Coventry’s City Centre Area Action Plan has now received government approval following its submission to the Secretary of State in April 2016.
The Inspector’s report found the plan to be compliant and sound other than a few small changes and this means that the city can move to adopt it alongside the Local Plan.
The Area Action Plan provides a blueprint for the growth and regeneration of Coventry City Centre providing up to date policy to guide future development including City Centre South, the continued regeneration of Cathedral Lanes and the plans for Upper Precinct.
It also identifies key development opportunities for more than 2,000 homes, the regeneration of the old civic offices and the continued development of Friargate.
Councillor Linda Bigham, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Development, said: "I’m really pleased that the City Centre Area Action plan can be adopted alongside our local plan.
“Having an approved plan is really important because it means we can ensure we have joined up development in our city centre – with schemes led by different developers all working together.
“It builds nicely on all of the good work that has already been done and it will play a really important part in all of the new developments that are set to take place in the next few years.”
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration said, “Local people deserve a better city centre – that’s been true for a long time and its one of the reasons this action plan is so important. It will help to ensure that we get the right quality of development to help us create a city centre people can be proud of.”
Both the City Centre Area Action Plan and the Local Plan will be discussed in Cabinet on 28 November 2017 and Council on the 5 December. If approved by Councillors they will be subject to a six week legal challenge period.