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Warwick campaign group challenge maths

The former stawberry field that is being required for housing.
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The former stawberry field that is being required for housing. MHLC-15-10-13 strawberry oct53

Bishops Tachbrook parish councillor Ray Bullen believes that Warwick District Council is looking at a £30 million budget shortfall if it pushes ahead with plans for 12,900 new homes.

Last December Mr Bullen, a recently retired town planner, was able to meet the Government’s planning minister Nick Boles when he visited Westminister in the company of Chris White, MP.

He’s glad the new planning guidance now being issued by the Government places greater emphasis on infrastructure and the environment, neither of which he believes are being properly addressed in the Local Plan, out next month.

The parish councillor, who is also an active member of the Save Warwick group, said: “We have prepared our own estimates of the capital costs of road improvements, cycleways, park and ride, country parks, clinics, GPs surgeries, primary and secondary schools plus an extension to Warwick Hospital.

“With extra policing plus adult and children’s services there will be a bill to the public purse of something over £215 million.

“And while the developers will contribute and the district council will get the New Homes Bonus, by our calculations there will still be a shortfall of income over costs in the region of at least £30 million.”

Mr Bullen says he and others in the Save Warwick group don’t claim to have the perfect answers for everything. But based on the evidence available, they are confident they have a good grasp of the likely costs.

Any shortfall, they claim, will have to be met by 
taxpayers.

 

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