Exciting plans to transform the northern end of Abbey Street have been given the green light by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Cabinet.

Cabinet members met in October to approve a draft masterplan for the Abbey Street regeneration plan, which includes the Heart of England Co-op Society’s Head office building, land on Abbey Street and Queens Road and the Abbey Street Car Park.

This decision means that the Council, in partnership with town centre regeneration specialist, Queensberry, will now progress to the design and consultation phase, with plans to consult local residents and businesses to be announced in the coming weeks.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“This is a very exciting and hugely important step in our vision for ‘Transforming Nuneaton’, which is even more important than ever as we plan for the economic recovery. Over the coming months we will be working closely with our private sector partners to bring forward plans for a thriving new town centre destination that the people of Nuneaton deserve and can be proud of. It will be a place where people spend their leisure time during the day and the evening and will be attractive to people of all ages.”

The proposed development has the support of the overwhelming majority of borough members.

Paul Sargent, CEO and Owner of Queensberry said:

“The Queensberry team has UK wide experience working with local authorities, and their communities, remixing urban centres in a sustainable manner. We will focus our energy on developing a viable high-quality design that will transform Nuneaton. I personally look forward to working closely with the Council and to a start of construction next year.”

Warwickshire County Council fully supports the draft masterplan for the Abbey Street development area and contributed £1.5m towards the purchase of the Co-Op department store.

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) provided Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund (GBF) to support the purchase of the Co-Op building on Abbey Street.