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Thank you for your interest in the proposed redevelopment of Rugby Central Shopping Centre.

This webpage explains more.

About the Site

The site is located at the heart of Rugby town centre and comprises the northern wing of the existing Rugby Central Shopping Centre formerly the “Clock Towers Shopping Centre" on North Street CV21 2JR. It first opened in 1979 the two-storey precinct is home to more than 50 outlets.

The centre is bound by commercial and retail units including an Asda Superstore to the south and a new McDonald’s drive-through restaurant to the northern boundary. The main pedestrian access to the site is via the top end of North Street with a secondary access point to the centre via Chapel Street.

It is a highly accessible location, well related to several services and facilities and is readily accessed by means other than car. There are several bus stops close to the site on North Street and Rugby Railway Station is located 0.7 miles away.

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The Proposal

It is proposed that the northern wing of the existing Rugby Central shopping centre will be demolished and redeveloped as a mixed-use scheme, including approximately 210 residential dwellings on the upper floors and commercial floor space to replace the existing shop units on the ground floor. Approximately 1,700 sq.m of commercial space will be provided on the ground floor and is proposed to be retail and food and beverage uses under the new flexible Class E for town centre uses.

The new Rugby Central development will be designed and built to improve town centre vibrancy through the delivery of a high-quality mixed-use development with a focus on high quality public realm, new adaptable retail and food and beverage uses and new homes in a highly sustainable location.

Highways and Access

The existing pedestrian access off North Street will be expanded to provide high quality area of public realm.

The site is designed with accessibility at the focus allowing for the whole community both young and old to access the site. The residential element is ‘car free’ with an emphasis placed on the movement of its users taking public transport, walking, and cycling to create a greener environment. However, there will be an opportunity for future residents to secure parking spaces within the main shopping centre car park on licence.

Design and sustainability

The new Rugby Central development consists of two high quality blocks and improved public space with clean lines and simple design. It will have a contemporary feel with multi-tonal brick detail to complement the surrounding environment and fretwork panels inspired by Rugby’s involvement in the aeronautical industry at the ground level.

The proposed site is highly sustainable and will have significant benefits for the town centre in years to come. The provision of new high-quality homes, commercial space and improved public realm will act as catalyst for further investment in the town. The discouragement of car use will also be a crucial part of the strategy to reduce reliance on the private car and move a step closer to achieving carbon neutrality within Rugby.

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Community and Public Space

Public space within the site has been maximised to create a destination point in the heart of Rugby’s centre. The space will have a welcoming feel with benches and seating to allow people a stop and rest, increasing opportunities for socialising and local events. This new public space will therefore be important in providing a space for people to come together and engage with the community.

Supporting local businesses and building commercial resilience is essential to the future of Rugby town centre. The proposed mix of uses will benefit the local economy as an emphasis will be placed on new activities, cultural events and night-time use attracting more visitors and promoting sustainable urban growth.

What Happens Next

The application scheduled to be submitted by Karenor Partners Ltd in April 2022 and it is expected that construction will start in 2023 and the new Rugby Central development will open in October 2024.

Your Views

If you have any questions on these proposals or would like to make comments about the scheme before the application is submitted, please get in touch. You can:

  • Email us at [email protected];
  • Write to us at Q+A Planning Ltd, The Stables, Paradise Wharf, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JN; or
  • Provide feedback on the proposals using the form below.

Please ensure comments are received by Thursday 14th of April 2022.

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