Hundreds attend Ashlawn Road housing meeting

Residents Judith Hicks and Pat Cole look over the plans
Residents Judith Hicks and Pat Cole look over the plans
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Hundreds of people attended a drop-in event at the weekend to learn about plans to build 860 new homes in Ashlawn Road.

It was held on Saturday by campaign group SARD (Stop Ashlawn Road Development) and took place at Norton Leys, Rugby.

David Wilson Homes is proposing to build homes, a primary school and associated infrastructure on land between Ashlawn Road and the Hillside estate – close to the landmark water tower.

Resident Nick Price said: “We were told the houses wouldn’t be above a certain height, we were told there would be no vehicle access through the Hillside, we were told there would be a primary school. We keep getting told there is no wildlife in the fields but I’m not sure this is not the case. We are constantly being told we need more homes yet no-one has added up the number of approved homes to be built.”

Simon Kilby, who lives near the site, said there are enough houses being built elsewhere in the town.

“I don’t think there should be any development in Ashlawn Road,” he said.

“I think there’s enough houses being built elsewhere in the town. It worries me that services are being reduced and the population is getting bigger.”

Cllr Bill Lewis, chairman of Stop Ashlawn Road Development, said 200 people attended the event.

He added: “A large luxury horsebox was used as the venue and the fine weather allowed SARD to exhibit drawings and plans in a way which enabled everyone to see them.”

Call the borough council on (01788) 533533 to find out how to comment on the plan.