24th Oct, 2020

Plan for hundreds of new homes and a primary school submitted to council

HUNDREDS of homes, a primary school and open spaces have been proposed for the Coton Park East area in Rugby.

Property development company AC Lloyd has submitted an application for outline planning permission to Rugby Borough Council to build 475 homes and a two-form primary school at the site.

The plan also allows for Warwickshire County Council to build a secondary school within the 30-hectare development.

The mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes would include affordable housing and it is expected that the primary school would be built near the existing Rugby Free Primary School off Central Park Drive.

The proposed development includes open spaces and four greenways – Central Park, Newton, Coton Common and Great Central – which will provide areas for ecology and biodiversity, including proposed wetland and meadow planting.

They will also create recreation areas for free from traffic, and will link up with the Ashlawn Cutting Nature Reserve – also known as the Great Central Walk – on the east of the site which is cared for and maintained by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Des Wynne, Managing Director of AC Lloyd Strategic Land, said this was the first phase of a planning application which could lead to a total of 625 houses.

He said: “This location is allocated for housing in Rugby Borough Council’s Local Plan which was adopted in 2017 and it is easily accessible to open space at Ashlawn Cutting Nature Reserve – a disused railway line that ran on the eastern side of the site which is now called the Great Central Walk and is an important local green space.

“We have recently submitted an outline planning application and, if we are successful, that will shortly be followed by a detailed application for the primary infrastructure to construct the main roads through the site.

“This is a first phase application and if it is approved and it goes well, there is the opportunity to construct a further 150 homes as a second phase on the site.

“Green infrastructure plays an important part of this application and the proposed four greenways will enhance the open space and will provide users with plenty of walking routes with links across the site and to the surrounding area.”

AC Lloyd hopes to start construction in mid-2021.

Visit https://planning.agileapplications.co.uk/rugby and search ‘R20/0787’ for more information, or to comment.

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