27 November saw the official opening of phase-one of the Station Approach redevelopment scheme.
It is the realisation of long-held ambition of Warwick District Council, to rejuvenate the area around Leamington Station and make way for much needed affordable housing.
Working in close partnership with Waterloo Housing, Homes England, Network Rail and Chiltern Railways and Stagecoach has enabled the Council to meet the complex requirements of the rail, train operators and commuters, in a scheme which once complete will provide 212 homes in this prime gateway location of which 75% will be affordable.
New residents of phase one, Sayer Close, which comprises 24 affordable homes on a former brownfield waste site formerly occupied by Network Rail, Stagecoach and a car dealership, joined representatives from Warwick District Council, Waterloo Housing and AC Lloyd in a commemorative tree planting ceremony;
Warwick District Councils Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property Services, Councillor Peter Phillips commented: “It has always been this Council’s ambition to regenerate the area around Leamington railway station, and I am pleased that this part of Leamington is now providing vital affordable housing. We now have a vastly improved gateway to the town and a development to be proud of.”
Anthony Riley from Waterloo Housing Group commented; "We are so pleased with the new homes at Sayer Close. It's an excellent outcome for such a scheme to be built in the area. It is close to the town centre, meeting the demands of local people who either need rented homes or who want to take that first step on the ladder into Shared Ownership. Our work with our local partner A.C. Lloyd and Warwick District Council clearly demonstrates how a proactive partnership approach can meet the shortfall of this type of housing in the area – long may it continue on other sites in the district”.
Alistair Clark, Managing Director from A.C. Lloyd commented: "It was a pleasure to build these homes at Sayer Close, for Waterloo Housing, and we look forward to delivering the rest of the new homes on this development during 2019".