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Postby rebbonk » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:15 pm

Smells a little, doesn't it?
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Re: Council clears the way for homes to be built on green belt

Postby dutchman » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:10 pm

Plans submitted for 500 more homes on ex-green belt land in Keresley, Coventry

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PLANS for up to 500 more homes in Keresley in Coventry have been submitted amid concerns from green belt campaigners.

Keresley is earmarked for several housing developments outlined in Coventry City Council’s Local Plan, amounting to more than 3,000 new homes.

An outline planning application for the homes has now been submitted by Lioncourt Strategic Land for Thompsons Farm, Thompsons Road, Keresley End.

The site – about the size of 30 football pitches – was protected green belt land but has now been declassified in the Local Plan, which claims to outline a need for 42,400 homes to be built in and around the city by 2031.

The plans would involve the demolition of Thompsons Cottage and the surrounding buildings.

They also include ‘green infrastructure’ – including landscaping and play spaces – as well as a network of pedestrian and cycle routes.

A proposal for 550 homes in Keresley on nearby Tamworth Road and Fivefield Road has been objected to by the NHS, the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust – while Highways England has expressed some concerns.

Campaigner Peter Maddock says concerns about adding to the strain on the health service, traffic problems and environmental damage could be raised about the latest development which he describes as not having ‘adequate infrastructure planning’.

Fellow campaigner Sandra Camwell joined others including opposition Conservative councillors in calling for a review of housing plans in the area.

She said: “The developers are like vultures circling around a carcass.

“The council has got it totally wrong. We should have a review.

“The whole objection for Keresley is that the infrastructure is not in place.

“The roads are not adequate and they’re not equipped to take on more traffic.”

She also said the Victorian sewage pipework cannot support any more houses and fears lives will be lost due to the extra pressure all the developments will place on the NHS.

We have contacted Coventry City Council to comment.

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Re: Council clears the way for homes to be built on green belt

Postby rebbonk » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:34 pm

I thought I read that the local plan was flawed and was going to be reviewed?

But the question that hasn't been answered to my satisfaction is why we need homes at this rate. The local infrastructure isn't being beefed up to cope with it, so we're just adding to our already known problems.

Of course, the elephant in the room is uncontrolled immigration and the overcrowding it is causing.
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Re: Council clears the way for homes to be built on green belt

Postby dutchman » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:47 pm

Councillor claims Coventry needs EVEN MORE homes - despite campaigners' challenges

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THE COUNCIL says there could be even more new homes than currently planned after latest official statistics – despite research refuting a population explosion in Coventry.

Latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) data claims both the city’s projected population growth AND the need for new homes has increased once more.

Coventry City Council cabinet member for housing, Councillor Ed Ruane, has warned residents to expect more developments on top of the 42,400 planned in the council’s controversial Local Plan, which was based on 2012 figures.

Coun Ruane said the Local Plan figures for Coventry’s housebuilding up to 2031 – based on the offical population growth estimates – are a ‘minimum baseline’.

He told Tuesday’s full council meeting – in a written answer – that the latest ONS figures show an increased housing need in Coventry, equating to 2,100 more homes.

It is unclear whether the latest figures include the same disputed methodology and population data used in the ONS’ previous projections.

As we reported, green belt campaigners and residents say ONS data is grossly overestimating Coventry’s future population growth. They point to local data for birth rates in Coventry, schools entrance figures, benefits claims and more.

Campaigner Merle Gering (pictured above) has said ‘ghosts and vampires’ – people supposedly moving to or being born in Coventry – are showing no footprints on any regional statistics that would suggest a rising population.

He says the need for housing in Coventry has been vastly overstated and the city needs thousands fewer than planned.

Mr Gering suggests the true number of houses needed is closer to 18,600.

Council leaders have repeatedly said extra Council Tax revenue from more homes could be spent on council services, and they aspire for population growth to make Coventry a ‘top ten city’.

Coventry’s Local Plan, approved in December 2017, is based on figures from the 2012 ONS sub-national population projections and mid-year estimates.

The Local Plan states there is a projected increase of about 90,000 people from 337,000 between 2011 and 2031 – a rise of nearly a third.

This is forecast to be twice as fast as Birmingham and Rugby, and three times as fast as neighbouring Warwick and Solihull.

It represents the highest predicted growth outside London, campaigners say.

They also say it fails to account for departing graduates despite the student population explosion – and the types of homes needed to cater for real demand.

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Re: Council clears the way for homes to be built on green belt

Postby dutchman » Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:37 pm

Save Our Green Belt Walk for Coventry to focus on children and wildlife - as 3,000 sign petition

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A SAVE Our Green Belt Walk is set to step up the fight against 13,000 new homes being built around Coventry on green land – amid the backdrop of ‘climate emergency’.

Pupils from Cardinal Newman school in Keresley are set to join in the protest, and more than 3,000 people have now signed a petition.

It calls for the return of threatened land to protected Green belt status, and an urgent review of the city’s housebuilding plans.

The ‘one hour easy walk’ next Sunday (October 6) will take campaigners and residents over ‘historic and beautiful Keresley – Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden’.

It aims to demonstrate what would be lost – from ancient woodland to the site where rare medieval coins were discovered, to the one of the best wildlife ponds left in Coventry.

Keresley sees the breeding of 13 birds of “particular interest” to Natural England, while others pass through, the campaign literature states.

Keresley, Eastern Green, Finham, Westwood Heath, Coundon Wedge, Exhall, and Cromwell Lane are among sites identified in Coventry’s Local Plan to help the city build 42,400 homes in and around the city by 2031.

Campaigners say the figures don’t stack up, claiming the methodology behind predictions for Coventry’s population growth is flawed.

They allegedly include mistaken assumptions concerning Coventry’s present and future student population.

Campaigners also argue there is no real evidence that Coventry will grow faster than almost anywhere else outside London.

All the homes needed can fit on brownfield, they maintain.

Future generations will need moderate priced homes, not ‘luxury homes’.

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