Business finally granted a move

The chosen design for Kenilworth Railway Station.
The chosen design for Kenilworth Railway Station.

Buildbase is set to relocate business to Warwick Road just in time for work to start on the town’s new railway station in its place.

Just weeks ago, the builders merchants was refused planning permission for a move to Princes Drive on grounds that it did not meet requirements for employment land.

As the company’s current base off Priory Road is needed for the new railway build, the refusal meant uncertainty for work to start this summer.

And just days later, officers at Warwick District Council - in agreement with Warwickshire County Council - agreed the temporary move to 129-131 Warwick Road to ensure the station site will be empty as planned by February 2.

A sign on the doors of Buildbase informs customers that they will soon be operating out of the main street - a location it was refused permission to use back in 2011.

It is expected that once a more suitable bid is drawn up, they will resubmit an application for a permanent place on the industrial estate.

Back in October 2011, 50 people signed a petition to stop the builders’ merchants moving into Warwick Road.

Planners eventually turned down the application for the same site over fears of entry and traffic, as well as noise and light pollution.

Nobody from Buildbase could be contacted for comments, but a spokesperson previously said of the temporary location: “The site at Warwick Road has operated as a builder merchants in the past.

“This redevelopment will allow for the continued success and growth of the company retaining and improving the existing service and products for its customers.”

A county council spokesperson said: “Buildbase are required to give up possession of the site by 2 February 2015 in line with notice served in January 2014. This is in accordance with original agreements signed a number of years ago.”