A leading Coventry councillor has welcomed the news that the owners of Cathedral Lanes are getting ready to undertake more changes to the building so they can welcome more new restaurants.
Shearer Property Group, who started the transformation of Cathedral Lanes in 2015, have submitted a planning application to make further changes that will make space for more retail/restaurant units over the ground and first floor.
This work will be complemented by development currently underway in Greyfriars Lane (alongside Natwest Bank) which is being transformed into a vibrant walkway leading to Cathedral Lanes and the Cathedral Quarter. These improvements are part of a larger programme of work to improve the city centre using £4 million of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and Local Growth Deal funding.
Talking about the plans for new restaurants, Cllr Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration said, “We’ve still got more to do to make our city centre the place Coventry people deserve, but this is another step in the right direction. The three restaurants that opened as part of the first phase of the Cathedral Lanes development are doing really well and I hope we will soon be welcoming more well-known names. As a consequence of the work undertaken to date, Broadgate has been transformed in the evening – there is a real buzz in the area and new restaurants will only add to this."
The plan also allows Wilko to stay where they are – but creates space for several new units – using both the ground and upper floor. Wilko’s main entrance will be from the new access opposite Primark. New glazing will enhance the look of the building and as with Cosy Club more outdoor seating will be created at first floor level.
Guy Shearer from Shearer Property Group said, “We have been consistent and clear all along that without the decision taken by the Council to invest in the public realm improvements in the city centre, particularly in Broadgate, we would not be investing in improvements to Cathedral Lanes. Coventry has lots going on and we are pleased to be playing our part in helping facilitate the Council's ambitious aspirations to create a vibrant city centre environment for the benefit of its residents.”
If approved, work on this multi million pound scheme could start as soon as June 2017.