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Historic Coventry set to be alive and kicking again amid new plans


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New plans submitted to Coventry City Council’s Planning Committee could see the River Sherbourne uncovered as part of a new £1.9m scheme on Palmer Lane.

 The Palmer Lane project is a partnership between Coventry City Council and Historic Coventry Trust and forms part of the more comprehensive High Street Heritage Action Zone.  Funding of £2m from Historic England has already helped to regenerate the Burges and Hales Street, and the proposals for Palmer Lane are the next step.

 Palmer Lane’s history dates back to 1225 and is thought to be where pilgrims lodged when visiting St Mary’s Priory. The ‘Palmer’ name comes from the palms (Christian symbols) that pilgrims used to carry.

 Carol Pyrah, Executive Director of Historic Coventry Trust, said: “The River Sherbourne has a special place in the hearts and imagination of Coventry people, and this scheme is an opportunity to experience the river right in the heart of the city.  Palmer Lane is a forgotten backland which we want to bring back to life.

 The plans, if approved, would see more of the river uncovered and a new public space created with steps down to the river, green landscaping, improvements to biodiversity from new planting, and installation of art and new lighting.

Civic Engineers have developed concepts for the area along with  Barton Willmore, following pre-application discussions with the Environment Agency, Coventry BID, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and many of the local businesses.

 Eilis Scott, acting Regional Director, Midlands, Historic England, said: “We welcome plans to continue the transformation of this part of the city centre to support economic recovery. Bringing this riverside area back to life will make it an attractive place for locals and visitors.”   









Written by: David Watkins

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