Council makes partnership decision on controversial HQ scheme

Warwick District Council has announced that its controversial Leamington HQ relocation project will not be delivered through the limited liability partnership (LLP) it had established with a private company.

In a statement, the council said: “Warwick District Council has recently decided that the HQ relocation project will not be delivered through PSP Warwick LLP, the limited liability partnership it established with a private company, Public Sector PLC in 2013.

“This project was the only one that the LLP was responsible for and the council is, therefore, working with its partner to discuss the future of the LLP.”

Cllr Andrew Day, Llader of Warwick District Council, added: “No decisions have been made on the proposed HQ relocation or the future redevelopment of the Covent Garden area pending the outcome of the review that was announced by the new administration. These issues will be the considered by the council at a future date.”

Plans for the development in Warwickshire were given the green light last January.

The Leamington town centre scheme would see the creation of a new 620-space car park, offices for Warwick District Council and private housing.

A separate outline planning application for up to 170 new homes on the current site of the council’s headquarters on Milverton Hill – the sale of which will fund the new HQ – was also approved.

However, the plans faced criticism, with objectors protesting against the loss of car parking in the town centre while the Covent Garden multi-storey car park is closed and rebuilt as part of the multi-purpose development.