Local Plan which changes shape of Warwick goes public

Warwick's future is revealed.
Warwick's future is revealed.

The document that will change the shape of Warwick forever will be made public today (Friday).

And the Courier can give you an exclusive glimpse into one of the most important documents in the town’s recent history.

The Local Plan, which details where thousands of homes will be built and how future jobs will be generated, has taken many years of planning and led to many heated debates.

And after two drafts, today is the day that Warwick District Council’s (WDC’s) final proposals will be made public.

The Courier can reveal that alterations have been made from the last Local Plan - but, like in the previous plan, 
Warwick will still bear the brunt of the new houses.

The majority of the homes - 2,700 - have been earmarked for the south of Warwick and 830 are proposed for the Harbury and Bishops Tachbrook area. But this is lower than expected, with the site south of Gallows Hill and The Asps (which currently has an application for 900 homes) both being taken off the list of preferred sites.

South of the main housing area - known as the Myton Garden Suburbs - will be a large country park. WDC said it wants this to act as a ‘buffer’ to stop further development.

When the plans were first mooted in the previous drafts, many people in Warwick expressed their anger over the large number of homes marked for the town. Even the MP, Chris White, formed his own petition to have the plans completely scrapped.

Action groups, such as Save Warwick, have already said that they will fight the plans.

If approved by councillors on April 23, the Local Plan will go to central Government for final approval. Protesters said they are confident that the plans will be thrown out at that stage but WDC believe the document is sound and justifiable.

Warwick District Council leader, Andrew Mobbs, said: “The Local Plan is the best plan to protect the future of our district.

“We have listened to the consultation. The views of the people are important to us. We have engaged with people at forums and meetings and we have taken on board their views where we can, but we also have to consider the wider needs of the community.”

See today’s Courier (April 11) for an in-depth report on the Local Plan in Warwick and the whole of the district.