Leamington Neighbourhood Plan

ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

The FINAL version of the Royal Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan is now published and will be an important consideration, with immediate effect, in planning and development applications.  In planning jargon, this Plan is now a material consideration so carries weight.

The complete version is here and the area to which it applies here

This is the version that the town will vote on, in the coming referendum.  The date of this will be set by WDC after the present pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

We should all support the Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum to give the Town Council power to manage the development of the town.

Thank you to the Town Council and the large number of volunteers who have done so much to produce this Plan.

Leamington Neighbourhood Plan

ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

The FINAL version of the Royal Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan is now published and will be an important consideration, with immediate effect, in planning and development applications.  In planning jargon, the Plan is now a material consideration so carries weight.

The complete version is here and the area to which it applies here

This is the version that the town will vote on, in the coming referendum.  The date for this will be set by WDC when the present pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

We should all support the Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum to give the Town Council power to manage the development of the town.

Thank you to the Town Council and the large number of volunteers who have done so much to produce this Plan.

£1.8 million funding by C&W LEP

A grant of £1.8 million from the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) will enable transformation of the forecourt of Leamington Station railway station, prioritising greener travel, linking bus, taxi, cycle and rail.

This funding, bringing long-term benefits, is driven by the international bowls competitions being held at Victoria Park as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.  It is estimated these will bring £26 million to local businesses.

WDC, working with the Town Council, BID Leamington and the Chambers of Trade, a total of £3.6 million in all will be available to address the town’s transport problems of chronic air pollution and road congestion.

For more on this see WDC Press Release

Talks and events

For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic the Society is cancelling its public meetings and activities.  

In normal circumstances the Society holds talks once a month from September through to our AGM in the following May.  The Programme of these talks is published each summer in time for the coming season.  

At present the Society is holding its talks using Zoom video conferencing.  Where this is not possible previously arranged talks will be rescheduled to a later date.  The next talk, to be held by Zoom, is: 

Witch:  Finbar Hawkins; Thursday, November 26th, 7.30.  Finbar will talk about his just published novel, set in the Civil wars and the witch hunts of 1646-7.

To join this talk, any time from 7.15, click on 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87267519479?pwd=M0dUSlV4eGRvRkRENmt3YVVYeng1Zz09

Meeting ID:  872 6751 9479
Passcode: 123456

Six special trees in Jephson Gardens. The Society has produced a short film about selected trees in the gardens to replace the Society’s guided walks normally held as part of the annual Heritage Open Days (HODs). These were not held in 2020 due to social distancing requirements. To watch the film go to

Six special trees in Jephson Gardens

and to Jephson Gardens Tree Walk for a plan showing the location of the six trees.

Wingnut tree

Past talks.  Talks are recorded with the agreement of the speaker.  

In July Kristie Naimo of ARC (Achieving Results in the Community) spoke about the transformation of a piece of derelict land known as Foundry Wood into a small local urban nature reserve. To see a previous version of her talk go to

Foundry Wood with Kristie Naimo

Architectural Awards. In normal circumstances, every other year the Society presents awards for significant architectural improvements in the town; these improvements must have been completed within the preceding two years and be visible to the public. For more information on the scheme see Awards

The Architectural Awards for 2020 have been postponed until 2021 when the Society hopes to hold this event as normal.

All are welcome at our Zoom talks as they will be will be welcome when they resume physically