By Christian Barnett – Local Democracy Reporter

A row of shops synonymous with anti-social behaviour will be demolished to make way for affordable flats and houses, after plans were approved by council planners.

The shops on both sides of Rose Avenue in Tolladine, most of which are empty and boarded up, would be replaced with nine homes and sixteen apartments as well as space for two shops and a takeaway.

Fortis Living, who is behind the transformation, wants to revitalise the area after the rundown shops have become a breeding ground for anti-social behaviour.

Of the flats and apartments, five would be shared ownership and the remaining 20 would be available for rent at an affordable price.

Two bungalows are also included in the plans.

At a meeting of Worcester City Council’s planning committee last Thursday, Councillor Pat Agar said the development was a “terrific idea” and welcomed the number of affordable homes included in the plan. She said the renovation would definitely “lift the area.”

A nearby children’s play area – which has also seen many reports of drinking and drug taking by youths and warnings from police – would also be demolished to way make for the homes and not replaced.

Fortis said the building would be phased to allow for the remaining few shops to stay open for business.