Anger at plan for 1,000 new homes off Ashlawn Road

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Devastated Rugby residents have launched a campaign to stop 1,000 new homes being built on open fields off Ashlawn Road.

David Wilson Homes is proposing to build 1,000 homes, a primary school and associated infrastructure on land between Ashlawn Road and the Hillside estate - close to the landmark water tower.

Lara Price, 5, is 'sad' that the fields at the back of her family home could be built on.

Lara Price, 5, is 'sad' that the fields at the back of her family home could be built on.

The Price family live in Norton Leys and say they are ‘devastated’ that the fields they overlook could be built on.

Lara Price, five, said: “I am sad because I like the view. I wave to the farmer and he waves back.”

Nick Price said: “It seems protecting the countryside is never a consideration these days and we can’t complain just because it will spoil our view, shade our house and create more noise. There are a number of others reasons it should not go ahead which will impact on so many more people.

“More commuter congestion on Ashlawn Road, pressure for school places and pressure on services such as the hospital. The fields offer protection from flooding, concrete will not.”

Neighbours in the area have launched an ‘Ashlawn Road’ Facebook group where residents can share concerns which include traffic, flooding and the impact on the environment.

Former councillor and Hillside resident Bill Lewis said: “It’s not the right place to put the development. We are keen to stop it happening.”

David Wilson Homes has distributed hundreds of leaflets to homes in the area outlining its plans for the site.

Speaking to the Advertiser this week, Carrick Casson-Crook, strategic land director for David Wilson Homes, said: “These much needed homes will benefit the local economy through investment into jobs and by significantly increasing expenditure. We will endeavour to work with the community and consult people to further understand any specific concerns and help frame our development proposals as much as possible.”

Mr Casson-Crook said they intend to submit a planning application in the summer.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for planning and economic growth, said: “This council has supported controlled, sustainable growth in locations of our choosing. This has resulted in the approval of the mast site and Eden Park, our preferred areas.

“However, the government’s latest planning policies mean we have to achieve an annual housebuilding target and identify enough land for the next five years, plus five per cent. If we miss either measure we have to consider any planning application against national policy, so we should expect to see speculative planning applications such as this.”

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