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
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.
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.