A NEW ‘dormitory town’ on Rugby’s outskirts will severely damage the town centre, according to the Green Party.
As the debate over the controversial BT mast site housing development gathers pace, the Rugby Green Party this week argued that the site is not ‘brownfield’, meaning already developed, and should have been reclassified as fresh ‘greenfield’ land.
Roy Sandison, spokesman for the Rugby Green Party, said: “Rugby Borough Council will do severe damage to our town if they force through the plans to build a new dormitory town on the mast site.
“The site in reality is clearly not a brownfield site and should have been reclassified as a greenfield site, because of the limited structure impact that the old radio station had on the site.”
Mr Sandison claims that the Green Party is not against new houses being built, as long as an attempt is made the tackle the number of empty homes in the UK.
He said: “The proposed developments fail in our view to meet even minimum standards in respect of design, community sustainability, energy consumption in use and retention, on-site energy generation and heat distribution.
“The use of a ‘fast’ bus to Rugby town centre is a laughable and a miserably poor suggestion. A new railway station or tramway would have had more credence in dealing with this key area to protect the town centre and meet transport needs.”
The Green Party said it believes that the development of 6,200 new homes, schools and businesses on the site could leave Rugby like a “ghost town”.
Mr Sandison said: “This could well see the closure of what is left of the independent shop sector in our former thriving town centre. Rugby will become a ghost town in the centre with the only thing on offer being charity shops, betting shops and pawn brokers, something that is starting to take place even now.”
Last week Rugby Borough Council warned Clifton villagers that protest signs against the development must be taken down or it would remove or obliterate them. Campaigners said they were more determined than ever to fight against the plans.