19th Jun, 2019

Plans for huge business in Tournament Fields given green light

Laura Kearns 27th Apr, 2017

PLANS for a huge business development on Tournament Fields in Warwick have been given the green light.

Engine transmission company AVL applied to Warwick District Council for permission to build offices, laboratories and workshops the size of around two football pitches on the land off Edgehill Drive. It will also have more than 100 parking spaces.

The company say they want to create a ‘world-class testing facility’ for vehicle engines where they will employ some 100 staff.

The site is close to the Hilton hotel in Warwick and backs onto the Warwick bypass. It is surrounded by housing developments The Peacocks and Chase Meadow.

A number of objections to the proposals were received by the council, with residents concerned about parking on nearby estates, loss of trees and levels of noise.

Issues were also raised about access for the neighbouring ambulance station being blocked.

Warwickshire county councillor John Holland said: “There is a serious problem due to insufficient on site car parking. We need more spaces on site.

“Ambulances are being obstructed responding to 999 calls due to street parking.”

But council officers say due to lack of objection from the Highways Agency, parking is not a cause for concern.

The report says: “The proposals will have an acceptable impact on the living conditions of nearby dwellings and on the character and appearance of the area.

“The proposals are also considered to be acceptable in terms of car parking and highway safety. Therefore it is recommended that this reserved matters application is approved.”

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