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Finham Community Orchard Print E-mail

By now all Finham Residents should have received a notification from the Parks Service at Coventry City Council, notifying them of a proposed Community Orchard in the Finham area.

Unfortunately there was an error in the notice about the location of the green space which has caused some confusion.  The rectangular space in question is bounded on four sides by Leigh Avenue, Cotswold Drive, Canford Close and Howes Lane, with access from Howes Lane and Cotswold Drive.

At the Finham Residents Association meeting on Tuesday 28th June representatives from the Coventry Tree Warden Network outlined their proposals for the Community Orchard.  They pointed out that community orchards in other parts of the city had been welcomed by the residents and been a great addition to the landscape.

The Residents Association had already received complaints about this project which they put to the Tree Wardens who commented that only part of the green space would be planted with trees and that the type of trees to be used would not be tall enough to overshadow residents’ gardens.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Coventry Tree Warden Network please contact them through their website at www.ctwn.org.uk.

Kings Hill 2/Gibbet Hill/Finham Print E-mail

You need to be aware that the land marked for development by Warwick District Council no longer centres just on Kings Hill.  It now extends from Green Lane in the north to Stoneleigh Road in the South and from the railway line in the west to the A46 in the east.

The proposal appears to include Wainbody Wood but this does not necessarily mean that they will be able to remove the woodland, it is just showing the parcel of land under consideration.

The full details of the New Local Plan can be found on http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20410/new_local_plan

New threat to Kings Hill 2 Print E-mail

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.



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