TOWNSPEOPLE are being given a first chance to view plans for the proposed redevelopment of Leamington’s Bath Place.
In February it was revealed work to transform the building, gutted by fire in 2009, was finally set to get under way after developer HB Villages took over the site owned by Warwickshire County Council.
Long-time home to Bath Place Community Venture (BPCV) up until the fire, the new developers plan to build 16 supported living apartments for vulnerable adults with physical and learning disabilities.
And HB Villages is inviting residents and businesses to make their thoughts known at a public exhibition next Friday (July 31).
Taking place at Leamington Town Hall from 2pm to 7pm, the exhibition will outline their plans for the site while townspeople will also be able to discuss the proposals with staff from the HB team.
Alastair Sheehan, development director at HB Villages, said: “We have engaged with the council’s planning and conservation officers and we are finally ready to submit an application for what will be a very unique and worthwhile scheme.
“I am excited to be sharing our plans for the redevelopment of Bath Place with the local community and we intend to tastefully and carefully redevelop the site.
“What makes these apartments so special is the enhanced quality of life they create for adults with physical and learning disabilities, who are often housed in the community in unsuitable accommodation.
“We are dedicated to building specialist homes, which provides a safe environment for vulnerable adults, allowing them to live a life of much greater independence.
“It also gives them the freedom to manage their own home, budgets and lifestyle, but with 24 hour support whenever needed.
“Bath Place is an ideal location as it’s a place with a caring community where we are confident the residents will be welcomed and made to feel at home.
“We will ensure all construction with be in keeping with the beautiful heritage style in the area and believe the new homes will be a real asset for the local council and community.”
BPCV spent 35 years based at the former Victorian school in the heart of Old Town – offering everything from value vegetarian meals to volunteering opportunities, a nursery to mental health services.
Having been left homeless following the fire, the gutted building was then put on the market by owners Warwickshire County Council in August 2013.
And although a team from BPCV put together plans to regenerate the building, council chiefs opted to offer the site to HB Villages in May last year.