Developer to foot £2.7m bill for new Rugby Mast Site roads

The developer will cover all costs

The developer will cover all costs

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The Rugby Radio Station Mast Site developers will be footing a £2.7 million to build new roads to serve the estate.

Warwickshire County Council agreed to add the site to its Highways Works last week, with all costs being paid by the developer.

The area will consist of more than 6,000 homes and developer needs to provide access to the northern side via the A5 and access to the southern side via the A428 Crick Road.

The southern site entrances comprise of a priority junction and a roundabout. A Toucan signal controlled crossing is also to be provided.

Eventually the mast site will have a population of around 15,000.

Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership (RRSLP), the joint venture including BT and Aviva Investors, will oversee a comprehensive regeneration of the site including homes, jobs and commercial space, schools, green space and a whole series of supportive infrastructure.

A new train station to serve the expanding Hillmorton area was approved in October.

The Rugby Parkway Station will be built on the A428-Crick Road, on land between existing housing and the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).

The new station will provide a service of two trains per hour (potentially three depending on various factors), allowing direct fast and semi-fast routes to Birmingham, Northampton, the West Midlands, London and the rest of the UK.

There will also be a 260- space car park, northbound and southbound platforms with a connecting footbridge, a car and bus drop-off point, and a highway connection on to Crick Road.

Rugby Borough Council recently unveiled its Local Plan, explaining how it intends to accommodate an extra 12,400 homes in the borough over the next 15 years.

Extending Rugby to the south west around Bilton and Cawston, a major development at Coton Park East, a new village on the edge of Coventry and more houses in villages have been identified as potential sites for around 8,500 homes. Residents, parish councils, developers and other partners will be able to have their say on the plans.

Preferred options for the Local Plan consultation include:

> An urban extension to the south west of Rugby with associated infrastructure, including transport, education and health care facilities.

> Additional housing and employment development at Coton Park East.

> Allocation of around 100 homes at each of the main rural settlements of Binley Woods, Brinklow, Long Lawford, Ryton on Dunsmore, Stretton on Dunsmore, Wolston, and Wolvey, subject to suitable sites being available.

> Go to rugby.gov.uk/planning for more information.