Posted: 13.01.21 at 12:23 by David Lawrence - Local Democracy Reporter
Highways experts at Warwickshire County Council are to be asked to look again at the impact that a new housing development near Bedworth will have on the surrounding roads.
Members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s planning committee urged the rethink when considering plans for 204 homes on the former Hawkesbury Golf Course site at their meeting this week.
Worries over increased traffic and the fact that a number of the roads on the new estate were unadopted and did not have footpaths led to the item being deferred with the county’s highways department also being asked to study a traffic survey carried out by local residents as well as one submitted by applicants Terra Strategic.
Joanne Archer, from Warwickshire County Council’s highways team, told the meeting: “The delivery of these highway improvement schemes is going to be quite significant, it is going to take quite a lot of money to do it and it will take some time.
“So if this [application] is approved, there could be people occupying houses before the infrastructure is delivered. At this time we have no date of when that will be because we will be dependant on contributions from several planned sites to fund those works.”
Cllr Damon Brown (Con, Exhall) explained that the traffic problems were exacerbated by Hawkesbury Village having just two access points – a railway crossing and a humpback bridge over a canal.
He added: “If this gets the go ahead we are going to go ahead with a development that will increase the size of Hawkesbury by 50 per cent in terms of housing numbers with no realistic infrastructure improvements.”
Cllr Chris Watkins (Lab, Kingswood) added: “It’s a nice looking plan on paper and it seems to be set out well but when you start looking at the detail it gets a little bit frightening.
“There are nine areas on there that will never be adopted by Warwickshire County Council so I’m not surprised they are not obecting. There are a lot of public footpaths missing meaning you will be walking on a road that is unadopted.”
The committee heard that the residents’ traffic survey highlighted existing traffic problems. Cllr Ian Lloyd (Lab, Camp Hill) said: “I probably agree that the local survey done by local people who know the area is a more realistic survey of the area.
“We have been put in a real position here. I want to vote against it but I can’t because Warwickshire County Council are saying there is nothing wrong with the highway.”