£18m plan for listed site next to St Andrew’s church in Rugby

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A listed building that has lain empty for years could be the centrepiece of an £18 million development next to St Andrew’s church.

Developers want to build 70 ‘extra care’ units in Caldecott Square, the site of the former Herbert Gray college off Little Church Street.

Planning permission for aa previous scheme, which would have led to the construction of a number of offices, was granted in 2009. But despite being actively marketed, no business has become involved.

Dan Rickett, managing director of Rickett Architects, one of the firms behind the new plan, said: “Upon completion, the scheme will have value in the order of £18 million, providing a significant investment for Rugby and will enable the redevelopment of a long disused site and secure the future for the grade II listed building on site.”

The proposal comprises 70 extra care units for people aged over 55, with care support, and community facilities. There would also be a café open to the general public and overlooking the central square.

Mr Rickett added: “Preliminary discussions have been held with Rugby Borough Council and the scheme has been developed in accordance with those consultations and the requirements of the joint venture partner Oak Retirement.”

About 40 people attended a public consultation in St Andrew’s Parish Hall earlier this month, Mr Rickett said: The response was very encouraging regarding the proposed use of the site. The designs attracted a range of comments that were predominantly positive. We will now be considering the concerns raised at the exhibition, specifically about the loss of the community building, and working towards a planning application as soon as possible.”

The borough council will decide in due course whether to grant planning permission.