Proposals for 150 new homes on the eastern side of the estate on Birmingham Road will go before Warwick District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, 27th March.
And council officers have recommended that councillors approve the expansion that will see Taylor Wimpey build 90 open market homes and 60 so-called affordable houses of between one and five bedrooms.
Hatton Parish Council supports the development, but has concerns about the perceived lack of pedestrian and cycle connectivity to local facilities, the absence of solar panels to all dwellings where it is feasible, and what it described as ‘the additional burden on services’.
Hatton Park Residents’ Association has complained about the lack of a direct pedestrian link between the two sites, saying that new residents would be ‘isolated as opposed to integrated with the existing community’ as they not be able to safely easily access the existing community and its facilities without going out onto Birmingham Road.
And that existing Hatton residents would have limited access to the new area of open space, which it said was the only facility being added to the estate.
A number of neighbouring residents have also objected, citing additional traffic on Birmingham Road which is ‘already not acceptable and results in regular queuing and congestion’, claims of lack of school and doctors places, loss of green belt, fears over flood, the loss of trees, and a lack of parking.
MP Matt Western said that he had ‘received several letters of complaint regarding the proposed development’ and as such has requested to speak at the planning meeting.
The 18-acre site is in the council’s recently-adopted local plan, which sets out housing sites between now and 2031, and, according to planning officers, it ‘is considered to accord with all relevant provisions of the development plan.
Hatton Park is on the site of a former general hospital and King Edward VII memorial hospital, and the first homes were built there in the late 1990s.
It is in the green belt and includes the Ancient Woodland of Smith’s Covert to the north of the site.
At the time of the 2011 Census, it had a population of just over 2,000 and 798 homes.
The planning committee will make a final decision at its meeting at Leamington Town Hall on Tuesday, which starts at 6pm.
Source: Stratford Herald