Nuneaton News Pe­ti­tion de­mands re-think on huge new homes plan

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A DE­MAND is be­ing made to coun­cil bosses to re-think con­tro­ver­sial plans to al­low 15,555 houses to be built across Nuneaton and Bed­worth over the next 13 years.

Ac­tion groups from across the bor­ough have united to form one su­per cam­paign group op­posed to Nuneaton and Bed­worth’s Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ‘Bor­ough Plan.’

They have col­lec­tively ral­lied their ef­forts to ‘make their voices heard’ and to get the coun­cil to re­vise the con­tentious plan.

Now they are ask­ing res­i­dents to add their weight to the cam­paign, sign­ing a pe­ti­tion which they hope to get at least 10,000 sig­na­tures on.

“In or­der to make our col­lec­tive voice heard, var­i­ous res­i­dent’s ac­tion groups have now come to­gether to raise a pe­ti­tion about the nigh hous­ing num­bers in the plan,” said Lubs Cvetkovic, one of the mem­bers of the ac­tion group.

“We want a min­i­mum of 10,000 sig­na­tures to present to the coun­cil to clearly show that this is an ex­ces­sive hous­ing tar­get, largely as a re­sult of the coun­cil be­ing bul­lied by Coven­try coun­cil to take over 4,000 homes over­spill .”

The pe­ti­tion states: “The hous­ing tar­get by Nuneaton and Bed­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil in the draft Bor­ough Plan is ex­ces­sive and un­rea­son­able and over­states lo­cal need. We should not be forced to take over­spill from Coven­try.

“We are the most densely de­vel­oped dis­trict in War­wick­shire and least able to take so many ex­tra houses, while over­load­ing lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture for health, ed­u­ca­tion and roads.

“We call on Nuneaton and Bed­worth Bor­ough coun­cil­lors and the coun­cil to bury po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences and work con­struc­tively in the best in­ter­est of the bor­ough to es­tab­lish and com­mit to a lower hous­ing that matches lo­cal need, re­ject the over­spill from Coven­try be­cause it takes scarce land re­sources that are im­por­tant to our lo­cal environment.”

Cam­paign­ers say some of the sig­nif­i­cant changes are:

380 homes on Hawkes­bury Golf Course added to the plan

The 14,060 hous­ing num­bers to be built by 2031 re­mains but the num­bers could rise to 15,555 by the end of the plan, in 2031.

Each site hous­ing num­ber now pro­ceeded by ‘at least’ so devel­op­ers can build more than the al­lot­ted num­bers orig­i­nally stated.

Ma­jor de­vel­op­ments such as 775 at Calde­cote, 200 ex­tra at Higham Lane and at Tut­tle Hill plus around 500 at Chetwynd Drive are not in­cluded in the plan num­bers.

Coun­cil bosses have said that com­ments given in the con­sul­ta­tion into the con­tro­ver­sial Bor­ough Plan should only be made about the pro­posed changes and no other as­pects of the plan.

They say that the in­de­pen­dent plan­ning in­spec­tor, David Spencer, said that the con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise should fo­cus on the pro­posed main mod­i­fi­ca­tions only, and no other as­pects of the plan.

Cllr Neil Phillips, cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, said: “We are seek­ing feed­back from our com­mu­ni­ties on the pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tions to our emerg­ing Bor­ough Plan.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the fo­cus of this con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise is on spe­cific mod­i­fi­ca­tions, and the In­spec­tor is not re-open­ing any de­bate from pre­vi­ous stages of the ex­am­i­na­tion.

“I hope that those in­ter­ested in the mod­i­fi­ca­tions will con­trib­ute views to the plan­ning in­spec­tor.

“The Bor­ough Plan is an im­por­tant doc­u­ment which will shape our lo­cal area for many years to come – the in­put of the com­mu­nity in the whole process is vi­tal.”

Cllr Phillips has pre­vi­ously ad­dressed the is­sue of the num­ber of houses within the plan, say­ing the coun­cil will re­view the num­bers but only af­ter the plan is adopted. As pre­vi­ously re­ported, peo­ple power led to the coun­cil de­cid­ing to ex­tend the con­sul­ta­tion from the planned six weeks to eight weeks in or­der to give more peo­ple the chance to have their say.

The con­sul­ta­tion is run­ning un­til Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7.

Any­one who would like more in­for­ma­tion on the res­i­dents’ pe­ti­tion should log on to the page or email res­i­dents­ac­tion­ their

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