New retail and community facilities move a step closer at Wilnecote

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

A PLANNING application has been submitted to redevelop the Co-operative supermarket site at Ninian Way in Wilnecote.

The application follows an extensive period of pre-application engagement with the local community and stakeholders.

The £20 million investment will comprehensively redevelop the site of the existing store to create a new retail and community facility including a Lidl food store, a range of retail stores, leisure, crèche, post office and new restaurant/café units. The regeneration is being led by the Central England Co-operative and Hawkstone Vale Developments Ltd.

In images sent to Tamworth Informed, an artists impression shows a Lidl Supermarket located within the development; is this the first name to be confirmed on the site?

Andrew Kirton, Managing Director of Hawkstone Vale, who is leading the proposed development said: “I am pleased to have reached this important stage in the planning of the Ninian Way site.

“Our £20 million investment will bring a new retail offer to Ninian Way, offering residents a greater variety of shopping choice as well as new leisure and community facilities. The development will also create a significant number of new jobs.”

The submitted plans have been informed with feedback from local residents. A public exhibition was held on the proposals in July last year during which residents were asked for their feedback on the proposals. More than 140 responses were received, many of which supported the plans and comments were also received regarding the loss of the existing Post Office on site.

Andrew continued: “It was clear through the consultation exercise that the local community were keen to retain a Post Office at the site. In response to the public consultation, a permanent Post Office is now included within the scheme. We are grateful for this input which has resulted in an improved proposal for residents”.

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In addition to the inclusion of the Post Office in the new development, a number of other changes have also been made to the final scheme in response to community feedback. They include:

  • Flexibility in the application to allow for a gym, leisure or a community based sports use;
  • Increasing the number of parent and child car parking spaces from 7 to 39;
  • Improved pedestrian permeability; introducing designated pedestrian routes between the proposed retail units, foodstore, restaurants/cafes and crèche;
  • Including a new pedestrian route from Ninian Way via steps to provide direct access into the centre of the site; and
  • Replacement of the existing zebra crossing to the north-east of the site, across Ninian Way, with a toucan crossing to provide a safer option for local residents to access the proposed development and neighbouring Tame Valley Industrial Estate.

A planning application for the proposals was submitted to Tamworth Borough Council in mid-January. Dependent on gaining planning consent, Hawkstone Vale Developments expects to start demolishing the Co-op building in the autumn, with building work due to start before the end of the year.

An Artists impression of some of the stores at the location.

An Artists impression of some of the stores at the location.

Andrew Buckley, Head of Property at Central England Co-operative added: “Following the closure of the Ninian Way store there is now an opportunity to comprehensively redevelop the site and bring forward a new retail and community facility that, once operational, will boost the local economy and create around 242 jobs directly, with a further 109 jobs created indirectly.

“We welcome the opportunity to be part of these exciting proposals, which we believe will greatly benefit the local community”.