Work on former Rugby college site resumes after concerns over trees

Ben Smith from Bellway
Ben Smith from Bellway

Work has resumed on a development of 131 homes in Rugby after developer Bellway satisfied planning inspectors’ concerns about trees on the site.

Bellway halted construction at The Academy in Lower Hillmorton Road in June at the request of planning officials from Rugby Borough Council.

The authority has now agreed that work can continue in line with the original planning agreement.

Bellway is developing the former East Warwickshire College site, which had been vacant since 2012. A portion of adjoining land has been set aside for an extra care facility for people who may need day-to-day assistance but want to retain their independence.

Bellway Sales Director Ben Smith said: “We are pleased to be back on site at The Academy. We are focused on delivering the homes the community needs to help meet local authority targets for new homes.

“Of course, delays are always frustrating but the planning team has a job to do. They are satisfied that we are operating within our planning consent and work will continue in line with this.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our first visitors to the development towards the end of the year. Enquiries from house-hunters have continued to flood in, even while work was on hold, so we are confident that the development will be well received.”

Bellway will build two, three and four-bedroom homes at The Academy. In addition to providing land for an extra care facility, the developer will contribute £248,822 towards education in the area; £68,069 towards indoor sport; and invest £43,871 in improving and maintaining Whitehall Recreation Ground in Hillmorton Road.

East Warwickshire College merged with Warwickshire College in 2003. It relocated to a new £33m campus at Technology Drive in 2010. The site was briefly used as a training centre for Warwickshire Police but the buildings were demolished in 2012.

People can register for updates on progress at The Academy at www.bellway.co.uk or call Bellway’s Whittle Fields development in Lutterworth on (01455) 207831 to find out more.