Rugby residents concerned over Ashlawn Road housing plans

Jerry Roodhouse, Noreen New and Richard Dodd, Lib Dem councillors for the ward
Jerry Roodhouse, Noreen New and Richard Dodd, Lib Dem councillors for the ward

People living near Ashlawn Road in Hillmorton are concerned about more homes being built in the area.

Their fears include an increase in noise, more traffic and pollution, one resident saying it was a “free for all”.

Developer Hourigan Connelly wants to build 80 homes on land off Ashlawn Road on behalf of Richborough Estates.

The firm revealed its scheme at a public exhibition at St Andrew’s Rugby Club last Thursday (July 3).

Tom Herald, of Ashlawn Road, said: “It seems there is a housing development free-for-all at the moment.

“What with this application and the other one for 1,000 homes down the road, it looks like every plot of available land is for housing estates in Rugby with no thought for essential infrastructure and key services resulting by the extra population.”

He said he is fearful that essential services are being stripped while the population is growing.

“I am worried the ‘powers that be’ are cutting so many essential services yet do not seem to see this extra Rugby population will need extra services instead of less,” said Mr Herald.

He said the decision makers need to resolve the current problems as opposed to creating new ones.

Cllr Jerry Roadhouse, (Lib Dem, Paddox) said: “This application is causing big problems within the community and people have a number of concerns. I attended the exhibition and it seems people are worried about noise and more traffic.”

The application states that in accordance with Rugby’s policy, 40 per cent of the dwellings would be ‘affordable’ housing to help meet the needs of local people.

If approved, they will range from one to three bedroom properties and split on a 75 per cent social rented and 25 per cent shared-ownership tenure.

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