Marina development in green belt rejected

Two schemes for mixed use development in Warwickshire comprising a canal marina for 150 berths and community facilities in the form of allotments, community centre, public open space and play area, foot and cycle paths have both been refused outline consent.

One scheme for the former golf course next to the Coventry Canal proposed 150 market and 50 affordable dwellings. The other incorporated 169 dwellings. Both appeals were recovered by the secretary of state because they involved significant development in the green belt.

The inspector recommended the appeals be allowed but while the secretary of state found the arguments to be finely balanced, he concluded that the benefits would not outweigh the harm to the greenbelt and some harm to sustainability from increased private car travel. In favour of the scheme was provision of a marina facility, an absence of a five year supply of housing land, a need for affordable housing and some ecological benefit.

The secretary of state, however, placed less weight than his inspector on the value of new open space, paths, allotments and community building, concluding that the positives did not clearly outweigh harm to the green belt from the loss of openness sufficient to justify inappropriate development.

Inspector: Jessica Graham; Recovered appeal


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