A glass-fronted cinema and shops are pictured in a planned vision for a key part of Nuneaton town centre.

The computer generated image (CGI) shows the vision for the Abbey Street area of Nuneaton.

As we reported in our newsletter, this includes a plan for a new cinema and this is featured in the glass-fronted ‘Nuneaton Film Box’ in the Abbey Street image.

There is also a glass fronted ‘food hall’ shown in the image as well as a public seating area.

It is known that there are also plans for a hotel within the Abbey Street regeneration programme – but there is no CGI image for this.

There is a masterplan sketch of the entire area.

The masterplan sketch for the Abbey Street area

The Queens Road frontage, including the iconic Co-op sign, remains but the whole area behind the remaining Co-op building appears to be completely opened up.

The Abbey Street scheme includes the former Heart of England Co-operative Society office and building, as well as land on Abbey Street and Queens Road and the Co-op car park on Abbey Street.

Consultation

Cabinet members at the borough council rubber-stamped the masterplan and now, in partnership with Queensberry, want residents’ views on the proposals.

A new website showcasing the plans is set to go live on December 4 and there are a series of online consultation events planned to take place.

Councillor Julie Jackson, Town Hall leader,  stressed the importance of people taking the opportunity to have their say.

“This is a very exciting and hugely important step in our vision for Transforming Nuneaton and we’re really looking forward to talking to local people about our plans,” Cllr Jackson said.

“Sadly, Covid-19 makes it difficult for us to meet people face to face as we would normally like to do. Instead, we have created a website which contains lots of information and a place for residents to tell us what they think. We’re also looking forward to answering residents’ questions at our virtual consultation events in a couple of weeks.”

“Initial plans are for a hotel operated by an international hotel brand, multi-screen cinema, an exciting new public square, restaurants and cafes, a large car park, and a small selection of refurbished shops.”

“Our commitment to developing this site as part of wider plans for the town centre has never wavered. We will continue to push for what’s best for our residents and this is part of that commitment.”

Transforming Nuneaton programme

Paul Sargent, chief executive of Queensberry added “This innovative regeneration proposal is a landmark commitment for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. It is a transformational remix of a significant part of the town centre that will act as a catalyst for further private sector investment.

“Equally important, this ambitious plan addresses the recent impact of the pandemic on our lives and is designed with the local community’s health and well-being at its core. We are including a host of new uses to the area such as residential, hotel, work space, leisure, retail and a food hall. With an eye to a constantly changing world we are also considering healthcare and educational facilities within the new buildings.”

“For Queensberry consultation is an essential part of the design development process and we always learn something important from the feedback. Although currently our consultation events will be virtual, we look forward to hearing from residents, local businesses and the wider community. We have carried out several similar events already during Lockdown and have achieved great results.”

How to have your say

Residents can sign-up to an online consultation event by:

  • Visiting the website
  • Emailing info@abbeystreetdevelopment.co.uk
  • Calling the Freephone number 0800 689 5209

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