We are sure you have questions about the projects, maybe the Frequently Asked Questions below helps
Will there be space for artists and makers to have studios in the development?
The planning application will be for all buildings to be Use Class E which includes commercial, business and service uses. We are trying to build as much flexibility as possible into the buildings, but it is envisaged their primary use will be as creative office space. This is the first project of the Creative Quarter and as we move forwards, CDP and WDC envisage including other options which could satisfy these demands.
What is happening to the rest of the Creative Quarter, will there be any more developments? And what is the timescale?
We are continuing to work with WDC to identify which of their sites they would like to deliver next. Other sites identified in The Big Picture as having potential for contributing towards the regeneration of the Creative Quarter included Court Street Car Park and Bath Place. WDC is currently undertaking its own assessment for potential future uses in the Town Hall. A number of sites including the Pump Rooms and Clublands were removed from our remit in response to earlier rounds of consultation. Once WDC is in a position to pursue further development sites we will be undertaking further consultation on a site-specific basis.
How will people find Spencer Yard, it’s well hidden away?
We are working with WDC to improve wayfinding in the area, and the entrances will be improved as part of the scheme. Spencer Yard is already home to a number of creative businesses, and Creative Leamington has done a great job of reinforcing the Yard’s status as a creative destination by enlivening the area with Paint the Yard. We hope to continue to collaborate with local partners to bring more activity to the area and establish its location. Warwick District Council have just commissioned a specialist wayfinding and signage company to implement improved provision across Leamington Town Centre in preparation for the town hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022. This will include improvements to the route from the station to the town centre along Spencer Street
Will there be an entrance from by the Pump Rooms/Loft Theatre?
It is hoped that in the future there will be an entrance from the river but in the meantime, the entrances from Spencer Street will be enhanced to improve visibility and permeability.
Will there be any parking?
Sustainability was a key theme in the feedback from our early rounds of consultation and as such we are encouraging sustainable modes of transport as part of the scheme. The current proposal is for on-site car parking to be limited to four visitor spaces and three Blue Badge spaces. Spencer Yard is a short walk from the town centre and station, and cycle parking will be provided. Shower facilities will also be provided. Vehicular access for deliveries and emergency vehicles will be maintained; otherwise, the scheme will be pedestrian focussed.
How much will it cost to have an office there?
We are working with WDC to finalise the legal and financial arrangements before working up the technical details of the scheme. We have received interest in the scheme already, and the buildings will be let at appropriate market rates at the time.
Community Facilities at North Hall
Many people have been concerned about losing the community rehearsal space in North Hall. North Hall does not form any part of this development and will not affect any current use going forward.
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