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Hundreds of homes axed from Warwick District Local Plan - have your say

Ian Hughes 17th Mar, 2017

HUNDREDS of homes are set to be axed from Warwick District’s Local Plan.

A consultation, which runs until May 5, proposes the removal of six sites previously earmarked for housing allocations. They include:

* Land north of Milverton, Leamington

* Land at Red House Farm, Lillington

* Land south of Wasperton Lane, Barford

* Land east of Cubbington

* Land south of Spring Lane, Radford Semele

* Land at Brownley Green Lane, Hatton Park

The proposed modifications will reduce the overall number of proposed houses by 740 meaning the total supply of homes will now be 17,139 – against a housing requirement of 16,776.

Other major proposals are set to be retained within the Local Plan. They include:

* All other housing allocations including land for housing at Kings Hill, Westwood Heath, east of Kenilworth and a number of growth villages

* Land allocated for the relocation of Kenilworth School at Southcrest Farm

* The allocation of land for the sub-regional employment site in the vicinity of Coventry Airport

Once the consultation is finished, the government’s Local Plan Inspector Kevin Ward will consider all the responses before preparing his final report.

If the Inspector then concludes the Local Plan is sound – subject to modifications – Warwick District Council can then adopt the Local Plan.

Council leader Andrew Mobbs said: “We are delighted that the Inspector has not suggested changes to the vast majority of the council’s proposals and has indicated that if these modifications are made our Local Plan can be adopted.

“It is vital to our district that this happens as soon as possible, as it will allow the council to put a clear policy framework in place to ensure that the much needed housing development in our district is of high quality and we can protect our environment and the green belt.

“The adoption of the Local Plan will also put us in a stronger position to resist future development on unallocated sites. I very much hope that residents will take the opportunity to comment on these modifications.”

Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/newlocalplan for details of the proposed main modifications and how to respond to the consultation.

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