Up to 860 homes will be built on land off Ashlawn Road in Rugby after developers successfully overturned the council’s rejection through appeal today (Tuesday, July 11).
Rugby Borough Council’s rejection 18 months ago was overturned as the Secretary of State was satisfied concern over air pollution in Dunchurch had been mitigated by a subsequent amendment.
Campaign group Stop Ashlawn Road Development (SARD) were disappointed by the ruling after a long-fought battle over seven years.
SARD chairman Cllr Bill Lewis said: “We have highlighted a number of significant reasons why the development is not sustainable and they have all been rejected.”
He added: “SARD is grateful to all those residents who has supported its actions over the years and in particular the committee members who have given their time freely and their support in other ways.”
David Wilson Homes appealed against Rugby Borough Council’s decision in January, 2016, to refuse planning permission, mainly because of the extra traffic it would bring to the Dun Cow junction.
The developers subsequently made an amendment ahead of the appeal decision to create a right-hand turning box on A426 Rugby Road to alleviate traffic heading for the A45 via Coventry Road.
This satisfied the concerns of Warwickshire Country Council and then the borough council, meaning campaigners were left on their own to fight the proposal.
It was announced today (Tuesday, July 10) that they had lost as the Department for Communities and Local Government overruled the refusal.
Campaign group Stop Ashlawn Road Development fought hard to get the borough council to reject the plans as well as the appeal. It has been contacted for comment.
David Wilson Homes’ east region regional strategic land director Matthew King said: “We are pleased by the recent decision to approve our joint planning application with Gallagher Estates for Ashlawn Road in Rugby and are delighted to be bringing much needed, high quality homes to the area.
“The site has been identified as being suitable for development and we will ensure the opportunity is taken to provide new homes, along with the associated infrastructure and facilities for Rugby.
“As a five star housebuilder we will be working with Gallagher Estates to ensure the timely delivery of the site and we will be looking to forge strong relationships with the local community that will last long after the homes have been built.”
The developers now have permission to build up to 860 dwellings, plus provide land for a potential primary school, with two vehicular accesses from Ashlawn Road, plus open space, green infrastructure, landscaping and associated infrastructure,
The Secretary of State’s report says: “There are no material considerations that indicate that planning permission should not be granted.”
The report says the lack of a five-year housing supply, the road changes in Dunchurch and the ‘benefits’ of the proposal means it should be given planning permission.