Final decision looms on huge housing development near Cov …

A decision on controversial plans for hundreds of homes near a Coventry[1] beauty spot is back on the agenda this week. A scheme for 345 homes at Browns Lane, near Coundon[2] Wedge, is expected to get the go-ahead when it goes before councillors this week.

A decision was expected to be made on August 31 but a city council planning meeting was postponed[3]. However, it is back on the agenda when the committee is set to meet this Thursday (Sept 14) at 2pm.

The huge scheme includes plans for 345 dwellings, providing homes for around 800 people[4]. There would also be a care home on land at Browns Lane.

The plans are recommended for approval but have met with strong objections from the public[6], with a petition signed by more than 600 people warning of ‘devastating consequences’ for the area. Concerns were raised relating to traffic and pollution, pressure on local services and loss of green spaces.

A redesign of the original plans added in buffer spaces and play areas as well as reducing the number of homes from 350 to 345. A report set to go before councillors states that: “It is not considered that there are any adverse impacts of granting planning permission that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the development.”

It recommends that the committee grant outline planning permission[7], with reserved matters, including details of the appearance and layout of the homes and development, to be discussed at a later date. It also recommends that development begin within three years of outline permission being granted or within two years of the final approval of reserved matters.

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