Building a new health centre in the heart of Nuneaton town centre forms part of the regeneration masterplan.

No other details have been revealed other than a Computer Generated Image (CGI) of what the ‘community services’ building – mentioned in the masterplan – would look like.

It appears to be located behind what is the former Co-op building, next to what is proposed to be new ‘public space’.

According to the plan, the new ‘community services’ building would also face the proposed glass-fronted food hall and the proposed new residential development.

The full masterplan for the renegeration of Abbey Street

But its inclusion in the Abbey Street project, which will also see a new hotel and cinema built, has been at the centre of a row.

A call was made for Warwickshire County Council to take swifter action to be taken quicker for the centre to be built – on the basis that people living in and around the area need better access to things like blood tests.

But this was rebuffed as the Abbey Street regeneration programme is being championed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

At a full Warwickshire County Council meeting, councillor Keith Kondakor proposed a motion that the county council works to identify cash to help build a business case for the health centre and that its own health and scrutiny committee reviews the way it supports health centres in all towns across the county.

This was amended by the ruling Tories, to say that the county council would work with other authorities to shape future health centre requirements in town centres.

Latest on the rest of the Abbey Street masterplan

As reported, the plans for a hotel on the former Co-op car park have taken another step closer to becoming a reality.

Hampton by Hilton as emerged as the firm behind the plans for the 145-room hotel, which have been officially submitted to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Works to restore the former Art Deco section of the old Co-op building and transform part of the inside into a business hub are underway.

But updates on the other parts of the masterplan, including five screen cinema as well as a multi-storey car park on the Abbey Street car park, have yet to be revealed.

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