Information day on new homes plan for Leamington Old Town site

As a plan to replace a block of flats with five three and four-storey housing blocks in Leamington’s Old Town take shape, people who live nearby are being invited to an event where they can learn more.

Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd have applied to Warwick District Council for permission to knock down the building at Fetherston Court near to the Sun pub in Tachbrook Road and build in its place the new housing, which will include 76 one and two-bed flats and two and three-bedroom bungalows.

Leamington Town Council has already backed the proposal, saying it will provide a “positive improvement” to the area.

In its application, the firm said it is working on behalf of the district council to build the new homes for “affordable” rent aimed at an “active elderly” population.

The firm, which also pointed out that the council’s Local Plan encourages building on previously developed land, stated: “The site is a highly sustainable location with direct access to a host of local facilities, including leisure, retail, public open space, education and community use all within walking distance.”

Representatives from the company are hosting a public information afternoon about at the Brunswick Healthy Living Centre on Tuesday (July 8) from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, where people will be able to see design briefs and speak to members of the Willmott Dixon team. Free refreshments will be available.

The district council is encouraging people to write in with comments on the proposal, either by filling in the form sent to residents surrounding the site or picking one up at the information afternoon. All comments must be submitted by Monday July 14.

To view the application, visit the district council’s website and use the search reference number ‘W/14/0905’.