Friends to debate latest land plans

Meeting  NNL-160526-110601001
Meeting NNL-160526-110601001

The Friends of St Mary’s Lands will debate plans for the future of the site at its next meeting.

All are encouraged to take part in the meeting next week to debate a new ten-year masterplan currently out for consultation and which includes a hotel build, new entrance and cycleways.

The volunteer friends group decided at its AGM last month that in order for full views on proposals to be considered and put forward, it must meet and properly view the document.

The meeting will take place on Thursday June 16 at the ballroom of Warwick’s Court House in Jury Street. Starts at 7pm, non members. £1 on the door.

Councillors across the town and district have already agreed to support the latest masterplan for the land known as the common after a decade of uncertainty.

The latest masterplan - drawn up after the council, landowners and Warwick Racecourse agreed to work together - will now go to public consultation.

Cllr Moira-Ann Granger said: “I have to say it’s brilliant this report is coming forward. It really is exciting and we just wait for the public consultation with excitement.”

The lands are home to Warwick Racecourse, Racing Club Warwick Football Club, the golf club and public land. And all parties have been involved in ongoing discussions and creating the 18-point plan.

The proposals could see the build moved from the entrance where previous plans were contested, to the other side of the racing stands.

A proposed cycleway would link to Warwick Parkway, but opening may be limited by the racecourse on race days.