RESIDENTS are being asked for their opinions on potential development in the south west area of Rugby.
The draft South West Rugby Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) supports the borough’s new Local Plan and outlines the site’s design principles, infrastructure requirements and landscaping needs.
South West Rugby, approximately 390 hectares of land situated between Cawston, Bilton and Dunchurch, has been earmarked for 5,000 new homes and 35 hectares of employment land.
The SPD details the considerations developers should take into account before submitting a planning application and outlines an indicative layout for the site – including a district centre incorporating a GP surgery and shops.
The document outlines how schools, green space, play areas, cycle networks and a fire station should be delivered, together with measures to both protect and enhance the site’s woodland and wildlife.
The latter includes a ‘buffer zone’ to ensure the ancient woodland at Cawston Spinney remains protected, and a further buffer zone between the South West Rugby site and the village of Dunchurch.
The SPD also sets out the timetable for the creation of the South West Rugby Spine Road Network – comprising three new roads to link the site to the A45/M45, the A426 and the B4642 – during the phased development of the site.
Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “With a Local Plan now in place, the council can draw up Supplementary Planning Documents to provide a framework for the development of major sites and make sure the necessary infrastructure can be put in place to make such developments sustainable.
“The South West Rugby site plays a vital role in supplying the homes and employment land required to sustain Rugby’s growth up to 2031, so it’s vital the site can support a new, vibrant community with the necessary roads, public transport, health and education facilities, while protecting wildlife habitats and the ancient woodland at Cawston Spinney.”
A six week public consultation on the SPD is now underway. Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/swrugby for more information and to take part.
Copies of the document can also be viewed at the Town Hall, Rugby Library, Dunchurch Library and Wolston Library during normal opening hours.
Responses can be sent by email to email@example.com or by post to SW Rugby SPD Consultation, Development Strategy, Rugby Borough Council, Town Hall, Evreux Way, Rugby, CV21 2RR.