Major development planned for canal side area often targeted by drug users - The Leamington Observer

Major development planned for canal side area often targeted by drug users

Laura Kearns 23rd May, 2018 Updated: 23rd May, 2018   0

AN AREA of the canalside in Leamington which is often targeted by drug users is set to be regenerated.

A number of business owners on Althorpe Street have teamed up to create Althorpe Street Developments after expressing concern about the future of the area.

The regeneration of the land south of town will include new homes, public space, improved security, employment space, additional parking and waste management.

The business owners – who have worked on plans alongside Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council – say the Althorpe Street area is underused and has suffered from lack of investment. They also say the area has also started attracting crime and drug users and hope the work will ‘kick start’ regeneration’ in the south of the town.

The scheme has been designed by Leamington-based Rickett Architects.

A spokesman for the company said: “The concept seeks to activate the canal side and bring something new and special to Leamington.

“The mixed use scheme will create a vibrant quarter that will help to kick-start regeneration of this part of town.

“We are proud of our town. We want to address some key issues and make better use of the resources we have by providing employment space, public space and accommodation. Local residents have a right to feel safe. This development will not only give peace of mind but has been designed to enhance direct pedestrian access to the canal side for members of the public.

“We hope to create a ripple effect that will continue through the canal side and open up more regeneration opportunities for the benefit of all.”

A public consultation will be held at the Pump Rooms on Thursday (May 31) where there will be chance to find out more about the development.

A planning application will be submitted to Warwick District Council following the event.

District Councillor for Brunswick ward Kristie Naimo believes the plans mean more student accommodation is in the pipeline.

She said: “There have been rumours and concerns about proposals for Althorpe Street for some time which we have been following closely.

“The development company have decided to consult on their plans and we don’t know much detail yet. However I’d be concerned about more student accommodation being proposed in South Leamington, and it is contrary to council policy for this area so unlikely to be supported. I encourage everyone to attend the public consultation to find out more.”

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