Hammerson’s planning application for the redevelopment of its Elliott’s Field Retail Park has been approved with overwhelming support by Rugby Borough Council’s Planning Committee. The plans represent a £35million investment in Rugby and include a full-line Debenhams store. By improving Rugby’s retail offer local people will have less need to shop outside the borough and the whole town will benefit as a result.

Redwood supported Hammerson in its pre-application consultation and the plans have received very strong political, media and community support since they were announced. A successful public exhibition, held in late 2012, was attended by just under 500 visitors, most of whom were very supportive.