Local Plan: Leamington’s future is revealed

Leamington's future is revealed.
Leamington's future is revealed.

The future shape of Leamington and the surrounding district for generations to come will be unveiled today (Friday).

And the Courier can give you an exclusive glimpse into one of the most important documents in the town’s recent history.

The Local Plan, which details where thousands of homes will be built and how jobs will be generated, has taken many years of planning and led to many heated debates.

And after two drafts, today is the day that Warwick District Council’s final proposals will be made public.

The Courier can reveal that alterations have been made from the last Local Plan, with a new emphasis on finding homes on land near canals (especially Sydenham) and on brownfield sites.

But 54 per cent of the new homes for the whole district are being planned on greenfield sites - with 23 per cent on green belt land and 23 per cent on brownfield sites.

As expected, the majority of the homes - 2,700 - have been earmarked for the south of Warwick. About 830 are proposed for the Harbury and Bishops Tachbrook area south of Whitnash - and 300 are planned for Lillington, as part of an overall regeneration programme for the area.

Money will also be used to develop the town centre, industrial estates and new road networks - but no new primary schools are being planned for Leamington, although four are being proposed for the whole district to absorb the growth. However, Warwick District Council does want to expand Campion School.

Warwick District Council leader, Andrew Mobbs, said: “The Local Plan is the best plan to protect the future of our district.

“We have focused on brownfield land first and tried to distribute it across the district. We have also focused on canal side development.

“When it comes to green belt land, we have to justify exceptional circumstances and we believe we have done that in the Local Plan.

“We have listened to the consultation. The views of the people are important to us. We have engaged with people at forums and meetings and we have taken on board their views where we can, but we also have to consider the wider needs of the community.”

See today’s Courier (April 11) for more on this story.