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Appeal: Secretary of state backs Rugby development


The secretary of state has agreed with an inspector’s recommendation to allow an appeal and grant outline planning permission to build up to 860 homes, a potential primary school, open space and green infrastructure at Rugby, Warwickshire.

Rugby Borough Council is preparing a local plan due to be submitted to the secretary of state for examination in summer 2017 and is expected to be adopted in February 2018. The secretary of state agreed with the inspector that as the emerging plan has unresolved objections it could only attract very limited weight.

He concluded that the council could not demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites. He also attached significant weight to the benefits of the proposal, including housing, indirect economic benefits to Rugby’s economy and local services, jobs created during construction and at the new primary school, provision of affordable housing, the community use of the school, the improved recreational and sporting facilities, improvements to public transport and cycle infrastructure.

The secretary of state agreed with the inspector that the Ashlawn Road West development is well related to Rugby’s town centre, residents would benefit from improved facilities and additional open space would be provided on the site.

The secretary of state's full decision can be read here – for free.

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