Funding secured to provide new location for Kenilworth School
There was good news for Kenilworth this week with confirmation of a £9.6 million economic development injection to support the future growth of the town and a new site for Kenilworth School.
The award follows a successful bid by Warwick District Council to the central government Housing Infrastructure Fund. The funding received will allow the Council to release the land on the existing school sites on Leyes Lane and Rouncil Lane for new housing for the town including affordable homes. It will also be used to support the new infrastructure and facilities required to support the growing community.
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Councillor Andrew Mobbs commented;
“I am delighted that our application for £9.6 million to the Housing Infrastructure Fund has been successful. The funding will ensure the delivery of a key element of the infrastructure to support the growth of Kenilworth, by providing a fantastic new education facility for existing and future residents. It will also greatly assist in the provision of housing for the town by releasing land on the existing school sites for new dwellings, importantly a proportion of which will be affordable. The success of this bid has been through the hard work and collaborate approach of Warwick District Council officers, the governors from Kenilworth School, Jeremy Wright MP, Warwickshire County Council, Kenilworth Town Council and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP.”
Sue Casey, Chair of Governors for Kenilworth School and Sixth Form commented;
“I am delighted to hear this news; it brings the reality of our new school a step closer, which is great for the whole of the Kenilworth community.”
Kenilworth School Head Teacher, Hayden Abbott added;
“This will help us to achieve our aim of providing, both an excellent, sustainable education for all young people and increased community facilities in our proposed new build.”
The Council will now begin the complex process of planning and implementing the developments, balancing the needs of a growing population and maintaining and respecting the character and integrity of the area.