A Special Meeting arranged by the Warwick Society will be held at 19.30 on Wednesday 4 July at the Hill Close Gardens Visitor Centre, Warwick. Councillor Les Caborn will outline and discuss the proposals, which include over 3,000 new houses on green land around Warwick. All are welcome.
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From the Chairman:
Warwick District Local Plan
The District Council is preparing a new Local Plan which proposes substantial development around the district’s towns, and a little in its villages, over the fifteen years 2014 to 2029. Full information about what it proposes is available at the Council’s website www.warwickdc.gov.uk/newlocalplan, and a printed booklet should be available at Council offices.
The main proposals are:
- Over 11,000 new homes, of which over 8,000 would be built on greenfield sites, extending the urban areas in ‘garden suburbs’.
- Of the greenfield sites, nearly 40% would be in Warwick, which currently houses under 20% of the district’s population
- New houses would cover the land south-east of Warwick, filling almost all the green space between the Banbury Road, Greys Mallory, Europa Way, Myton and the Technology Park. This would become the site of some 2,900 houses, plus employment, open space and community facilities. The new suburbs would cover a substantially larger area than any of Warwick Gates, Woodloes Park, or Chase Meadow.
The Council states plainly that this development would inevitably lead to extra pressure on the transport infrastructure and proposes that the developers should finance considerable road improvements around the edges of Warwick and Leamington. But the Council admits that these will be insufficient to avoid increased congestion.
We are very concerned that the scale of development is excessive, that the remaining green space around Warwick will bear a disproportionate share of it, that little priority is given to brownfield infill development within the towns, that there will be increasing dependence on the car, and that Warwick’s historic town centre, the quality of the air that we breathe and of the life that the town lives will again be threatened.
We have until 27 July to respond to the proposals, and objections will be considered at a planning enquiry during 2013.
Les Caborn, the District Council portfolio holder responsible for the plan, offered at our AGM to come and talk again about the proposals.
I must apologise for giving little notice, but we have accepted his offer, and a special meeting will be held on the evening of Wednesday 4 July, starting at 19.30, at the Hill Close Gardens Visitor Centre. Members of the Leamington and Kenilworth societies are also invited to the meeting.
I hope that you will be able to attend, and ask you to pass the invitation on to anybody else, whether a member of the Society or not, who you think might be interested.
The meeting will help the Society’s Committee to formulate its own response to the proposals, and members themselves may also wish to comment to the Council: this will be a good way to inform your own opinion on the proposals.
I do hope to see you at the meeting. Please email or phone if you wish to know more about it, or to discuss the proposals themselves.
with best wishes,