PLANS for the major regeneration of the site of Coventry’s world-famous Daimler car factory into a vibrant new neighbourhood for living and work, culture and leisure have taken a significant step forward.
Warwickshire-based property and development company The Wigley Group has submitted an outline planning application to Coventry City Council for the mixed-use development on Sandy Lane in the Radford area of the city.
The seven-acre brownfield site sits on the side of the Coventry Canal and is currently a business park and industrial estate.
It is designated for housing by Coventry City Council.
Central to the proposals is the integration of the site — to be known as Daimler Wharf — with the existing community by reconnecting the area to Coventry Canal and creating a large public common.
The outline planning application includes up to 480 new homes made up of a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, and flexible work-live units.
At the heart of the high-quality development will be a linear park and two public squares that will act as focal points for the new community.
Direct pedestrian and cycle links through the new community to Coventry Canal will also enhance the pedestrian corridor into the city centre.
There will be electric car charging points, and an electric bike and scooter station, as well as other flexible commercial space.
The first phase of the Daimler Wharf scheme has already been completed, with the refurbishment of the Daimler Powerhouse building, the only part of the car factory to survive Second World War bombing , into a creative hub.
Mike Vining, land and development director at The Wigley Group, said: “Our vision has always been to build on the site’s great heritage. We have already started to deliver on that by investing in the only remaining part of the Daimler car factory to once again make this important heritage asset a real focal point as a state-of-the-art creative hub.
“The wider plans that will build on phase one are for a new and vibrant neighbourhood that addresses local housing need and offers visual improvements alongside environmental benefits that will contribute to the city’s aspirations for a cleaner and greener future.”