Former Ridgeway School and county council depot to be demolished and converted into 121 homes - The Leamington Observer

Former Ridgeway School and county council depot to be demolished and converted into 121 homes

Leamington Editorial 21st Jan, 2021   0

THE FORMER Ridgeway School is set to be demolished and converted into more than 100 homes.

Developers Crest Nicholson have received planning permission to build 121 homes on the site.

It comes despite around 30 objections and an objection from Warwick Town Council which raised concerns about insufficient parking and lack of public open space.

The developers will demolish the former school, which has been vacant since it relocated premises in 2010.

The site is also home to a number of Warwickshire County Council buildings known as the ‘WCC depot’. Its uses include offices, museum storage and buildings for vehicle storage and maintenance.

Crest Nicholson previously submitted an application for a development of 148 homes, which was turned down last year due to inadequate parking.

But its approved plans will see 121 properties built, with 49 of them classed as affordable housing.

There will also be 268 parking spaces across spaces and garages.

A Crest Nicholson spokeswoman said: “A previous application for residential development was refused planning permission in August 2019. Since that time, Crest Nicholson has undertaken a significant amount of work since then to respond to the concerns raised in respect of that application, resulting in the current scheme.

“The number of dwellings has been reduced to ensure an appropriate layout can be provided to deliver the appropriate level of car parking provision. This has led to a reduction in houses below the number allocated for the site, demonstrating that design of the layout has been prioritised over housing capacity.”


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