Our city centre is changing, with a number of High Street retailers already closed and less demand for retail shops as online shopping has become the way of life for many people. The pandemic has accelerated a trend that was already becoming established.
This offers an opportunity for the city council to purchase vacant properties and convert them into affordable, rented apartments to meet growing need, especially amongst Worcester’s homeless population, who need a permanent home, and younger people who may well be struggling to find work post-pandemic.
More people living in the city centre would potentially stimulate growth in the retail, food and leisure sectors, providing jobs for those living locally as well as essential local services.
Good quality, secure housing is the most basic human need. Without it, there can be no ‘levelling up’.
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