Plans for 260 homes in Gallows Hill area in Warwick rejected

Land on Gallows Hill in Warwick.
Land on Gallows Hill in Warwick.

A plans to build 260 homes on land near Warwick Castle Park were refused planning permission last night (Tuesday).

The developer, William Davis Limited and Hallam Land Management Limited, submitted the plans to build up to 260 homes on the site near Gallows Hill.

Last night the plans went before Warwick District Council’s planning committee and planning officers had recommended that the committee grant planning permission.

The committee refused to grant the developer planning permission for a number of reasons.

The first being that the application would allow up to 710 homes instead of the 630 homes on the site as identified within the adopted Local Plan.

Another reason for refusal, as documented in the meeting’s decisions, was also because the development would ‘result in harm to the adjacent Castle Park and setting of the adjacent Conservation Area’.

There were also concerns about the amount of emissions and greenhouse gases that would be produced as a result of the development.

Councillors also identified that ‘there has been no public benefit demonstrated that outweighs the detrimental impact caused by the additional dwellings.’

Councillor John Cooke, chairman of Warwick District’s planning committee, said: “The proposals and key issues of this planning application were considered very carefully by Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee.

“During their debate Councillors expressed concerns about the additional level of housing proposed for the site, which is over and above that initially envisaged in the Local Plan.

“Their concerns are around the impact that the increased number of homes would have on the setting of the nearby Warwick Castle Park and Conservation Area and the unacceptable effects the increased traffic could have on the already high levels of air pollution in Warwick.

“Following Planning Committee’s decision the Council’s development services team will continue to work with the applicant to address these concerns, in order that the residential development proposal can move forward in accordance with the requirements of the Local Plan.”

A previous proposal had been submitted for the same site in October 2013 for up to 250 homes but it was withdrawn after a large amount of opposition.

The original plans received more than 150 letters of objection, which includes ones from Warwick Town Council and Bishop’s Tachbrook Parish Council.

The developer resubmitted the current plans earlier this year for up to 260 homes on the same site, which is situated in the middle of Gallows Hill and Banbury Road and is also near to Warwick Technology Park.

According to the plans 40 per cent of the new homes will be ‘affordable’.

The main access to the development has been proposed to form part of a crossroads with the current access onto Technology Drive.

The resubmitted plans had received around 35 letters of objection, again with Warwick Town Council and Bishop’s Tachbrook Parish Council also registering objections.

The site has been identified for housing in the Local Plan, which the district council formerly adopted last month.