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Controversial plans for over 200 homes in Whitnash paused

Leamington Editorial 18th May, 2023   0

CONTENTIOUS plans to build 200 homes and create a ‘mega-cul-de-sac’ in Whitnash have been paused.

The planning application to build the homes between Sydenham and Whitnash has been called in by the Government, meaning an inquiry will be held to examine the hugely-unpopular plans.

The update comes after Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing to request this move following his long-standing opposition to the development which would see houses built on a plot of land as large as 13 football pitches.

The extent of the plot led residents to dub the planning proposal a ‘mega cul-de-sac’.

Mr Western started the campaign, Stop East Whitnash, eight years ago in 2015 urging for no more homes to be built in that area.

The plans, submitted by developer AC Lloyd, were for at least 200 homes to be built on the land near Campion School playing fields, with concerns it could rise to as many as 500 homes.

Concerns were also raised that there would a lack of infrastructure for the new builds, with no plans to build additional shops or increase spaces at the local GP practice and the development would see a real increase in traffic in the local area – which currently only has one access road planned into the estate.

Mr Western, who first opposed the building of the development when he was a Warwickshire County Councillor, said he was delighted the plans had been paused.

He continued: “These flawed plans will only cause issues for local residents, increasing the strain on already hard pushed services, creating a significant increase in traffic and would do little to address the affordability crisis.

“I am hopeful that sense will prevail, and we’ll get the decision that is right for the community, with them at the forefront of the decision, not the developers.”

The development was initially rejected by Warwick District Council’s planning committee back in 2021. Over 120 residents formally objected to the plans at the time, along with Whitnash Parish Council, while a petition against the development attracted more than 400 signatures.

That decision was subsequently overturned by the Planning Inspector after an appeal by developer AC Lloyd.

Residents are hoping that this time a second inquiry finds in their favour.


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