Hillmorton residents fight to save future of their valley

Residents stand next to the land at Waldings Farm.
Residents stand next to the land at Waldings Farm.

Hillmorton residents are facing the crucial battle in their fight against a planning application to build homes on farm land off Barby Lane.

Gladman Developments Ltd wants to build 107 homes on land at Waldings Farm, in addition to vehicular access from Barby Lane, footpaths, cycleways and associated infrastructure.

Back in May, the Advertiser reported that the proposed development would back onto existing homes on Westwood Road and part of the Ashlawn School playing field.

The plans have now been recommended for approval when they go before Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee in less than a week’s time.

Pauline Woodcock, a member of the Residents for the Preservation of Hillmorton group, said: “We know that the councillors on the committee only want the best for Rugby and we all hope, and pray, that they see through the developers’ spin and make the right decision for Hillmorton, and for our town.

“The development is not sustainable – that is clear. It is also in the countryside and would destroy the landscape around the Rainsbrook Valley.

“The National Planning Policy Framework clearly states that we have a responsibility to preserve the landscape for future generations and that is why we are fighting so hard to make sure this development does not go ahead.”

Cllr Yousef Dahmash, who represents the Caldecott division on Warwickshire County Council, also voiced his concerns over the application. He said: “The proposal to develop Waldings Farm is an example of bad development.

“It will bring no associated, and vital, infrastructure to Hillmorton and will burden our already busy local roads and bulging schools, whilst destroying the landscape of the Rainsbrook Valley.”

Councillors will vote on the proposal at the planning meeting on Wednesday, July 27.