Multi-million pound Clock Towers development plans ready to be unveiled

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Multi-million pound plans to redevelop the Clock Towers Shopping Centre in Rugby will be unveiled at a public exhibition today (Friday).

The proposed extension of the shopping centre would bring new shops and leisure facilities to town, as well as modern office space.

The plans include a new department store, a six-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes and a new public square.

Bosses at the Clock Towers hope the scheme will bring more shoppers and workers to Rugby to help protect the future of the town centre.

Tony Spencer, manager of the Clock Towers Shopping Centre, said: “The extension of Clock Towers Shopping Centre will safeguard the future vitality of Rugby town centre.

“It will attract more retailers and in turn visitors, as well as importantly providing modern office space to keep businesses in Rugby.”

The public exhibition showcasing the plans begins today (Friday) at the shopping centre from 11am to 5pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Visitors will have the chance to view the plans, speak to the project team and give feedback and comments on the proposed extension.

Mr Spencer said: “The public exhibition is an important step in the project. We are excited about showing our plans to the people of Rugby and we look forward to receiving their comments and feedback.”

Clock Towers recently launched a judicial review on Rugby Borough Council’s decision to grant planning approval to Elliott’s Field Retail Park.

A judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.

Shopping centre bosses fear that the out of town development will have a detrimental impact on the town centre. Hammerson, which owns Elliott’s Field, has resubmitted its planning application to the borough council to include several design alterations to the scheme.

Hammerson has already secured Debenhams as its main department store. Clock Towers has not yet revealed if any retailers are lined up for its proposed extension.

The Clock Towers extension would include moving on to adjacent land in Evreux Way where Gala Bingo once stood and which also includes Cemex House – which is currently on the market.

Talks have been ongoing between CBRE Lionbrook, which owns Clock Towers, and the owners of the Evreux Way land.

Ian Southcott, UK community affairs manager at Cemex, said: “We would, of course, be more than pleased if we could stay in the centre of the town and be part of this new development.

“However, it’s still early days for this application and we will monitor its progress very closely.”

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for planning and culture, said: “I’m sure most people in Rugby will join me in welcoming the proposals for some much-needed investment in the Clock Towers shopping centre.

“I’m particularly keen to hear which department store will be anchoring the development, and which cinema and restaurants we will be getting.”

Clock Towers will be submitting a planning application for the extension later this month.