Concern over Dunchurch housing plans

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Plans for 50 homes in Dunchurch by Bilton Grange school are recommended for approval – despite furious opposition.

Some 86 letters of objection have been received by Rugby Borough Council and neighbours have said the impact on the already-busy A426 Rugby Road would exacerbate traffic flow through Dunchurch, including Bilton Lane and Adkinson Avenue.

The homes would be sited on farm land known as Homefield between Bilton Grange school and existing houses on Rugby Road.

Dunchurch Parish Council has objected to the plans and said the extra junction needed for the development would impact together with other developments including the crematorium, Cawston Grange extension, Onley Marina and Dirft. Parish councillors also say a pedestrian crossing that’s already necessary near the site will make problems worse.

Access would be from a new road off the Rugby Road extending into the site across the service road and between the neighbouring properties.

A Rugby Road Residents Association spokesman said: “The size of the development, if approved, would be the largest in Dunchurch for decades.

“Our hope is that when the planning committee meet they recognise, for the sake of common sense, the technical shortcomings in the application and reject it.”

A traffic assessment anticipates a total of 37 vehicle movements would be generated during the morning peak and 40 during the evening peak. The report concluded that this is not a significant increase.

Planning officers, who recommended approval, concluded: “There are no considerations of any significance which weigh against the development. The application should be approved without delay.” The planning committee will meet next Wednesday at the town hall at 5.30pm.