Protestors vow to keep fighting Ashlawn Road development despite changes to plans

Cllr Bill Lewis (Chairman of SARD), Maureen Rogers, Steve Clarke, Cllr Marion Nash, Richard Allanach & Anthony Rogers
Cllr Bill Lewis (Chairman of SARD), Maureen Rogers, Steve Clarke, Cllr Marion Nash, Richard Allanach & Anthony Rogers

A protest group has vowed to continue fighting a proposed new housing estate in Rugby despite developers making changes to the plans.

Campaigners say revised plans for the Ashlawn Road development ‘do not address their concerns’ about traffic and health care.

David Wilson Homes Ltd wants to build 860 houses on land north of Ashlawn Road, along with a one-form entry primary school and a recreational green space.

The firm has filed revised plans which include scrapping a proposed mini-gyratory system in Dunchurch.

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.

But Stop Ashlawn Road Development (SARD) said the developer has failed to take residents’ concerns regarding health care and traffic into account.

SARD press officer, Sara Herrington, said: “The developer agrees that its scheme will put extra traffic on local roads and force many motorists to use short cuts such as Bawnmore Road and Percival Road as ‘rat runs’.

“The developer even agrees that the Dun Cow junction in Dunchurch will seize up, or as the developer put it, will ‘not operate within normally accepted limits of performance’. However, apart from some extra traffic lights and a new 40mph speed limit on Ashlawn Road, the developer is proposing nothing that would solve the problems it intends to create.”

Ms Herrington said the developer’s approach to health provision was ‘cavalier’.

“The Ashlawn Road developer is planning to add to Rugby’s GP chaos. Neither of the two GPs surgeries which are closest to the new development will take any new patients from this area. People will struggle to find a GP or a dentist.”

Richard Edwards, strategic land director for Barratt Developments in the Eastern region, which David Wilson operates 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.

“Other provision for future residents and the wider community, including healthcare, will be discussed as part of the S106 agreement with the local authority, as is standard for any new development.”