A plan for new housing surrounding a recreation area in Leamington’s Old Town has been rejected - before developers even submitted their formal proposals.
Warwick District Council has decided to end its investigations into a project put forward by Waterloo Housing Group about the potential for a 25-unit housing scheme on the outskirts of the Eagle Rec recreation ground behind Eagle Street.
As we reported, a consultation with residents and other affected organisations that took place last month was met with fury among members of the Friends of the Rec, who immediately launched a campaign against the plan.
As well as taking these reactions into account, council officers also referred to a covenant on the site that prevents any disposals without consent, which they saud “also presented difficulties in developing the area”.
Cllr Norman Vincett, responsible for policy on housing, said: “As a council, we have to balance the views of the local populace with the wider housing needs and inevitably, at times, this will mean going ahead with a project for the greater good of the district despite local opposition.
“However, on this occasion, having carefully considered all of the issues raised by residents, and in view of the binding covenants over the land, we have decided with Waterloo Housing Group not to pursue the Eagle Rec scheme any further at this time.”
See this Friday’s Courier for more on this story.