PLANS for a major urban expansion of Rugby including 1,300 new homes, a school, shops and industry have been approved.
The Rugby Gateway will create around 2,000 jobs when it’s finished.
It will be built on open land to the north of the town - immediately west of the Leicester Road and adjacent to Coton Park.
The development will host up to 1,300 new homes, a primary school, nursery, and a local centre providing community and retail facilities.
The plan was given the go-ahead at a recent meeting of Rugby Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for children, young people and families, said: “It is probably the largest single planning application that the council has ever determined.”
The development will provide a range of much-needed housing for the Borough and will create hundreds of jobs as construction takes place.
Cllr Timms added: “The council has negotiated with the developer to ensure that, where reasonably possible, the jobs created and the sub-contracts awarded go to the people and businesses of Rugby.”
She said the whole site will take around ten years to develop and work should start in the summer.
Open space features prominently in the proposals, which the council says will retain and enhance the canal ‘corridor’ to the west and woodland areas within the site.
Playing fields, allotments and children’s play areas are also proposed alongside the residential and community facilities.
The council says the new development will help fulfil its objective for more housing and employment in the town.