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Spencer Yard Scheme

 Thank you for taking the time to review our proposals, We are delighted to share that we have submitted a planning application for the Spencer Yard project to Warwick District Council and the documents are live and available to view. 

Planning Application

We can also now share the responses to the feedback received during our recent public consultation.  We received a number of comments of a similar nature and these have been grouped accordingly.  Please see the document link below

PUBLIC CONSULTATION RESPONSES

We have updated the Frequently Asked Questions  to cover some of the questions/concerns that were raised in the consultation

Spencer Yard Event Space

WHERE ARE WE NOW:

CDP was appointed as Warwick District Council’s regeneration partner following a full public procurement exercise in 2017. Since then we have been working with the Council and developed ‘The Big Picture’ Plan for the Creative Quarter in March 2019 following a 12-month consultation.

The first rounds of consultation were undertaken in December 2018  to January 2019 to inform The Big Picture included: 

  • Local Business and Community Forums
  • Leamington Business Forum
  • Creative and Digital Business Forum
  • Stakeholder Forum
  • Online Consultation Questionnaire
  • Drop-in days at local businesses
  • Static displays for public viewing
  • Social media and digital callouts for feedback
  • Feedback facility on the Leamington Creative Quarter website

Since the production of The Big Picture, we have carried out further consultation with the Stakeholder Forum and our creative neighbours who already call Spencer Yard home. 

The Scheme:

Spencer Yard has been identified as having the most potential to kick start the regeneration of the area in the first phase of development. Spencer Yard is already home to a number of creative businesses on a key route from the station to the town centre, has the ability for short and long-term impact, and is home to the United Reform Church which is Grade II Listed and at risk of further deterioration if intervention doesn’t occur in the near future. The scheme has been designed to be a new digital creative business hub, encouraging collaboration in the sector with other creative industries and the public.

The Yard will be more inviting, with improved pedestrian access into the yard and new wayfinding and lighting next to the URC. The area will be more open by limiting the amount of car parking on-site and improving facilities for cyclists. However, vehicular access will be maintained from Spencer Street for visitors, deliveries, emergency services and Blue Badge Holders. The current proposals include 4 visitor spaces and 3 accessible spaces, with additional visitor parking provided at the new Station Approach Car Park or at Bath Place.

The United Reform Church is proposed to be restored to its former glory transforming the space into a flagship space for the Creative Quarter. The basement crypts are proposed to be turned into individual pods and studios with social meeting space and kitchen. A mezzanine level will be extended and access will be via a grand central atrium, showcasing the original painted glass windows and decorative ceiling. New doors and steps to the rear will open up on the yard, and social spaces will be incorporated.

The Nursery is currently inward-looking and has a poor relationship with the other buildings and yard. The façade will be activated through new windows and doors, a rear extension will provide much more usable flexible space, and a rooftop terrace will improve its relationship with the URC.

The Old Dole Office will have a more active glazed frontage, with new windows and a lightweight second storey extension. Space will feel quite industrial owing to its heritage as the Camouflage building, and will provide two open spaces joined by a kitchen and toilet facilities on the ground and first floors. The top floor will be open and is proposed to be a mix of aluminium and glass.

The hope for the future is that The Yard will become an events space, welcoming a range of creatives. Whilst having listened to feedback this doesn’t form part of this application, we welcome your thoughts on this now to inform the next phase of works.

Below are some of the latest visuals of the proposed scheme.

We have agreed with Warwick District Council that the use of the space will be as creative office space with ancillary uses based on feedback from earlier rounds of consultation. We are now seeking your views on the look and feel of the scheme, and whether it meets the key objectives of:

  • To Regenerate and breathe new life into the Old Town of Leamington Spa whilst enhancing the economic development of the new town and joining up the two distinct areas;
  • Build upon and reinforce the importance of the Creative and Digital Industries in Leamington Spa;
  • Create a vibrant, unique and desirable destination for residents, employers and visitors alike;
  • Position the stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves in delivering the vision;
  • Create a framework that fosters inward investment in the cultural and creative sector and the built environment.

 

What’s next:

We hope Planning Permission for Spencer Yard will be granted in March 21, works on site will commence shortly after.

Spencer Yard is the first phase of the Creative Quarter and we hope there will be lots more to come! We are working closely with Warwick District Council to identify the next sites for delivery. The Big Picture gives an idea of the sorts of uses we would like to see elsewhere in the Creative Quarter including artists studios, live workspaces, creative cafes and more collaboration spaces. We will bring you more information when we can, so please watch this space and do get in touch with the team if you’d like more information in the meantime.