On Friday the 30th October an article appeared in the Leamington Courier about plans to build possibly as many as 7000 homes in a new village on Kings Hill next to Finham. The following is a summary of the article.
It is reported that Warick District Council (WDC) has recently agreed to take Coventry's "shortfall" of 7008 homes into their original local plan for 12800 homes by 2029. The Government's planning inspector agreed in the last week of October to suspend the local plan while the Coventry surplus is added to WDC's total. This inspite of it being Green Belt land and strong opposition to the loss of open countryside within Warwickshire.
WDC's Andrew Mobbs said "I am delighted that the inspector has agreed to our timescales and suspended the Local Plan. This means that we can now move forward positively and fend off unwanted development. It is quite correct that a site bordering Coventry will be considered fully."
The full text of the article can be seen on http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/7-000-houses-from-coventry-set-to-be-built-outside-kenilworth-1-7039556#axzz3qoF8pQAv
The article goes on to erroneously state Coventry Coucil owns the land. In fact it only owns 27% of Kings Hill. Lynette Kelly had unsuccessfully campaigned during the General Election offering to make Kings Hill available for development with the aid of the Coventry Council leader Ann Lucas. Previously under Councillor Mutton, Coventry had refused to sell Coventry's holding. If such a development takes place council tax goes only to WDC
There is land between the Ansty Science Park and Coombe Abbey which is just as suitable being adjacent to Coventry and has better infrastructure for communications: motorways M6 and M69 and the eastern bypass. Furthermore the Eastern bypass isolates it from existing housing.
We need to start now campaigning to stop this development. In 2009 the plans for Kings Hill were for half this number of houses and included two primary schools. It was assumed at that time that Finham Park School (now Academy) would take the extra children from Kings Hill. Now we have Finham Park2 being developed to take more Coventry children without any intake from Kings Hill. Look out for Finham Residents Association organising an opposition group to lobby WDC and Coventry Council.