Plans for care homes near Rugby music venue The Vault given green light

A computer-generated image of how the scheme could look
A computer-generated image of how the scheme could look

Plans to build 73 homes for older people in the town centre were welcomed at Rugby Town Hall on Wednesday.

The scheme will mean St Andrew’s Church Hall being knocked down and the partial demolition of the former Herbert Gray College to make way for the ‘extra care’ units, a hotel and offices.

The planning officer’s report says the modern architectural language of the proposed new build, in Little Church Street, is considered to be a welcome approach.

Dan Rickett, managing director of Rickett Architects, one of the firms behind the new plan, said: “The scheme will provide 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 report said while some of the views of St Andrew’s Church tower would be restricted by the development, others would be created by joint scheme, with Oak Retirement.

But the manager of The Vault nightclub, which is next to the development, fears for the future of the club.

Callum Wachowski, manager of the club, said: “This is a big development.

“We’re pleased to see the town centre developed, it is however an absolute shame that Rugby can only attract residential care homes to our once thriving town centre and not retail outlets. The team at Vault are now working with the sites developers to ensure that the building is constructed with an appropriate and suitable level of sound proofing for the ultimate benefit of the residents.”

He said people of Rugby are being short changed by the decision.

“It will involve the demolition of Church House and the music community will be short changed by the eventual closure of Vault.

“I guarantee the phones will light up with old people complaining about noise.”