Campaigners say road plan would harm Dunchurch’s famous statue

Stop Ashlawn Road Development protesters highlight the threat to Dunchurch's beloved statue. NNL-160607-091145001
Stop Ashlawn Road Development protesters highlight the threat to Dunchurch's beloved statue. NNL-160607-091145001

Campaigners fighting the controversial Ashlawn Road homes bid have discovered updated plans pose a threat to Dunchurch’s beloved statue.

When David Wilson Homes’ plans for up to 900 homes were rejected by Rugby Borough Council earlier this year, big issues included the impact on traffic at Dunchurch crossroads and air quality.

The developers are appealing against that decision and in preparing the case for that appeal hearing have released extra information, including an attempt to tackle the problem at the crossroads.

But they have done so in a way likely to provoke a storm among everybody who loves the statue – especially when it gets dressed up at Christmas.

The plans are being opposed by Stop Ashlawn Road Development (SARD).

They say the developers first wanted to create a mini-gyratory in the centre of the village, then said the problem could be solved by painting extra white lines at the junction.

Their new attempt to is to convert the land in front of the Lord John Statue into an extra traffic lane for traffic coming from the Rugby direction.

SARD’s press officer Sara Herrington commented “The centre of Dunchurch is a conservation area.

“The developer’s latest proposals would harm the setting of the Lord John statue and appear unsafe. We urge all Dunchurch residents to make their views known on this proposal by e-mailing the planning inspectorate at Leanne.palmer@pins.gsi.gov.uk”

A public inquiry into the development will be held at the end of January 2017.

The extra information can be found in the Rugby Borough Council planning portal under reference R13/2102. In the ‘view plans and documents’ section there are June 30 papers – and others – listed as ‘appeal’.