Victory for residents as Hillmorton housing application refused

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

A controversial housing application was refused at the Rugby Borough Council planning meeting last night (Wednesday).

Gladman Developments Ltd wanted to build 107 homes on land at Waldings Farm in Hillmorton, 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 - resulting in fierce opposition from residents.

The plans were recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers but last night, councillors on the planning committee unanimously voted against the application.

Pauline Woodcock, a member of the Residents for the Preservation of Hillmorton group, told the Advertiser last week: “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.”