September 29th, 2016

Wellesbourne ‘can’t cope’ with more homes say campaigners

Wellesbourne ‘can’t cope’ with more homes say campaigners Wellesbourne ‘can’t cope’ with more homes say campaigners
Image courtesy Anne Parry. (s)

SCHOOLS and doctors surgeries in Wellesbourne are full to bursting and the village simply cannot cope with more homes.

So say campaigners who are preparing to fight the latest bid for developers to build in the village.

Braemar Midlands Ltd have submitted a planning application for up to 86 houses to be built on land off the Kineton Road.

But villagers say Wellesbourne has already taken its fair share of homes in recent years and there is no room for more.

Over the past five years, around 800 homes have been approved by Stratford District Council- 350 of which were granted permission when developer Persimmon Homes included an application for a new state-of-the-art doctor surgery in the centre of the village.

Objections to the latest application centre around the lack of consultation or engagement with villagers from developers.

Campaigners maintain sufficient provision for homes in the village has already been made in the council’s Core Strategy document, which is now subject to the planning inspector’s scrutiny.

Road safety concerns for the site entrance have also been raised – the road has poor visibility and the entrance is close to the change in speed limit from 50mph to 30mph – which residents say is often ignored by drivers.

Kineton Road resident, Michelle Balmer told The Observer: “For Wellesbourne to have more housing on top of the amount we’ve already had in the last five years is just not sustainable.

“The village is at tipping point in terms of its resources and we don’t want that anymore. The traffic perception study was focused on the Fosse Way and accidents there.

“But that’s not relevant to the junction onto the Moreton Morrell lane where the speed limit changes from 50mph to 30mph – people who live on the road know many drivers don’t adhere to the limit.

“The 2,000 homes being approved at Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath was somewhat bittersweet but we hope it will put a stop to more development in Wellesbourne.”

The application is set to be discussed by Stratford District Council in the coming months.

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