PLANS to build five new shops at the heart of a huge 500-home development in Droitwich have been put forward.

The new retail centre would be built to accompany the town’s huge Yew Tree Hill development near Pulley Lane in Droitwich and would include four shops and a convenience stores.

Forty parking spaces would also be provided.

The grand plan includes hundreds of homes, as well as the proposed shops, and a 200-bed care home. Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) acquired three acres of land at Yew Tree Village, in Droitwich, from Stourbridge-based Barberry Group in a deal worth £2 million.

Birmingham-based HDD plans to deliver a convenience store and up to five retail units, subject to planning consent from Wychavon District Council, for around 500 homes being built by Redrow and Taylor Wimpey.

Barberry’s group director Martyn Cartwright said: “ Yew Tree Village has been many, many years in the planning and we’ve had to overcome several hurdles along the way.

“It’s therefore very satisfying to reach the point where we have been able to agree a deal for the final plot with a developer with a fine reputation for delivering retail-led mixed use schemes of the highest quality.”

HDD managing director Scott Davidson said: “This is a great opportunity to provide this new community in Droitwich with first class retail facilities alongside a high quality residential care home.

“We have acquired the site from Barberry who have done sterling work in creating the master plan for Yew Tree Village and bringing it to market.

“Respected national house builders are delivering a range of new homes and our development will complement and enhance this new community.”

The plans can be viewed via the planning section of Wychavon District Council’s website.

The application number is 20/02735/RM.

Public consultation on the plan ends on January 18.