Concerns over plans for new homes in Long Lawford

Some residents are concerned about increased noise and traffic
Some residents are concerned about increased noise and traffic

Plans to build 112 new houses in a Rugby village were due to be approved on Wednesday night – despite concerns from residents and parish councillors.

People are worried about increased noise, more traffic and lack of facilities in Long Lawford.

Developers William Davis and Bloor homes want to develop land in Back Lane.

Eight letters of objection were sent to Rugby Borough council along with concerns raised by the parish council.

Cllr Stephen Jones, chairman of Long Lawford Parish Council, said: “I don’t think the plan is a good idea for the village at all.

“Long Lawford struggles with the resources available as it is, without more homes being built.

“The school has extended twice and the roads are not particularly good around that area.”

He said people’s safety should be number one priority.

“My concerns are all based on safety,” added Mr Jones.

“We do not have a doctor’s in the village. The village has got insufficient resources for the people here at the moment. I’m worried about the state of the roads and the bridge that would be used by parents with pushchairs.”

Residents also raised potential problems including loss of privacy, increased noise, and the impact on wildlife including trees being lost and the risk to the many bird species living close to the site.

It was due to be approved at yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) meeting of Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee with a number of conditions in place.

Planning officer Karen McCulloch recommended that councillors grant planning permission. In her report on the matter, she states: “The proposals will introduce built development into an area that is currently mostly agricultural land, there will therefore be a change to the character of the area.

“However, the scheme has been designed to reduce this impact.”