Go-ahead for 2,500 homes to help meet Coventry's unmet need

Plans have been approved for up to 2,500 homes on a former green belt site on the southern edge of Coventry, which forms part of a 4,000-home allocation intended to help meet the city's unmet housing need.

A masterplan image of the Kings Hill Park scheme in Coventry (pic credit: Lioncourt Strategic Land Limited)
A masterplan image of the Kings Hill Park scheme in Coventry (pic credit: Lioncourt Strategic Land Limited)

Warwick District Council yesterday approved an outline application for the Kings Hill Park scheme on greenfield land at Stoneleigh.

Alongside the homes, permission was sought for up to 4,000 square metres of mixed-use floorspace (use classes A1/A3/A4/C2/D1/D2); a primary and a secondary school; landscaping and associated infrastructure and access.

According to a planning report, the site was removed from the green belt in the 2017 Warwick District Local Plan (WDLP).

The site allocation, known as H43, has a guide capacity of up to 4,000 homes with 1,800 to be delivered within the plan period up to 2029.

The report said the application "includes a large proportion of the overall allocation both in terms of housing and community infrastructure".

The overall site allocation covers 269 hectares, with the application site covering 140 hectares of this.

According to the report, the site's "allocation and delivery of housing is underpinned by WDLP policy and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Coventry and Warwickshire authorities to deliver housing within the housing market area".

As part of this, the report said: "Warwick District has apportioned a level of growth beyond the district's need to deliver Coventry City's housing requirement."

The report said the scheme would deliver 40 per cent affordable housing, 45 per cent of which would be for social rent. This would be in line with local planning policy, the report said.

On landscape impacts, the report said that, as an allocated site within the WDLP, "there are not considered to be substantive character impacts arising from the proposal".

However, the report said this would be "subject to the way in which the development would be arranged and landscaped at reserved matters stage".

Recommending approval, planners advised that the "location of development, quantum and land use" would comply with national and WDLP policies.

Consultancy Savills is acting for applicant Lioncourt Strategic Land Limited.

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