16th Jul, 2019

New school, country park and homes look set to be developed between Whitnash and Bishops Tachbrook

Laura Kearns 10th Jul, 2019

A NEW school, country park and 150 homes look set to be developed between Whitnash and Bishops Tachbrook.

The plans submitted by developers AC Lloyd include a primary and secondary school, sixth form and special education provision to be built on land off Oakley Wood Road, just off the junction with Harbury Road.

The proposals – which have yet to be approved by Warwick District Council – also include plans for some of Tach Brook County Park, which when completed will be around the size of 60 football pitches.

Previously the school was proposed to be built behind the existing Myton School but the site was not big enough.

It is needed to meet demand for the estimated 1,000 extra secondary school places which will be needed in the district by 2025.

The new school would accommodate some 1,200 pupils and the plan is for it to open by 2023.

But the reaction to the proposal has been mixed, with some saying they do not support the new housing aspect of the plans, despite 40 per cent of the homes being earmarked as affordable.

But others have voiced their support for a country park and school.

If the plans get the green light the area will have seen nearly 900 new homes built over the coming few years.

District council leader and local ward councillor Andrew Day welcomed the application which he said has been ‘well put together’.

He told the Observer: “It places the school where people live and within a few miles within where people will use it. Before people would have had to travel to miles to access it at Myton.

“It will meet the needs of many people locally, people can walk through the country park to access the school which is an eco-friendly aspect of it. People will also be able to use the sports pitch out of school hours.”

And developers AC Lloyd say the site would benefit all those living in the area.

A spokeswoman said: “If we were granted planning consent, we would hand the site for the school over to Warwickshire County Council who will then take the lead on construction.

“The education provision is also to be designed so the outdoor play, indoor sports and community facilities will be available for community use outside of school hours.

“The proposal will also change and extend the proposed Tach Brook Country Park so it links directly to Bishop’s Tachbrook village and to all the new housing areas south of Harbury Lane enabling a truly green way for people to get to and from school as well a new, large public open space for all the community.”

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