Radford Semele to gain 60 new houses in latest scheme

The Local Plan for Warwick district.
The Local Plan for Warwick district.

A plan to build 60 new homes on land in Radford Semele which was unusually supported by the village’s parish council has been approved.

But Sharba Homes Ltd must agree to provide certain financial contributions towards infrastructure in the area no later than June 6 for the approval to remain valid.

The firm plans to build the new homes on 3.4 hectares of land to the north of Southam Road. Warwick District Council had received 18 letters of objection to the scheme, which raised concerns, among others, about the potential harm the site would cause to open countryside, the perceived danger of the access to the site being on the brow of a hill and on a bend and the loss of productive agricultural land.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has also objected due to what it sees as the “additional burden” the development would place on the healthcare infrastructure of the area.

But Radford Semele parish council had written in support of the scheme, while the district council also received another 14 letters of support.

Penny Butler, planning officer at the district council, had encouraged councillors on the planning committee to approve the application, pointing out that Radford Semele has been allocated 100 homes in the district’s latest version of the Local Plan.

At the planning committee’s meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of the scheme, subject to the completion of a satisfactory agreement to secure contributions from Sharba Homes Ltd, stating that if this agreement is not reached, the committee would be encouraged to withdraw its approval.