BackgroundSince 1998, the former airfield site at Ansty has been owned by the public sector. English Partnerships first acquired the site from Rolls Royce in 1998, then transferred it to the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands the following year. In September 2011 the Homes and Communities Agency took charge of the site.
The aim was and continues to be, to use this strategic site to facilitate development and attract large scale inward investment and key regional businesses.
Since 2006 Ansty Park site has undergone extensive infrastructure works, including land remediation and earth-profiling works. The site affords superb access to Junction 2 of the M6 Motorway, the M69 and M1 and via the A46 to the M40 and M45 Motorways.
In July 2009 an increased planning consent was granted for the wider Ansty Park site of 1.5 million sq ft for B1 development. This was a substantial increase in area over the original 100,000 m2 permission, historically granted by Rugby Borough Council.
Rising demand due to limited development space in the West Midlands for the research and development sector coupled with the site’s close proximity to Warwick and Coventry universities meant Ansty Park was recognised as the perfect opportunity to house science, technology and innovation occupiers.
To date the site has atrracted occupiers including MTC (269,000 sq ft in total), HTRC (62,432 sq ft), Sainsbury's (136,000 sq ft), The London Taxi Company (350,000 sq ft) and FANUC (129,000 sq ft) .
The site continues to attract considerable interest from local and national companies looking to relocate or build new premises.
The Homes and Communities Agency
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England, and the Regulator of Social Housing Providers. The Agency’s vision is to:
Create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas; and
Focus on governance, financial viability and value for money as the basis for robust economic regulation that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer.
The HCA’s Economic Assets Programme (EAP) makes a significant contribution to economic growth and renewal across England. This follows the successful transfer of a £540m portfolio of Regional Development Agency (RDA) land, property and joint venture assets to the HCA in September 2011.
Our role in owning and managing the portfolio of assets is to ensure that we help local partners to secure the best outcomes and benefits for local communities – whether jobs, homes or businesses. We achieve this by establishing Local Stewardship Partnerships with local partners.