Plans submitted for major mixed scheme on site released from Coventry green belt

Plans have been submitted for a 2,625-home urban extension on former green belt land on the edge of Coventry.

Eastern Green: urban extension to Coventry
Eastern Green: urban extension to Coventry

Earlier this month, land promoter Hallam Land Management lodged an outline application for the scheme, which would also include ten hectares of employment land, district and local centres, a primary school and a new link road to the A45.

The Eastern Green proposals cover a 141-hectare site allocated for mixed-use development in Coventry City Council’s 2017 local plan, which removed the land from the green belt.

A planning statement submitted with the application said: "The application site will add to the housing and employment ‘offer’ of Coventry, providing an aspirational new neighbourhood which delivers a range of homes and jobs to meet local needs and which will also strengthen Coventry’s role as a key city within the West Midlands."

The application proposes that 25 per cent of the homes should be provided as affordable and also includes extra care homes for elderly residents.

The proposed district centre would provide around 10,000 square metres of retail, while the local centre would see the creation of 1,000 square metres of retail and community facilities.

Small workspaces, general industrial units and storage and distribution warehouses would be created on land allocated for employment use.

The proposals also include a network of green infrastructure, including a new community park and smaller open spaces connected by "green corridors".

In March, the government agreed a £350 million funding deal with councils in the West Midlands to help them deliver 215,000 homes in the city-region by 2031.

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