South West Rugby residents reassured ahead of council meeting
The Leader of Rugby Borough Council has moved to reassure residents that the South West Rugby Supplementary Planning Document maintains and develops all existing protections for the site.
The document is proposed for adoption at the council meeting to be held this evening (Thursday 17 June).
The move comes after inaccurate and misleading information was circulated, leading to worried residents contacting the council. The SPD doesn’t change boundary treatments, remove protections from trees or woodland, reduce the threshold of adverse impacts of development from “severe” to “significant”, or change the amount of traffic that would be considered acceptable.
Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “Residents should be reassured that supplementary planning documents cannot add new policies and cannot contradict the local plan or the national planning policy framework. All existing protections, such as buffer zones, Tree Preservation Orders and traffic assessments, will continue to exist if this SPD is adopted, and none of the recent changes to the draft document weaken any protections in any way.
“An SPD cannot unilaterally change how planning applications are assessed, and nothing in this document should be interpreted as doing so. Quite simply, that is not what supplementary planning documents are for.
“What the SPD does do is add important supplementary information on a variety of themes including tree protection and green infrastructure, on transport, and the phasing of GP surgeries and roads. It reflects all of the requirements set out by the local plan inspector. And, it sets out how infrastructure will be phased and funded through S106 payments in a proportionate way across the development site.”
Councillors will consider adopting the SPD at their meeting at 7pm on 17 June 2021.
More information on the South West Rugby SPD can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/swrugby.