Planning framework for South West Rugby development approved
A supplementary planning document setting out the framework for the development of the South West Rugby site has been adopted at a meeting of the council held tonight (17 June 2021).
The South West Rugby Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) plays an important role in delivering the 5,000 new homes and 35 hectares of employment land earmarked for the site.
It details how – and when – the site’s schools, green spaces, district centre, GP surgery, fire station and play areas should be delivered alongside housing and employment developments, and explains how woodland, wildlife, trees, hedgerows and potential sites of archaeological significance should be protected.
The SPD includes a 15 metre ‘buffer zone’ to protect the ancient woodland at Cawston Spinney, in line with Natural England policy, together with plans to transfer the management of the spinney to the council’s parks and grounds team.
A landscaped buffer zone between the site and Dunchurch has been included in the SPD to protect the village's character and identity, and the buffer incorporates a 'green corridor' connecting Cawston Spinney to Cock Robin Wood.
Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: "The South West Rugby site has a key role to play in driving the borough's growth and economic recovery following the pandemic, and the SPD provides an important framework for the site's development, including the delivery of infrastructure.
Creating a cohesive and sustainable community in South West Rugby has always underpinned our work on the SPD. It’s now down to all elected councillors to work together to ensure these new communities are well integrated with existing neighbourhoods.”
A proposed amendment that sought to add new buffers and increase buffer sizes, bring forward infrastructure deliver, add information on parking standards and impose ‘building for life’ standards could not be supported, either because they introduce new policy, duplicate other policy documents or could not be justified. Supplementary planning documents cannot add new policy, should be supported by evidence and should supplement, not repeat, other documents.
Cllr Simpson Vince added: “The amendments proposed tonight clearly aim to make the south west Rugby development site more attractive and sustainable, but they do not meet the criteria for a supplementary planning document. We will however look to see if there is more that we can do, on this site and others, to meet these aims.”
There is more information on the south west Rugby SPD at www.rugby.gov.uk/swrugby.