A Dunchurch councillor has raised concerns about the future of green space in the borough after an application to build 50 new homes was submitted.
Proposals in the planning application is for the 50 new houses to be built in a field near Bilton Grange off Rugby Road.
While this field is not in the greenbelt, Cllr Howard Roberts - Independent councillor for the village - is worried that the plans will act as a precursor for further planning applications on the actual greenbelt around Dunchurch and in other villages.
Cllr Roberts said: “All fields support some degree of flora and fauna and I think great care should be exercised before agreeing to build over them. Once built upon green spaces are irretrievable. If these plans are approved then I fear we will see speculative applications on the greenbelt around the village.”
Cllr Roberts added: “The development is sited on Rugby Road which is already very busy at peak times. The prospect of up to 100 extra cars turning onto and off the road everyday is very concerning. At present no acceptable plan has been offered to mitigate this looming situation.
“I hope the planning officers will look at the effects that this development would have on the rest of the village. It is likely to make the transport system very congested and put pressure on other facilities in the area.”
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