Dunchurch and Bilton still under siege from housing plans

Stop Ashlawn Road protesters recently highlighted the threat to Dunchurch's statue from the revised plans they are fighting and there could be many more battles to come in the area. NNL-160607-091145001
Stop Ashlawn Road protesters recently highlighted the threat to Dunchurch's statue from the revised plans they are fighting and there could be many more battles to come in the area. NNL-160607-091145001

A new garden village of up to 1,500 homes not far from Dunchurch is the big new addition to Rugby Borough Council’s latest version of its plan for future development.

Lodge Farm, to the south- west of the A45, opposite Onley prison, replaces a proposal for a new village at Walsgrave Hill Farm, which is in the green belt.

The new site is now in the Local Plan publication draft document which will go to a meeting of the borough council next Tuesday, July 19, at the town hall at 7pm.

Councillors are recommended to back a consultation on whether the evidence base and site allocations meet technical and legal requirements, to run from Monday, September 26 until Friday, November 11.

The proposed plan includes development targets of 12,400 dwellings between 2011 and 2031, along with 110 hectares of employment land.

The big issue of mass housing between Rugby and Dunchurch remains. There is now talk of buffer zones between the two and around Cawston Wood and Cock Robin Wood but up to 5,000 homes and link roads are still in the plan.