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2,000-home application submitted in Warwickshire

Words: Laura Edgar

A planning application has been submitted to Stratford-on-Avon District Council for the first phase of a new settlement that will include 2,000 homes.

The application is for land adjacent to Lighthorne Heath, a village near Gaydon in Warwickshire.

As well as the 2,000 homes, the outline application includes proposals for a village centre, a supermarket, elderly accommodation, a new primary school, community hub, health centre, sports and recreation facilities, and a 47-hectare managed ecological reserve.

Identified in Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s emerging core strategy, the 140-hectare site is the first phase of a 300-hectare development on the M40 corridor.

The core strategy allocation is for 3,000 new dwellings, 100 hectares of land for the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover as well as 4.5 hectares of land for the expansion of Aston Martin Lagonda.

The application was submitted by Nexus Planning in collaboration with John Thompson & Partners on behalf of Commercial Estates Group and the Bird Group.

“Extensive consultation and stakeholder engagement” has taken place over the past two years, said Nexus Planning.

Richard Burke of Commercial Estates Group said: “The submission of this application is an important milestone in delivering housing on the site. We want to begin to deliver housing by 2017 in order to assist in satisfying local housing needs and support the proactive economic aspirations of the local and wider area. To do this, and to support the government’s housing growth objectives, we will be seeking to secure planning permission by the end of the year, following a process of detailed engagement with the local planning authority and other stakeholders.”

Roger Tustain, managing director of Nexus Planning, added: “By ensuring the development includes a wide range of housing types and tenures, including facilities such as a primary school and a proper new village centre, we are planning to create an exemplar self-contained sustainable community, whilst addressing the need for good-quality housing and improving the transport connections to an important employment and community hub.”

Image courtesy of John Thompson & Partners