More than 100 jobs to be created at new shopping site between Leamington and Warwick - which includes a bistro, nursery and a big anchor store

The hub will also include retail units and a care home and could also feature a salon and a dentist

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:45 pm
A CGI of the Local Centre in Warwick. Photo supplied

More 100 jobs in a variety of sectors will be created when an new shopping development between Warwick and Leamington is completed.

Plans submitted by LSP Developments to Warwick District Council were approved last year to develop the Lower Heathcote Local Centre which is located next to Heathcote Primary School at the junction of Harbury Lane and Vickers Way.

Heart of England Co-operative is to be the anchor operator of a 4,000 sq ft unit and will also be the owner of four ancillary retail units, to be let to a variety of businesses, which may include such uses as dentist, bistro and health and beauty salon.

The community-focused area will include new offices for L&Q Estates and the first Little Pioneers nursery in Warwick for up to 100 children aged between 0-4 years.

Little Pioneers is part of the Midcounties Cooperative Group, whose headquarters are at Warwick Technology Park.

Cinnamon Care Collection is to operate a 75-ensuite bedroom care home which will feature lounges, dining rooms, a library, activities room, a cinema and hair salon, and will create around 70 jobs.

At the heart of the development will be a public square with landscaping and seating, creating a real sense of place. The scheme will be easily accessed for local residents, both by foot and bicycle.

Ian Hardwick, managing director of Warwick-based L&Q Estates, said the Local Centre would provide facilities for families living nearby as well as those who move into the allocation of 1,600 new homes within Warwick District Council’s Local Plan.

He said: “This will provide a real community focus for residents who live south of Lower Heathcote.

“There will be a wide range of services which the community can use on a daily basis centred around a high quality landscaped public square which we hope will prove really popular for residents to use.

“Work started earlier this year on creating the Local Centre facilities which will be delivered in phases, the first phase being the retail due for completion in early 2022.”

Ed Sutton, managing director at LSP Developments, said: “This development has been testament to strong partnership working, not least between L&Q Estates and Warwick District Council, but also other stakeholders such as the Parish Council and all-important consultation with the local residents at Lower Heathcote, to whom this scheme will serve.

“It will be a high-quality development, providing a range of uses to serve all age groups. Importantly, the scheme is not just accessible by car and bus, but there is great access to the development both by foot or bicycle from the surrounding houses.

"The intention is to provide the local centre at the heart of the community, creating a real sense of place and vibrance.”

Cllr John Cooke, Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for development, added: “We’re very pleased to see the creation of the new Local Centre, which will provide much-needed facilities to serve the growing population and provide a hub for the community to meet and socialise.

"It’s also important that this will be accessible to local people, who can get to the new centre safely on foot or by cycling.”