Outline planning permission was given for Rugby’s vast 6,200 home mast site expansion at a planning committee meeting last night.
Last night’s meeting means work will start on the 20 year development later this year, with the first homes being occupied in 2015. Eventually the mast site will have a population of around 15,000, increasing Rugby town’s population by 18 per cent. 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.
Cllr Craig Humphrey, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said after the meeting: “Bringing this site into use is a major step forward in delivering sustainable growth in line with our Core Strategy. With more and more companies and developers recognising the benefits of doing business with us, it is clear that Rugby really is open for business.
“When these new homes and the associated infrastructure and employment sites are complete the borough will become an even more attractive place to live, work and visit, with all the additional benefits that that will bring.”
The planning document specifies that the surrounding road infrastructure is to be built while the homes are built, amid residents’ fears over the existing road network being over-capacity.
Graeme Paton, of BT Property, said: “This resolution to grant planning permission is the culmination of more than 15 years of hard work and looking for the best solution for re-using the Radio Station site. It’s an excellent result for everyone who has been involved in contributing to and influencing the proposals.”
Neil McLeod, of Aviva Investors, added: “Rugby is growing and the Radio Station site will play an integral part in a sustainable and successful future for the town. Now that a resolution to grant planning permission is in place, we can get on with preparing to start work on site which means putting the infrastructure in place and drilling down to an even greater level of design detail.
“We have an experienced Preferred Development Partner in Urban & Civic and we hope to see the first new homes on the site coming through from 2015 which is great news for Rugby’s strategic housing supply. It means new homes coming forward together with new infrastructure and services, all as part of a cohesive and integrated development.”