UP TO 1,000 jobs could be created with the development of the former Peugeot site in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
An application for a warehouse, small offices and a light industrial unit were due to be approved by Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee last night (Wednesday). Although the site is green belt land, “very special circumstances” mean the developer’s application has been recommended for approval. These included the economic benefits to the area, the existing character of the landscape and the previous use of the site as a car factory.
But objections have been raised by villagers in Ryton, who feel that the roof of the development on site A, the site nearest to Coventry, is too high. They also raised concerns about the impact on the landscape, the amount of air and noise pollution from lorries and other equipment.
One also said that a proposed 4m-tall fence around the site would give it a “prison-like appearance”.
Cllr Geoffrey Marsh, chairman of Ryton on Dunsmore Parish Council, stated villagers’ main concerns were to do with height.
He said: “We agree with developing the land in principle but at 15 metres high, we still feel the buildings on Site A are too high.
“We think the building would be out of keeping and will affect the amenity of villagers’ homes. We’ve suggested that a height of 12 metres would have been more appropriate.”
He added: “Although these plans may be approved the devil is in the detail and there will still be more discussions to be had to make sure the village isn’t badly affected by traffic or noise from the site.”
A report from borough planning officers said: “The visual impact of a series of uniform modern buildings compared to the previous buildings across the site, including the chimney stacks, would be an improvement.
“In addition, the amended plans now show an extensive structural landscape area around the edge of the site that would benefit the overall appearance of the area.”