'No support' for 400 homes plan in Weddington

Protesters against the homes in Weddington - Ted Cottrell Campaign group Sword fought plans for a previous development in Weddington

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The leader of Warwickshire County Council says there is "no support whatsoever" for further development in an area where 400 homes are proposed.

Hallam Land Management is to consult with residents over plans for new homes in Weddington.

County council leader Alan Farnell urged the area's planning authority, Nuneaton and Bedworth Council, to designate the land as green belt.

The borough council said it had not yet received a planning application.

"It is a pre-application consultation with the local community so we can't comment," a spokesman for the Labour-run borough council said.

He said the council "was aware" of the proposal for Lower Farm, off Weddington Road, but would make a decision if and when a planning application was received.

Hallam Land Management is also set to build about 320 homes on a separate site in Weddington.

Previous petition

Campaign group Sword said 4,000 people had signed a petition against the original plans. It then fought to stop the development by having the site declared a village green.

But this was turned down by the Conservative-run county council after being recommended for refusal following a public inquiry.

Mr Farnell said the borough council needed to "immediately adopt a Core Strategy to prevent any future opportunistic development" in the borough.

"Until the borough council has a plan in place, these opportunistic developers will be swirling all over the fields of Weddington looking to build houses on them," he said.

"We are desperate now to get a borough plan in place so the residents know exactly where they stand."

Hallam Land Management said the latest planning application was for up to 400 homes, including affordable homes, and a new primary school on land north of Weddington Road.

A spokesman said it would be the subject of a public consultation exhibition at Weddington Church Hall between 14:00 and 19:00 GMT on 19 March.

He said a planning application would be "submitted in due course" but would not comment further.

The borough council has yet to respond to Mr Farnell's comments.

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