THE REGENERATION of Leamington’s Spencer Yard is one step closer to its transformation into a creative hub.
Warwick District Council (WDC) leaders have approved the rejuvenation of empty buildings in the South Town site into flexible work spaces for Leamington’s creative industries. The buildings include the Grade II listed United Reformed Church, the Old Dole Office and the former nursery building.
The move is part of Leamington’s Creative Quarter plans which also include the site’s potential as a venue for community events.
The approval follows feedback received from public consultations and talks with local businesses and stakeholders.
It is hoped much of the building work will be completed ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
WDC leader Andrew Day said: “This is a watershed moment, and I am delighted that in a few months’ time we could see the transformation of an underutilised area into a vibrant and eclectic space. As our district starts to recover from the effects of the pandemic, it’s important that we seize the opportunity to the reignite the creative talent and innovation in our community by making our Creative Quarter ambitions a reality.”
A planning application for Spencer Yard is expected to be submitted in December. Further regeneration projects linked to the Creative Quarter will be considered by the council in the coming months.