Shropshire Council's confirmed it's changed its plans to regenerate Shrewsbury town centre. Pride Hill will no longer become the authority's main HQ after surveys showed it wouldn't provide value for money. Staff will likely be re-housed in a purpose built centre on Riverside.
Money will now be spent on a feasibility study to look at the changes they want to make. Statement from @ShropCouncil A report detailing the next stage in the repurposing and redevelopment of the former Pride Hill Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury will be discussed
at a meeting of Shropshire Council next week.

The report relates to how the Council will take forward the development opportunity offered by the sites that form significant elements of Shrewsbury's Big Town Plan ambitions.
Councillor Dean Carroll, Portfolio Holder for Assets, said:

"By bringing together the former Pride Hill centre site, the Raven Meadows surface car park and the Riverside area, the Council is in control of the major development site which will shape the future of the town centre.
"Previous reports identified potential uses in keeping with the national changing retail and leisure landscape together with feedback through the Big Town Plan channels.
In keeping with earlier recommendations, this Gateway Review focused on Pride Hill as one of the potential sites suitable for the Council's future civic accommodation requirements.
"However, further surveys have created concern that the Pride Hill site will not provide the high quality, sustainable or cost-effective office environment sought for the future."
The next step in the process is to commission detailed feasibility work to create the business case for the collective redevelopment of Pride Hill and Raven Meadows surface car park within the context of the Smithfield Riverside Strategic Development framework currently underway.
The feasibility work is expected to complete in Spring 2022.

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16 Sep
Major plans to regenerate Shrewsbury town centre were due to be unveiled to the public today but Shropshire Council's decided to discuss them in secret.
The local authority plans to demolish The Pride Hill - one of the 3 Shrewsbury shopping centres it bought 3 years ago.
The Pride Hill had been earmaked as the new civic centre - where Shropshire Council staff would be housed. The new plan would stop that. Instead it'll be demolished and a multi storey car park and hotel built in its place.
The Riverside will also go and become the civic HQ.
The raven meadows car park will make way for a restaurant, I was told.
The paper will be discussed next week behind closed doors. The media were due to be briefed and able to report in full but that was pulled hours before.
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