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In a rare move, a planning application which had been approved by North Warwickshire’s Planning Committee will now to be reconsidered by the Full Council. The application for 120 new homes off Spon Lane in Grendon must go to the full council as the result of a motion by Labour Councillors who have opposed the development.

The application, which was passed after all Conservative Councillors voted in favour of granting planning permission would have seen a ‘phase 2’ to the newly constructed Bellway site with the addition of 120 new homes. Labour Councillors have now invoked a part of the Council’s constitution called ‘minority report’ to force the application to go to Full Council. Grendon’s own Conservative Councillor, Andy Wright, did not attend the meeting. He has now missed two opportunities to throw out this damaging proposal.

Labour Councillors voted against the application, citing the congestion on the A5 and the rural nature of Grendon as a reason for opposing large scale development.

Local Borough Councillor, Ray Sweet said;

“This application offers nothing for Grendon. It would be the beginning of the end for a rural village and would see us end up as one big urban sprawl stretching from J10 M42 to Atherstone.

“I oppose this site because Grendon has taken its fair share of new housing. The A5 can not cope and there are no major services locally. The Council should be looking to build a new settlement for new homes on this scale, not dump them in existing villages.”

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“This is an unprecedented move to refer an application to Full Council. It’s certainly not been done in the last 20 years but this move shows how serious Labour Councillors are about protecting the green space around existing towns and villages. If the Council wants to build the 9700 homes it plans to, then we believe the only sensible and sustainable way to do this is to build a new settlement.

“Labour Councillors on the Planning Committee, all individually decided this wasn’t right for Grendon. I hope that at Full Council, some Conservative Councillors, including the Conservative Councillor for Grendon will individually decide it’s not right for Grendon as well.”

The decision will now be taken at the Full Council meeting to be held on 21st February 2018 at 6.30pm at the Council House in Atherstone. The meeting is open to the public.

Labour force Grendon Planning Application to Full Council

In a rare move, a planning application which had been approved by North Warwickshire’s Planning Committee will now to be reconsidered by the Full Council. The application for 120 new homes...

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Councillors in North Warwickshire are calling for more to be done to halt the decline in sports centre usage in the Borough.

Labour Councillors on North Warwickshire Borough Council are calling for the Council to do more after official figures showed over 50,000 fewer visits to the four centres in 2016 than the year before.

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;

“This decline in usage is worrying. The Council should be aiming to get as many people active as possible and whilst sports centres are not the only way to stay fit, this steep decline should be a concern to everyone. 

“The Conservative Council don’t have a great record when it comes to our sports centres. They tried to close Arley and now we’re seeing a huge drop in usage. In contrast, the last Labour Council, built a brand-new sports centre in Coleshill.

“Keeping fit and staying active is vital, particular for a population that is living longer. Figures show health outcomes could be better in North Warwickshire and our sports centres could be a way for the Council to help enable local people to become healthier.

“In nearby Nuneaton and Bedworth they have a wide range of free activities for certain groups. We don’t have that in North Warwickshire. It’s about time the Council started to look at how we can use the public assets we have to widen the opportunities for local people to get fit.”

You can see the figures for the last 8 years here.

Sports Centre Usage Slumps In North Warwickshire

Councillors in North Warwickshire are calling for more to be done to halt the decline in sports centre usage in the Borough. Labour Councillors on North Warwickshire Borough Council are...

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Tomorrow, marks four weeks until the end of the consultation being held by Tory led North Warwickshire Borough Council on their local plan. 

Labour oppose the plan that would see 9700 homes built mainly around the A5, Polesworth, Dordon, Atherstone, Hartshill and Ansley Common. 

Labour proposed an alternative plan but the Conservative Council rejected it. Labour would build a new 'Garden Village' near to Birmingham and J9 M42. You can read about our plan here.

Now we need your help in opposing this plan. Please respond to the consultation. 

You can find out more information on how to respond by clicking below but Labour have produced a template letter which you can download as a PDF here or in Word here. You can use this to send in to the Borough Council. If you can, please edit it slightly to make it individual to you.

Information on the Consultation from NWBC:

The Borough Council has agreed its submission version of the Local Plan.  Prior to submitting the document to Government there is one final consultation period.  This consultation period will run until 31st January 2018. Please ensure any comments are submitted by this date as any comments received after this date will not be considered.

The Local Plan when adopted will replace the Core Strategy 2014 and the saved policies of the Local Plan 2006.

A Sustainability Appraisal of the document has also been prepared for consultation which evaluates how social, environmental and economic issues have been taken into account in the preparation of the plan.

At this stage you can make comments on the “soundness” of the plan – to be sound a Local Plan should be: 

1. Positively prepared which means that the document must

  • Seek to meet local needs for a range of uses including housing and businesses, which have been identified through the studies which make up the evidence base

2. Justified means that document must be

  • Founded on a robust and credible evidence base
  • The most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives

3. Effective means that the plan must be

  • Deliverable
  • Flexible
  • Able to be monitored 

4. Consistent with National Policy 

  • The plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework

How can you get involved?

We will be holding a range of Drop in Sessions at various places throughout the Borough where the Forward Planning Team will be able to answer any questions/queries you may have.

 

DATE

DAY

VENUE

TIME

8/1/2018

Monday

Nursery Hill School, Ansley Common

5:00 - 7:00

10/1/2018

Wednesday

Tithe Barn, Polesworth

4.30 – 6.30

11/1/2018

Thursday

Hartshill Community Centre

5:00 - 7:00

13/1/2018

Saturday

Dordon Village Hall

10:00 - 12:00

15/1/2018

Monday

Kingsbury Church Hall

5:00 - 7:00

15/1/2018

Monday

Methodist Church Hall, Water Orton

5:00 - 7:00

17/1/2018

Wednesday

Warton Parish Rooms

5:00 - 7:00

18/1/2018

Thursday

Council House, Atherstone

5:00 - 7:00

22/1/2018

Monday

Coleshill Town Hall

5:00 - 7:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documents and supporting evidence and online versions of the questionnaire can be viewed and downloaded from the Borough Council’s website at  www.northwarks.gov.uk/planningconsultations

We encourage the viewing of documents and submission of comments electronically, where possible, to limit the use of paper and valuable resources used in the printing process. 

Alternatively copies of the documents can be viewed at:

  • Main Reception, Council Offices, South Street, Atherstone, CV9 1DE; and,
  • the Borough’s Leisure Centre’s; and
  • all local libraries, including the mobile service and the library in Nuneaton; and
  • the Community Hubs.

Please note that the Libraries, Leisure Centre’s and Hubs will only have an Executive Summary of the Sustainability Appraisal. The full document will be available on the website or in the Council House. 

To make comments please fill in the online or download a response form and send to planningpolicy@northwarks.gov,uk. Alternatively responses can be sent by post to the Forward Planning Team, North Warwickshire Borough Council, The Council House, South Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 1DE. 

All information supplied will be made available for public inspection. The Council reserves the right not to publish or take into account any representations which it considers offensive or defamatory

If you have any queries or require further information please do not hesitate to contact the Forward Planning team on 01827 719499/451 or email them on planningpolicy@northwarks.gov.uk.

 

 

Four Weeks To Respond to the Local Plan Consultation

Tomorrow, marks four weeks until the end of the consultation being held by Tory led North Warwickshire Borough Council on their local plan.  Labour oppose the plan that would see 9700...


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