Rugby councillors approve 50 new homes in Dunchurch

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Plans for 50 new homes in Dunchurch by Bilton Grange School have been approved.

Councillors at Rugby Borough Council approved the plans on Wednesday night.

The site will include a mix of housing types and sizes. A total of 40 per cent (20) of the homes will be affordable and will consist of a mix of two and three bedroom family homes.

Rugby Borough Council received 86 letters of objection from neighbours who raised concerns the development would have an impact on the already-busy A426 Rugby Road would exacerbate traffic flow through Dunchurch, including Bilton Lane and Adkinson Avenue.

The homes will be sited on farm land known as Homefield between Bilton Grange school and existing houses on Rugby Road.

Dunchurch Parish Council has objected to the plans and said the extra junction needed for the development would impact together with other developments including the crematorium, Cawston Grange extension, Onley Marina and Dirft. Parish councillors also say a pedestrian crossing that’s already necessary near the site will make problems worse.

Access would be from a new road off the Rugby Road extending into the site across the service road and between the neighbouring properties.

Following Wednesday night’s decision Cllr Howard Roberts, who opposed the development, said: “I am deeply disappointed with the planning committee’s decision to grant planning permission for 50 properties on Rugby Road.

“Anyone who lives in Dunchurch knows that building here is going to cause more traffic misery and harm the Pugin architectural heritage at Bilton Grange. That is why I joined with local residents opposing this application at every stage and why the parish council opposed it too. However, there currently is no deliverable safe access to the proposed site and so the committee’s decision may prove premature.

“This decision is further proof that resident feeling is being ignored because of short term political goals. Those members of the committee who waved the application through without serious debate should take a long hard look at how much damage they are doing to Rugby’s heritage.”

A spokesman for Bilton Grange said: “We are pleased that the outline planning application for Home Field was approved by Rugby Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

“This planning application for a lower density housing development comes after considerable formal and informal consultation, which included the careful consideration of the school’s Pugin heritage.

“The scheme was revised to meet the concerns of English Heritage, and accordingly we are pleased to now be able to move this application forward.”