Farewell to Nuneatons co-op building

Farewell to the co-op building

For many generations of Nuneatoners the Co-OP building, in the town centre, holds precious memories. Mine centre around childhood trips to the toy department and chip batches in café. So it is with some sadness that we bid farewell to the co-op building and look to the future of Nuneaton. 

The co-op building has been vacant since 2016, following the Heart of England Co-operative Society’s announcement that with a ‘heavy heart’ the store would close. This bought into question the fate of the large retail building at the heart of Nuneaton Town Centre.

Early this year the building was purchased by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.  The Leader of the Council, Cllr Julie Jackson said:

“We have invested in this site so that we can better influence the future development of this part of Nuneaton town centre and we are keen to get started on improvements immediately.”

“This is a very large site and the possibilities are exciting. Obviously, we are still at a very early stage with this project and we’ll be keeping residents informed of progress. It is an exciting development and one of great importance to the town.”

Demolition has now begun on a portion of the building, making way for a development lead by the Transforming Nuneaton Programme. (Click here to see more about Transforming Nuneaton in our recent blog.) It is worth noting that the historical and aesthetic Art-Deco frontage on Queens Road will remain it tack.

The full plans for the site are not yet clear, but we hope that the removal of part of this build, makes way for a modern retail and leisure space in Nuneaton, where future generations buy toys and each chip batches!

Our Star Buy! – Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton, 3 Bed Semi-detached

This month our star buy is a 3 bed semi-detached property we have for sale on Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton, with an asking price of £235,000. This property comprises of an open plan living/dining room, with patio doors to a conservatory, a high spec kitchen, downstairs w.c and storage cupboard and upstairs 2 double bedrooms, one single bedroom and family bathroom. The property also has a front garden and shared driveway leading to a garage at the rear of the property and good sized back garden.

So what makes it our star buy?

Well for starters it has been thoroughly renovated to a really high standard throughout. The renovation includes; a new fitted kitchen, with integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher, a brand new boiler and new doors. The elegant and neutral design is perfect for modern life and is demonstrated by the thoughtful placements of sockets and TV points through the property – because who doesn’t charge their phone by their bed these days? But the best bit of buying a newly renovated property has to be the aroma of fresh paint that greats you when you step through the door.

This property also happens to share its address with Higham Lane Secondary School. Higham Lane School is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and officially Nuneaton’s best performing secondary school, it is even in the top ten across the whole county. This property is perfect for growing families, especially those starting to think about secondary school places.

And the cherry on the top is that this property is being sold with no upward chain!

If that sounds like the property for you, then you do need to get in quick, as this star buy has already had a lot of interest. To view the property details Click Here or call our office on 024 7767 4545.

Why we need more homes on our Nuneaton high street.

Firstly, the government’s stance on the property market is that we need more houses! In fact the government wants 300,000 new house to be build each year by mid-2020. These plans are apparently “way off track” but in Nuneaton we have certainly seen our town grow, with housing developments in Weddington, The Long shoot and Queen Elizabeth Road.

With the majority of these development taking place on the outskirts of Nuneaton, it got us thinking about the possibility of adding homes to the centre of town.

In recent years the UK has seen a massive return to city centre living, with our neighbouring city of Birmingham showing a massive 163% increase in population, from 9,800 to 25,800 people in the last decade. This is primarily made up of young professional, who live, work and socialise in the city. This has massive implications for the high street, with the residence creating the need for gyms, bars, restaurants and shops.

Being a proud Nuneaton business, we can accept that we perhaps can’t compete with the draw of Birmingham, however, on a smaller scale Nuneaton town centre living could boost our high street.

And it’s not just a benefit for the town centre but also for those that choose to live there! Town/city centre living is more environmentally friendly and cheaper (depending of house prices per square foot). People living in town and city centres are less likely to have the need for a car, use less water and have lower energy bills compared to separate dwellings.

We certainly aren’t the only ones thinking about town centre living as an option to help with housing demand and improve the high street. In 2015, the government introduced the Permitted Development Right, which allow retail and office space to be converted into residential dwellings without the need for planning permission. This could suggest that city centre style living may be coming to Nuneaton in the near future.