Another colossal housing estate boasting 650 homes could become the SIXTH new development in the north of Nuneaton.
More than a year after proposals were first revealed, developers Gladman have officially submitted a planning application.
They are seeking the green light to build 650 dwellings at Poplar Farm at The Long Shoot.
The firm, which is behind other developments in the town, says the new development will help to ‘meet the needs of the area, whilst respecting and enhancing the site’s environmental assets’.
If given the go-ahead by planning bosses, it will be the sixth development in the area, with Warwickshire County Council seeking permission for 360 homes on land off Eastboro Way.
There are homes currently being built by Bellway, Davidsons, Barratt and David Wilson Homes.
In the latest application received by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Gladman explains that the development will boat public open space landscaping sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) and vehicular access off The Long Shoot and Eastboro Way.
What sort of houses?
The outline planning application says it covers an area of 35.17 hectares and comprises 650 new homes at an average net density of 35 dwellings per hectare with a mix of dwellings types from two to five bedroom properties.
The development will offering a mix of market housing from first time homes to larger family homes.
As well as residential parking within the proposed development the application proposals also include a separate car parking area to serve neighbouring land use; an area for 25 parking spaces will be located off the proposed eastern access point adjacent to the existing residential home.
There will be two and two-and-a-half storey homes with some three storey buildings.
Public open space
A substantial area of public open space is proposed throughout the site.
There will be a series of connecting footpaths running across the site within green corridors and through the built up areas.
A new community park to the east of the site will provide habitat and recreational opportunities.
Harrow Brook Wetland Park will form part of the new community park to the east of the site.
The park will be focused on the natural habitat of the adjacent watercourse; Harrow Brook. The wetland habitat will be reinforced through a robust landscape management plan which will tie into the objectives of the local landscape and green infrastructure initiatives.
A path network will permeate throughout the park and link to the rest of the site green infrastructure making the park accessible to all. There will be opportunity for grazing areas to be included within this park to help achieve landscape objectives of the area
Also forming part of the new community park will be the sports and nature parkland. The proposed outdoor sports facilities will be located within this area alongside a larger equipped area of play. The play area would be able to provide natural play elements within an area of quality landscaping.
An outdoor sports area will be located to the south-east of the site with outdoor sports facilities. Several areas equipped area of play will be provided on site.
How to access the site
Two vehicular access points are proposed off The Long Shoot.
The western access point is located where the current access to Poplars Farm is located, directly west of 51 The Long Shoot.
The eastern access point is taken from the existing access route to Longlea Residential Home.
Pedestrian access will also be available into the site from the existing right of way that runs through the south western corner of the site.
Access to Wheatcroft Farm and Wheatcroft Farm Cottages will be retained along the track that forms the site’s western boundary.
Last summer, the firm held a public consultation into the plans and, in the planning application, it states: “Gladman is pleased that a number of people engaged with the consultation process for the proposed site and provided comments during the pre-application process.
Whilst many respondents objected to the principle of residential development on the site, others expressed support whilst some offered constructive comments.”
Among the concerns raised included the already ‘significant residential development’ in the area, the impact on the value of existing houses, there are more than 1,900 new dwellings already built or permitted in a small area of the town as well as flooding and highways issues.
What happens next?
Planning officers at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have set a target decision date of January 10 next year.
In the meantime, people can have their say on the application by logging on to the council’s website and searching for application number 035033.
Source: Coventry Telegraph