Plans to turn former bakery site into flats gets green light - The Leamington Observer

Plans to turn former bakery site into flats gets green light

Leamington Editorial 11th Sep, 2017   0

PLANS to turn a burnt-down Leamington bakery into 40 new flats is set to get the go-ahead despite a string of objections.

The former site of commercial cake makers Elisabeth the Chef on St Mary’s Road has been derelict for a number of years and was subject to an arson attack in May.

Developers Stonewater want to knock down the site and build 40 flats, of which five will be affordable housing. The three-storey apartment blocks would house a total of 24 two-bedroom flats, and 16 one-beds.

The proposal also includes plans to widen vehicle access from St Mary’s Road, provide 51 car parking spaces, and create a canalside garden area for residents.

Warwick District Council has received 11 letters of objection, with complainants citing parking issues, harm to wildlife, loss of privacy for neighbouring properties, poor design and lack of provision of affordable units.

Elisabeth the Chef opened its first cake shop in Leamington in 1928. It expanded to a commercial business in 1969, supplying the likes of Harrods and Marks and Spencer.

The business was bought by the French group Senoble in 2008 and production was moved to a new factory in nearby Berrington Road.

The St Mary’s road site was finally closed in 2010 and has remained untouched since.

Warwick District Council planning committee will consider the application on Tuesday (September 12).

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