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Food hall and apartments plan under spotlight at planning meeting

Published on Thursday, 4th May 2023

Councillors will discuss plans for a new food hall and town centre apartments at a meeting of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

A recommendation has been made to members of the committee to approve the plans at the meeting on Tuesday, 9 May.

Outline planning permission has been given for the new Grayson Place development, but detailed applications have to be submitted separately for new bars, cafés, restaurants, retail units, the food hall, a cinema and a state- of-the-art family entertainment venue. All of which will be sited around a striking public space.

The proposal for the building of a food hall at Plot 1A and a building at Plot 2 comprising flexible retail space on the ground floor and residential development of 30 dwellings are the latest.

The food hall will be built on the land between the former Abbey Street car park and the demolished Co-op department store and Grayson Place, named in honour of Nuneaton television star Larry Grayson will provide indoor and outdoor dining.

The planning report states:

"The food hall building has been designed to provide an open frontage onto the proposed public plaza, and the pitched roof reflects the design of the existing warehouse to the east.

"The use of recessed terracing to the upper floor further enhances this and will ensure that the food hall becomes an attractive and vibrant venue in the town centre.

"It has an industrial aesthetic which is considered provides an identifiable link to Nuneaton’s industrial heritage.''

The food hall will be over two floors in a traditional warehouse style with four pitched roof sections.

The proposed housing is made up of flexible retail units on the ground floor and 30 apartments on the first, second and third floors.

The buildings are a more contemporary design but one that should sit well alongside the more traditional buildings in the town center, and will follow the curvature of Abbey Street, which is also in keeping with the proposed college building.

They have been planned to meet the increased scale of the buildings fronting Abbey Street, including the existing cooperative buildings and the proposed Digital Skills and Innovation Centre.

After comments from NBBC Planning Policy, amendments have been submitted including material enhancements to the north elevation which faces Abbey Street introducing render to the third floor and lighter coloured stone features to the banding on the outside.

Cllr Clare Golby, Deputy Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities commented:

“We’re at a really exciting time in our town. I’m very proud of Grayson Place, which promises to be the place to be in Nuneaton Town Centre.

“After frustratingly having to watch what can only be described as the managed decline of our town centres, overseen by council leadership of the previous administration, this Conservative leadership has knuckled down and has been able to show residents what they’ve been missing out on for all this time.

“We know it’s a building site, which doesn’t look like much at the moment, but things will soon start taking shape and once it does I’m sure it will bring a new lease of life to town.”