18th Dec, 2017

Plans could see massive regeneration of Lillington

Leamington Editorial 9th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE DAYS could be numbered for a landmark Leamington block of flats.

Plans are in the pipeline for a massive regeneration in Lillington which could see some 600 new homes built – 40 per cent of which would be affordable housing.

Around 320 current homes – including 280 Warwick District Council owned ones – would be demolished.

And the proposals could see Eden Court – the council owned tower block seen for miles on the approach to Leamington – knocked down along with neighbouring blocks Southorn Court and Ashton Court.

The Lillington regeneration masterplan earmarks greenbelt land at Red Hill Farm – alongside The Crest where Eden, Southern and Ashton courts are located – to provide a mix of housing, including homes for sale, together with parks and playgrounds.

It is made clear in the report that all residents forced to move would be rehoused in the local area.

The proposals also look to breathe new life into the Crown Way area including new health and community facilities.

The report talks of a possible new GP surgery, together with creating a community hub, which could include space for the existing library, Children’s and Community Centre and the Youth Centre, all currently located on Masons Avenue.

The latter services are run by Warwickshire County Council which would have to agree to the move.

The ambitious proposals – the cost of which is currently being kept under wraps – even talk of the establishment of a training academy in Lillington to recruit local young people to work on the project, with the building work estimated to take last around 6.5 years.

It would see the creation of around 60 apprenticeships – with at least 30 percent recruited from Lillington.

The masterplan report was set to be discussed by Warwick District Council executive on Wednesday.

Eden Court, together with neighbouring Southorn Court and Ashton Court, could disappear from Leamington’s skyline under massive regeneration plans for Lillington. (s) Phoro by Robin Stott (Creative Commons Licence).

Lillington Library could be on the move. (s)

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