Council working to find businesses to invest in new Kenilworth employment zone

By James Smith

11th Feb 2024 | Local News

The Kenilworth Gateway land forms part of a larger development along Leamington Road (Image via google.maps)
The Kenilworth Gateway land forms part of a larger development along Leamington Road (Image via google.maps)

The district council is still working to find businesses to invest in a new employment zone on the edge of Kenilworth, which forms part of a major new housing development.

Planning permission for the 'Kenilworth Gateway' employment land off Leamington Road was granted in December 2021, alongside approval for 550 houses and a primary school.

Work on a small number of those houses is already underway, while detailed plans for the remainder are still being considered by Warwick District Council (WDC).

And the local authority also says it is working hard to find "the right" type of businesses to invest in the neighbouring eight hectares of industrial land.

"We are working with the county council to market and try and encourage people to come to that site to be an appropriate use," WDC site delivery officer Becky Burridge told locals at this week's Kenilworth Community Forum. 

"We are doing quite a bit of work to raise the profile of that site and attract the right kind of uses."

She added: "We are actively working with our economic team to attract the right type of employment. 

"So office use and general industrial use - smaller industrial units rather than huge distribution sheds which you wouldn't want on those sites."

Full planning permission was granted in December 2021 for 550 homes, a primary school, and employment land off Leamington Road (Image via planning application)

The land has previously been marketed with property agent Savills.

An advert was shared in the summer of 2022 which described the land as "in an ideal location to maximise linkages with established and successful manufacturing and R&D clusters".

A new left-hand turn junction into the neighbouring housing development has already been built. A junction with traffic lights will also be built further along Leamington Road, providing access to the houses and the new employment land.

Warwickshire County Council has also pledged to spend £6.6million on redesigning the A46/A452 roundabout next to the area to deal with the huge developments on the east side of town.

The roundabout is set to have traffic lights installed, and the entrances expanded to three lanes. 

A new exit may also be added to allow access to the proposed employment land.

     

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