13th Dec, 2019

1,400 home development plan for Kenilworth approved

Ian Hughes 14th Mar, 2019

DEVELOPING part of Kenilworth, including the building 1,400 homes, has been rubber-stamped.

Warwick District Council’s ruling executive has approved the development brief relating to land east of the town, alongside the A46, following an eight-week public consultation.

The agreement means the development brief will act as a supplementary planning document which can be used to help determine planning applications in the area stretching from Thickthorn roundabout and along Glasshouse Lane.

Most of the homes would be built on land at Thickthorn, which is set for 760 houses and the equivalent of 16 football pitches of employment land. The remaining 640 homes would be built at Crewe Lane.

Some 40 per cent of the homes will be affordable and the document says some student housing could be built in the area.

The proposals include a ‘local centre’ at the end of Glasshouse Lane, which would feature a community centre, shops, takeaways, restaurants and cafes.

There also would be room for a new home for Kenilworth School at Southcrest Farm, along with a new primary school.

To encourage this the masterplan includes a new cycle network around the town, with shared pedestrian and cycle paths, including on the so-called Spine Road – which would cut through the whole of the new development from Leamington Road to Crewe Lane.

District development spokesman Alan Rhead said: “I’m very pleased with this decision, which provides us with the framework by which we can ensure that the highest quality of development is provided for this area in a comprehensive way to serve our future generations.”

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