Major development proposed for Queensway

By IH 03/05 Updated: 04/05 07:36

A MAJOR new £25 million development in Leamington for over 55s has been unveiled.

Orbit Homes is planning to build an Independent Living with Care scheme on land at Queensway, which will include 179 one and two bedroom apartments.

The scheme is designed to provide affordable living for over 55s and will feature a wide range of facilities including a restaurant, café, garden room, hairdressing salon and IT suite – many of which will be available for use by the wider community.

The development, which would employ 50 people, is planned for the site of the former Al-Ko Kober factory site, which has lain empty for 12 years, and will be built by Coventry-based Deeley Construction.

Lorraine Mansfield, Business Development Manager at Orbit Heart of England, said: “Independent Living with Care is designed to help local people remain independent in their own home providing a place where they can enjoy a real community spirit with like minded people.

“This will be a valuable addition to the local area and similar schemes have proved to be widely popular in other parts of the region.”

Local residents were invited to view the scheme at the nearby Sikh Temple Gurdwara Sahib, and the plans were then shown to Warwicks District Council’s Development Review Forum this week.

Deeley and Orbit Homes plan to submit a planning application in June with work starting before the end of the year.

Pat Moroney of the Deeley Group, said: “We think this site is perfectly located for this type of development. We have been working with Orbit Homes for around a year to ensure a scheme which will provide the right environment for residents and also integrate into the existing neighbourhood.

“The location is very sustainable and we have had very constructive dealings with the local authority when drawing up our plans.

“We had positive feedback from the public event and the quality and content of our proposal appeared to be welcomed by the members of the Development Review Forum. The scheme will offer a significant addition to the neighbourhood both in employment terms and much needed affordable housing.”

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