Big night for the future of Dunchurch

Dunchurch library, the setting for today's meeting. NNL-161010-160053001
Dunchurch library, the setting for today's meeting. NNL-161010-160053001

The key battleground of Dunchurch is the next focus of Rugby Borough Council’s consultation on the draft Local Plan.

The consultation on the latest version of the controversial document began on Monday, September 26 and runs until Friday, November 11.

The six-week chance for residents to have their say is accompanied by a series of consultation events being staged by the borough council.

These are under way and reach Dunchurch today, Monday, when there will be chance for residents to see the massive impact the plan could have.

The protest groups working together under the About Turn umbrella to fight the plan have already been active in Dunchurch, with a lively meeting at the village hall organised by garden village opponents, who were supported by Woodlands Residents Association and Stop Ashlawn Road Development.

The garden village is in the draft plan for up to 1,500 homes but the land between Dunchurch, Bilton and Cawston could see up to 5,000 homes and employment land filling the current open space.

At the official consultation meeting in Bilton many residents saw what this could look like for the first time when copies of a map included in the Draft South West Rugby Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) were on show.

This map is not part of the current consultation but an indicator of what could follow if the plan is adopted. It was featured on the front page of the current issue of the Rugby Advertiser.

The Dunchurch consultation is today, Monday, at the village’s community library, from 6pm to 9pm.

The consultations continue tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11, at Brinklow Community Hall from 6.30pm to 9pm, at Ryton Village Hall on Wednesday, October 12, from 6pm to 9pm and on Thursday, October 13, at Binley Woods Village Hall, from 7.30pm.