Residents given extra week to have their say on ‘ambitious’ city centre revamp - The Coventry Observer

9th Aug, 2022

Residents given extra week to have their say on ‘ambitious’ city centre revamp

Andy Morris 10th Jul, 2020

RESIDENTS have been given another week to have their say on an ‘ambitious’ plan to redevelop a part of Coventry city centre.

Last month, developer Shearer Property Group unveiled plans to revamp Coventry City Centre South, between the Precinct cross and towards the train station.

A public consultation on the scheme, due to end last Friday (July 10), has been extended to this Friday (July 17).

A Shearer Property Group spokesperson said: “Since we launched the consultation, we have received tremendous interest in the proposals with hundreds of responses and visits to the website.

“As a result of this, and to ensure as many people as possible have a say, we have decided to extend the consultation period by another week. We welcome all the feedback so far and look forward to working with the community as this scheme develops.”

The proposals, which are at an outline planning permission stage, includes an events space, cinema, restaurants, and a medical centre alongside a variety of different shopping outlets, homes to buy or let, and a hotel.

The developer says the proposals will ‘respect the legacy and heritage of Coventry and will build something exciting for the future’.

The spokesperson added: “Our scheme will re-introduce a community back into the heart of the city and create a vibrant place where people will once again want to live, work and socialise.”

Coventry City Council jobs and regeneration spokesman Councillor Jim O’Boyle said: “This consultation is the first phase of presenting a new plan for city centre south. I’ve said many times, cities are changing due to consumer habits and expectations. The city of tomorrow is very different from yesterday.

“This plan will accommodate all the factors which reflect how town centres are evolving. I am committed to that change because without change the centre will be forever in decline. This is a fact all city centres are facing but in Coventry we have a chance to take advantage now. And we will.”

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