Nine flats near station approved

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Nine new flats in Station Road and Priory Road have been approved, despite planning officers recommending that they were refused.

The officers had feared that the proposal by Virgate Properties Ltd was ‘inappropriate for the conservation area’.

But Richard Simmons, of Virgate Properties, made the case that Kenilworth needed a ‘statement building’, complete with station-style clock greeting visitors to Kenilworth.

And councillors decided to agree and voted to approve the plans at a recent planning meeting. The plans are divided into two blocks - one containing six flats on a former tile showroom in Priory Road, and the other three flats will be sited at the end of Station Road, a plot for used-car sales.

Mr Simmons also made the case that Kenilworth is short of high quality apartments for retired people.

The developer said no decision had been taken whether these apartments would be for sale or rental.

Mr Simmons said he was hoping the large glazed atrium of the new building would take on a style connected to his venture, The MAD Museum in Stratford, whereby a museum, or possible mechanical area, would reflect some of Kenilworth’s history.