Go ahead for old library plans

By Kevin Unitt Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 15/11 10:36

Latest News

The Old Library in Leamington.

PLANS to turn the former home of a Leamington community centre into 28 new apartments have been given the green light despite scores of objections.

The application for the Old Library on Avenue Road – which had been home to Bath Place Community Venture for two years until a site sale forced the organisation to move out last month – was debated by Warwick District Council's planning committee on Tuesday night (November 6) and passed by a majority of nine votes to one.

The plan will see the grade-two listed buildings converted into 28 new apartments as well as introducing 43 car parking spaces and demolishing an atrium to create a central courtyard plus a new private garden.

But hundreds of local residents and supporters of Bath Place, which had used the building on a peppercorn rent after fire destroyed its previous home, submitted official objections to the plans.

More than 300 letters complained over the loss of the community facility and said site owners, Warwickshire College, should have allowed Bath Place time to raise funds for an alternative home.

A further 1,000 people signed a protest petition handed in to the council ahead of the meeting.

Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White also weighed in to register his objections after previously mentioning Bath Place in the House of Commons amid a debate on the 'Big Society'.

Bosses of the venture have called plans for the Old Library “grotesque”.

.

Popular »

More news »

Feature: Caring for Warwickshire's growing older generation

PEOPLE are living longer these days but the

Leamington school set for major refurbishment

A MAJOR refurbishment of Leamington's historic all-girls school

Picture Special: Leamington's Christmas Lights

MUSIC, dancing and Yuletide fun marked the switching

Update: Norovirus closes all wards at Warwick hospital

NOROVIRUS has now closed all wards at Warwick

Regional news »


Stratford Observer
Ex mayor rescues Stratford on Avon history from skip

DETECTIVE work by a former Stratford mayor has saved a ...

Rugby Observer
Ex-MEP to fight 'ludicrous' money laundering charges

FORMER West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire has been charged with ...

Coventry Observer
Prince thanks us for war memorial campaign support

PRINCE William has spoken of the “unique and highly trusted ...

Redditch Standard
Manslaughter sentencing postponed for baby funeral

THE SENTENCING of a man who admitted to killing his ...