Ashlawn Road housing row: developers ‘welcome comments’

The plan for 85 new homes
The plan for 85 new homes

People’s views are being examined after a public consultation was held over plans to build 85 houses in Hillmorton.

Staff from ‘strategic land promotion’ company Richborough Estates met people living nearby to discuss their idea and have taken on board views and concerns.

It wants to build a new residential development off Ashlawn Road between St Andrews Rugby Club and Ashlawn School.

Jonathan Bloor, planning and land manager at Richborough Estates, said: “The public consultation was well-attended by just under 100 members of the local community, including local ward councillors, representatives of the local schools and Hillmorton residents.

“The feedback we received has been extremely insightful and we are now updating our proposal to address as much of this feedback as possible.”

He said the plan has to be beneficial for all concerned.

“We’re committed to creating the most mutually beneficial plans,” added Mr Bloor.

“We will continue working with the local community to enable us to deliver the best possible master plan for the site.

The public consultation, which took place at St Andrews Rugby Club, was attended by local residents and business owners to find out about proposals from Richborough Estates for a “high quality” residential development of around 85 new homes.

The consultation gave people living nearby a chance to offer their views on the initial plans ahead of submission to Rugby Borough Council in the coming months.

Current plans for the proposed development include: a new vehicular access off Ashlawn Road, between St Andrews Rugby Club and Ashlawn School; pedestrian footways which lead to new streets and public open spaces; and new residential streets which the developers say are inspired by existing streets.

Noise and increased traffic were among the concerns some expressed at the public exhibition. Cllr Jerry Roodhouse said the plan is causing ‘big problems’. Another resident feared for the effect on local services.