First phase of Coventry City Centre South greenlit - The Coventry Observer

First phase of Coventry City Centre South greenlit

Coventry Editorial 14th Mar, 2024   0

A CENTRAL area of Coventry is poised for a monumental transformation following the approval of plans by Shearer Property Regen Ltd (SPRL) for the eagerly awaited City Centre South (CCS) project.

The landmark regeneration programme, spearheaded by a partnership between The Hill Group and Shearer Property Group, represents a visionary investment of nearly £20million to revitalise Coventry.

The approved plans for the first phase of the CCS project promised to redefine urban living in Coventry, with a focus on creating a vibrant mixed-use destination that integrates residential, commercial, and leisure spaces.

Spanning over 160 projects, the development aims to deliver up to 1,550 homes, 8,000sq m of commercial space, and 17,000sq m of public open space.

Phase one of the project will see 991 new homes built – around 200 will be designated as affordable housing, comprising 145 properties for social rent and 55 for shared ownership. The remaining homes will be available for private market sale and rent.

Designed to the highest environmental standards, the new homes will incorporate energy-efficient construction methods and sustainable features such as photovoltaic solar panels, green roofs, and water-saving fixtures.

There will be the inclusion of public artworks, including replicas of the iconic History of Coventry murals by artist William Mitchell.

Coun Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, hailed the approval as a significant milestone for Coventry’s ongoing regeneration efforts, emphasising the creation of a vibrant new community in the city centre.

Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) said: “The go-ahead for the first phase of this exciting scheme is great news for Coventry.

“It will transform a large but outdated part of the city into a vibrant new district for people to live, work and have fun.”

The CCS project, supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), aligns with the region’s broader strategy to invest in town and city centres, stimulate economic growth, and provide affordable housing for local communities.

Demolition is set to start later this year and the first homes are expected to be completed by early 2027.

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