PLANS for a future retail and community facility in Wilnecote went on display to the public earlier this week.
Central England Co-operative have announced that the existing Co-operative supermarket at Ninian Way, Wilnecote will be closing soon. The Society has been working with Hawkstone Vale Developments Ltd to look at regenerating the site.
There is an opportunity to redevelop the whole site and bring forward a new retail and community facility. This development is proposed to be named ‘Skey Park’ and is set to show an investment of £15.2 million.
Once the site is operational, it is estimated that it will create around 234 jobs directly, with a further 105 jobs created indirectly.
This will create a net wage of around £1.6 million which could potentially increase expenditure in Tamworth.
As part of the consultation on plans the company held a public exhibition this week, 12 July in store. At the exhibition display information was available to view. You can download the exhibition boards here for more detail on the proposals.
The site is described as a sustainable, brown field site and developers have said that as it will soon become vacant, it provides an ideal location for a new development.
Hawkstone Vale Developments have said: “Your views on the project are important to us and we will consider them as we finalise the proposals for the submission of the planning application to Tamworth Borough Council.
Skey Park Proposals
Skey Park is being proposed to regenerate a central site in Wilnecote to bring forward an exciting retail and community offer.
The proposed development will include the demolition of the existing store and the petrol filling station. By re-contouring the site this will create two at areas to develop upon (the site is currently sloped).
In the west of the site it is proposed to build seven retail units varying in sizes. Two of these units will include mezzanine floors.
In the east part of the site it is proposed to build a new discount food store (seen in green), it is also proposed to develop three restaurants / cafes (seen in blue).
To the south of the site a crèche is proposed. In addition to this, a new gym can be provided on one of the mezzanine oors of the new retail units.
New planting and landscaping will also be introduced throughout the site.
A car parking area is provided including 467 car parking spaces; comprising of 433 car spaces, 27 disabled spaces and 7 parent and child spaces.
Some people may ask why is the existing Co-operative Store is closing down; well the company says that the existing store has seen a decline in sales. Like other retailers, Central England Co-operative need to constantly adapt to retail challenges at a local level. This decision was taken to close the store to protect the long-term future and growth of the Society as a whole.
As for the company that a looking at the redevelopment, who are Hawkstone Vale Developments Ltd? Hawkstone is a privately owned, property development and investment company which founded in 1997. They have gained a reputation for high quality developments throughout the UK.
Their current portfolio is comprised of retail, leisure and mixed use, residential and of ce schemes nationwide, many of which are retained within a £115 million investment portfolio.