Plans for 'mega cul-de-sac' in Whitnash refused for a second time - The Leamington Observer

Plans for 'mega cul-de-sac' in Whitnash refused for a second time

Leamington Editorial 20th May, 2021   0

PLANS for a ‘mega cul-de-sac’ in Whitnash have again been refused.

Developers AC Lloyd were refused permission in February to build 200 homes on land off Chesterton Gardens.

But after making some changes the plans were resubmitted.

An appeal was also lodged with government which will be heard separately by a planning inspector.

Residents and councillors have objected to both applications and said the development would cause traffic and noise pollution.

Warwick District councillors last night turned down the plans for a second time.

Among those to object was Green party coun Will Roberts. He said: “This is a fantastic result. I’m delighted the committee listened to the carefully argued cases that residents, myself and other councillors put forward about the severe noise and air pollution impact on people’s lives.

“I think AC Lloyd thought they could come in with a few cosmetic changes and the threat of legal bills at appeal and overturn a decision made by democratically elected councillors just three months ago.

“I now urge them to stop wasting our time, withdraw their appeal and come back to us when they’ve sorted out the issues that affect residents.”

Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western welcomed the result.

He said: “This must be decisive. I spoke at the meeting and I have raised this matter in parliament on a number of occasions.

“It threatened to transform most of Sydenham into a gigantic cul-de-sac consisting of more than 1,000 homes – exacerbating traffic, air quality and noise concerns. It would have made residents’ lives a misery.

“The decision sends a message to AC Lloyd that the development is not wanted by the residents of Sydenham. It also signals that the people of Leamington will not be bullied by big developers – and the Government’s Planning Bill which aims to stifle our right to oppose such developments will not change that.

“But the battle will continue. AC Lloyd will return, and we must quell its appeal to the planning inspector.

“For now, this is another victory for local democracy.”



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