Development plans submitted for new local centre in Warwick

Warwick Local Centre

More than 100 jobs could be created when a Local Centre in Warwick is completed.

Plans submitted by LSP Developments to Warwick District Council were approved last year to develop the Lower Heathcote Local Centre which is located next to Heathcote Primary School at the junction of Harbury Lane and Vickers Way.

Heart of England Co-operative is to be the anchor operator of a 4,000 sq ft unit and will also be the owner of four ancillary retail units, to be let to a variety of businesses, which may include such uses as dentist, bistro and health and beauty salon.

The community-focused area will include new offices for L&Q Estates and the first Little Pioneers nursery in Warwick for up to 100 children aged between 0-4 years. Little Pioneers is part of the Midcounties Cooperative Group, whose headquarters are at Warwick Technology Park.

Cinnamon Care Collection is to operate a 75-ensuite bedroom care home which will feature lounges, dining rooms, a library, activities room, a cinema and hair salon, and will create around 70 jobs.

At the heart of the development will be a public square with landscaping and seating, creating a real sense of place. The scheme will be easily accessed for local residents, both by foot and bicycle.

Ian Hardwick, managing director of Warwick-based L&Q Estates, said the Local Centre would provide facilities for families living nearby as well as those who move into the allocation of 1,600 new homes within Warwick District Council’s Local Plan.

“Work started earlier this year on creating the Local Centre facilities which will be delivered in phases, the first phase being the retail due for completion in early 2022.”

Ed Sutton, managing director at LSP Developments, said: “This development has been testament to strong partnership working, not least between L&Q Estates and Warwick District Council, but also other stakeholders such as the Parish Council and all-important consultation with the local residents at Lower Heathcote, to whom this scheme will serve.”

Councillor John Cooke, Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Development, added: “We’re very pleased to see the creation of the new Local Centre, which will provide much-needed facilities to serve the growing population and provide a hub for the community to meet and socialise. It’s also important that this will be accessible to local people, who can get to the new Centre safely on foot or by cycling.”