A Government announcement to build 14 new garden villages across the country has led to calls from Labour Councillors in North Warwickshire for the local Borough Council to seriously consider the option of building their own ‘garden village’.
Announcing the policy, Conserative Minister Gavin Barwell MP said “Garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need.”
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“It’s not often I issue a statement backing a Conservative Government policy but on this occasion the Conservative Minister is right. North Warwickshire has to build a minimum of 9070 new homes over the next 15 years. The Conservative Government’s policy means we have no choice in this matter.
“The Borough Council can however set out the land it wants homes built on. The options are very simple. You can build new homes in existing towns and villages or you can build a new village.
“The first option comes with no guarantee of new infrastructure, places pressure on existing infrastructure and public services and just as importantly, it does not generate the same economic benefits to a local area as building a new village.
“A new village would come with new infrastructure, new services and would provide a huge boost to the local economy.
“I again call on the Conservative Borough Council to listen to the views of local people. Hundreds of locals marched the build route in Dordon and Polesworth today to express their opposition to the plan.
"The Council should withdraw their damaging plan to build thousands of homes in Atherstone, Dordon, Polesworth and Ansley and instead go back to the drawing board to explore a new garden town or village.”