Plans approved for 1,000 homes at Warwickshire strategic site

Plans have been approved for a new settlement of up to 1,000 homes at a site in Warwickshire as part of a wider plan to deliver 3,000 homes in the area.

An artist's visualisation of the finished scheme
An artist's visualisation of the finished scheme

The outline application, submitted by developers IM Properties Dev Ltd And Feldon Herbs Ltd, sought permission for up to 1,000 homes, leisure space, retail floorspace, associated infrastructure and green space at the 48-hectare site at Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath between Warwick and Banbury.

The proposal is part of a 300-hectare strategic allocation identified in Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s core strategy for 3,000 new dwellings, 100 hectares of land for the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover, and 4.5 hectares of land for the expansion of Aston Martin Lagonda.

A council planning report said that the provision of up to 1,000 homes would "help to boost and maintain the council’s 5 year housing land supply going forward (representing 43 per cent of the homes expected to be delivered during the plan period and approximately 9 per cent towards the overall housing target for the district for 2011-2031)".

It said that the plans would see the creation of a "balanced and inclusive community covering age, income, housing composition and tenure through an appropriate mix and type of accommodation coming forward".

The report also concluded that the proposal "can be controlled to secure appropriate mitigation and to ensure that no protected or notable species or sensitive habitats are materially harmed as a result of the development".

Planners said that other harm arising from the scheme, including some limited impacts on heritage assets, could "to some extent be mitigated by appropriate measures".

But the report said that planners considered that "the creation of a new settlement, including the proposed 1,000 dwellings and associated infrastructure is bound to have some irreversible impacts on what is predominantly a rural location".

Overall, the report concluded that the development complied with the council’s core strategy and could "properly be characterised as sustainable development" for the purposes of the National Planning Policy Framework.

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