Decisions due on plans for hundreds of homes in and around Leamington

The plan for Grove Farm in Harbury Lane.
The plan for Grove Farm in Harbury Lane.

Two major planning applications for hundreds of houses in and around Leamington are due to go before a committee soon.

Developer AC LLoyd has re-applied to build 520 homes at Grove Farm in Habury Lane near Bishops Tachbrook will be considered by Warwick District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Council officers have recommended the committee grants permission for the development, which also includes a new country park area, providing a ‘satisfactory’ Section 106 agreement between the authority and the developer is in place by August 20.

Warwick Town Council has objected to the scheme on grounds that applications such as this “should be determined on the basis of an existing Local Plan”.

The town council is also concerned about additional traffic and the need for new houses when “current levels of development and existing planning permissions clearly demonstrate that the planning authority is able to meet a five year supply”.

The district council has also received 81 letters of objection from the public, which raise concerns about loss of good quality agricultural land, reduction in air quality, added pressure and demand on facilities including schools and doctors and lack of infrastructure to support the development.

Waterloo Housing has also applied to build 212 homes consisting of 118 flats and 94 houses with ancillary parking, open space and associated highway alterations in Station Approach in Leamington.

This would involve the demolition of the existing bus depot, car sales lot and disused building between the lower and upper portions of Station Approach and changes to the existing Warwick District Council car park which would reduce spaces from 300 down to 100.

Both applications, coded W/15/0851 and W/15/0905 respectively, can be viewed on the district council’s website.