Business leaders call for reinstatement of new Ansty village plan - The Rugby Observer

Business leaders call for reinstatement of new Ansty village plan

Andy Morris 19th Jan, 2018   0

BUSINESS leaders in Warwickshire are calling for a rethink about the decision to drop a key development site from Rugby’s Local Plan.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce wants the Planning Inspector who is assessing Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) Local Plan to recommend the reinstatement of a ‘model’ village at Ansty/Walsgrave Farm which would expand the Ansty Park site to provide more jobs, homes, infrastructure and green space.

Chamber chief executive Louise Bennett said the village could be ‘a game-changer for the whole sub-region’.

She said: “It’s absolutely crucial we provide more space for the jobs the sub-region is going to need in the future.

“The scheme at Ansty/Walsgrave Farm is perfectly placed to help deliver a development that is economically sound and sustainable.

“There is no location or development opportunity elsewhere in the sub-region that can bring together – creatively and sensitively – major new and multi-opportunity employment and the scale and diversity of new housing within a new community.”

Chamber vice-president David Penn said it would be a major blow to the sub-region’s ambitions if the model village was not put back into the Local Plan.

He said: “This development would allow for highway improvements that would create a crucial, alternative route for blue light access to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, which would benefit the whole area.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity and would mean the region missing out on vital jobs, homes and infrastructure.”

RBC growth and investment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “We have submitted an ambitious Local Plan to deliver the employment and housing requirements for the borough and sub-region for the next decade.

“The plan will now be rigorously examined by a Planning Inspector and evaluated against national planning policy. We trust the inspector to weigh all of the relevant arguments when he considers his recommendations.”

The Local Plan sets out where in the borough housing and employment land should be allocated over the next 13 years, and identifies the required supporting infrastructure.

It allocates sites for 12,400 homes, 110 hectares of employment land and more than 8,000 square meters of retail space up until 2031.

A series of public hearings discussing proposed changes to the plan begins on Tuesday (January 23).


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