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Warwick District Council's housing plan making progress

Leamington Editorial 7th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

WARWICK District Council’s bid to build for the future could finally be coming to an end.

The authority submitted its Local Plan to the government at the beginning of last year and a public examination was carried

out in September.

But the key planning document, which outlines where, when and how many houses will be built in the district by 2029, was rejected by planning inspector Kevin Ward, who said changes had to be made before it could be rubber-stamped.

Council chiefs went back to the drawing board and a modified version of the plan was released in February, nearly a month after it was due.

It was pushed back due to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, overturning the council’s

decision to refuse permission for 900 homes to be built on the Asps in Warwick – situated between Europa Way and Banbury Road. He also allowed 450 homes to be built on nearby Gallows Hill.

The two sites were added to the revised document along with plans for 1,800 homes on land north of Stoneleigh and smaller developments in villages including Bishops Tachbrook, Hatton Park, Leek Wootton and Radford Semele.

The modified plan makes provisions for somewhere in the region of 17,000 homes – around 6,000 of which are designed to

help meet Coventry’s unmet requirement.

So far, some 7,000 of these homes have already been built or had planning permission granted.

A period of public consultation on the updated plan ended in April and the council has since confirmed it would be submitting the agreed modifications and the consultation responses to the planning inspector on Friday.

A district council spokeswoman said: “We expect to hear back from the inspector by the end of June or early July, with regard to what he intends to do next and when.

“We are uncertain of the exact dates, but the likelihood is he will come back with a detailed timetable of public hearings starting in late September and running through October and November.”

Following the public examination, the inspector will be expected to produce a report and providing there are no further issues, he will then decide whether the Local Plan can be officially adopted by the council.


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