving visitors a reason to stay.”
The £20million funding will initially focus on the redevelopment of the Priory Centre, but will incorporate smaller projects in the immediate surrounding area. In addition to retaining existing retailers and attracting new enterprises, the project will include:
- A new family-focused leisure facility with activities such as tenpin bowling, indoor soft play, a games area and a café.
- A new food court, similar to the Wool Market in Doncaster and The Batch House in Chesterfield.
- A new towpath link along the Chesterfield Canal and bringing two sites forward for the development of new apartments and town houses.
The LUF project has been shaped by a comprehensive public consultation period, with the bid being driven by a Levelling Up Board, which was chaired by Andria Birch, Chief Executive of BCVS, and included the District Council and Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith.
The Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets.