Monday, August 6, 2012
At last, after years of campaigning to save the historic Copsewood Grange we can report that Coventry Council has agreed to a new plan for Phase II at New Century Park put forward by British Land Goodman.
Apart from the heritage aspect of the mansion itself we had always argued that its fine sylvan surroundings, landscaped parkland of high quality, was unsuitable for warehouse/industrial units. Endless efforts to secure commercial interest were repeatedly unsuccessful and the Society maintained its position insisting it should be re‐zoned for residential purposes.
While we appreciated the need to reserve land for industry and jobs it was quite clear to us that the prospect of years of dereliction and continuing vandalism would not only have a negative effect on the Stoke area but also be a significant loss to the whole of the City.
The latest approved plan is for 329 homes and a retail unit. Alterations to Copsewood Lodge will enable rehabilitation as a three‐bedroom dwelling. The Grange itself will be adapted to create 17 apartments with an internal access road and most importantly a comprehensive management scheme for the trees within the site. A Section 106 Agreement with the developer will enable significant facilities to be provided for the New Century Park community.
Considerable effort has been put into securing Phase II, and the Society pays tribute to representatives of BL Goodman, the West Midland Fire Service and Council Officers for persevering with our aspirations for this heritage site.
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