Protesters say Ashlawn Road development would make Dunchurch’s air pollution even worse

Stop Ashlawn Road Development protest group held a demonstration on Saturday
Stop Ashlawn Road Development protest group held a demonstration on Saturday

Determined protesters held a demonstration in a bid to stop a proposed housing development from making air pollution levels worse.

Stop Ashlawn Road Development group (Sard) met at the Dun Cow junction in Dunchurch on Saturday to protest against David Wilson Homes’ plans to build 860 houses on land north of Ashlawn Road.

The group argued that more houses and cars would lead to an increase in air pollution, and said Dunchurch already has the worst air pollution levels in Rugby borough.

Sara Herrington, Sard press officer, said: “Dunchurch has the worst air quality anywhere in the borough of Rugby. The council’s 2015 air quality monitoring report shows that the amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air has exceeded Government guidelines in each of the last two years.

“The proposal to build up to 900 houses off Ashlawn Road will inevitably add to congestion and air pollution at the crossroads.”

Ms Herrington said: “Rugby estimates it needs 480 new houses each year and the 6,200 houses it has granted planning permission for on the Radio Station site would meet our town’s needs for the next thirteen years. We don’t need a large development in the south of the town and the local roads have not been designed to cope with the extra traffic.”

David Wilson Homes recently made changes to the housing plans but Sard still felt its concerns regarding healthcare and traffic were not addressed.

If approved, the development would include a one-form entry primary school and recreational green space.

Plans for a mini-gyratory system in Dunchurch have been scrapped.

The company is proposing that traffic lights be installed on Ashlawn Road at the Paddox pub, Barby Lane junction and on pedestrian crossings at the Cock Robin roundabout. There would also be a new 40mph speed limit on Ashlawn Road.

Richard Edwards, strategic land director for Barratt Developments in the eastern region, which David Wilson operate under, said: “The proposed scheme will deliver a package of highway and transportation improvement measures that have been discussed and agreed with Warwickshire County Council.

“Whilst there will be additional traffic created by the scheme, the resultant impact will not be severe, and the proposal of a new bus service into the development should help to encourage the use of public transport by future residents.”