Petition launched against plans to demolish historical Kenilworth building - The Leamington Observer

Petition launched against plans to demolish historical Kenilworth building

Leamington Editorial 3rd Jan, 2024   0

A PETITION has been launched by Kenilworth residents to save an historical building from demolition.

The petition, launched on Boxing Day by concerned resident Matt Shepherd, calls on Warwick District Council to reconsider its proposed decision to knock down Woodside Hotel and Conference Centre in Glasshouse Lane to make way for 55 new homes. It has attracted around 100 signatures so far.

The proposal, if given the go-ahead, will see all the buildings on the site demolished, including the original house known as ‘Woodside’ – originally ‘Glass House’ , an historic stable block and a number of later 20th century additions. The original core buildings are locally listed.

The former hotel and conference centre has not been open since the beginning of the Covid restrictions in March 2020.

The business subsequently went into administration and was unable to attract a potential buyer to continue operating.

Mr Shepherd said the potential loss of this significant heritage site raised concerns that extended beyond the confines of architectural value to impact the community at large.

He continued: “The demolition of the Woodside Hotel threatens the fabric of our community. Residents who have cherished memories associated with the hotel, along with those who have grown up with its historical significance, will witness the erasure of a vital piece of our local identity. Moreover, the proposed construction of 43 houses and a block of 12 apartments could alter the neighborhood dynamics and disrupt the harmonious balance that currently exists.

“The Woodside Hotel, although not officially listed, is an integral part of our heritage assets. Its unique history as a training center for Courtaulds and subsequent transformation into a hotel under the Chudley family’s ownership adds cultural depth to our town. The proposed development, while aiming for integration, risks replacing a piece of our past with generic housing, potentially eroding the charm that defines our local area.”

Mr Shepherd added that time was of the essence.

“The building’s deteriorating condition, as highlighted in the application, might expedite its demise. Immediate action is crucial to safeguard our heritage, ensuring that decisions about the Woodside’s fate are made with careful consideration for its historical and cultural importance. Let us rally together to halt the demolition and encourage a more thoughtful approach to the development that respects our town’s rich history.

To sign the pettion visit

WDC has been approached for comment.


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