Local Plans adopted, but not without controversy
There has been a flurry of local plans adopted recently in the West Midlands, with Rugby Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council each consenting to their respective plans. In both authorities there was sustained opposition to the plans with neither being approved unanimously.
In Rugby, the plan allocated land for 12,400 homes, 110 hectares of employment land and over 8,000 square metres of retail space up to 2031. It was approved by members 22 votes to 13, with one abstaining and six absent. Leader of the council, Conservative Cllr Seb Lowe said that the plan would be vital to help “shape future growth and investment”. However, the Liberal Democrats said that the plan presented a negative vision for the borough, with gridlock and worsening air quality resulting from the “chase from extra housing”, according to Cllr Jerry Roodhouse.
In Nuneaton and Bedworth meanwhile, the local plan that will see up to 14,000 new home built over the next 12 years was approved. It proved controversial, however, with 17 Labour members voting in favour while 13 Conservatives and one Green votes against. There was concern that the borough was accepting Coventry’s housing overspill and that plan was tantamount to “environmental vandalism” for its proposals to build on the green belt. Labour members accused their Conservative counterparts of playing political games, with the authority unable to defend itself against speculative applications if a local plan as not in place.
Matthew Roberts - Account Executive