CONDITIONAL contracts have now been exchanged for the sale of Warwick District Council’s Riverside House headquarters in Leamington to public body Homes England.
The government agency, which specialises in the sustainable redevelopment of complex sites, is now seeking the views of residents, on its plans for a development of new homes and also the creation of a new riverside park at the Milverton Hill site
In accordance with the site development brief set by WDC in 2021, any housing created by Homes England, will need to meet the council’s current policy criteria on affordability and the soon to be adopted regulation for all new developments in the district to be net zero carbon.
WDC leader Ian Davison said: “The legacy of this site is of great importance to local people, and our aim has been to gain their views at every stage of the process. We are therefore pleased that Homes England are providing an opportunity for residents to input into the development plans at Riverside House. Please give your views on the retention of trees and wildlife, provision of affordable homes, and our vision to create a new public park along the riverbank.”
Homes England senior planning manager Ragu Sittambalam welcomed the contract exchange.
He added: “As the Government’s housing and regeneration agency we’re able to take forward Warwick District’s aspirations for the site – to deliver a scheme that respects the sensitivities of the area and delivers affordable housing in an area of need.
“Furthermore, our involvement will indirectly enable town centre regeneration and the creation of a new park as a positive legacy for the district.”
The sale has not been without controversy.
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western recently accused the council of failing to consult with residents over the move – which the Coun Davison refuted.
The public consultation will run from now until December 8 and will be followed by the opportunity for members of the public to attend an in-person event.
View the online consultation here