Coventry City Council, in their Core
Strategy Proposed Submission Document, are proposing
that planning permission be given for 3,750 new homes to be built
on greenbelt land between Keresley
Green, Holbrooks and Keresley Village (Core
Strategy Para. 5.12 ....allocations
to provide for a further 3 750 dwellings are proposed at an Eco-suburb
The area for development is shown on a map (
Map 1 Keresley Eco Suburb) prepared by the council. The
extract from the Coventry plan below shows the ten plots (marked
A to J) for the proposed Eco-Suburb, a total of 130Ha, earmarked
for this development.
Also shown is the greenbelt
land between Keresley Village and Ash Green, threatened with accomodating
an overspill of 3,500 houses as a part of an agreement between Coventry
City Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Council. (Core
Strategy Para. 5.13 .....it
will be necessary for Warwick District Council and Nuneaton and
Bedworth District Council to make provision on the boundaries of
Coventry in their respective Core Strategies to accommodate approximately
7 000 dwellings.). These to be built on the
Nuneaton side of the border between Nuneaton & Bedworth and
The RSS requires Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council, as part
of its' "Core Strategy - Issues & Options", to build
10,800 houses within the borough, making a total of 14,300.
However at a council meeting on 16th October the plan for Nuneaton
& Bedworth to build these houses was rejected.
Speaking to the Coventry Evening Telegraph Councilor Andrew Burtonshaw stated:
"We do not accept that taking housing
from Coventry will be a good thing for the residents of Nuneaton
& Bedworth. We were initially told it would be the last resort
if it wasn't possible to accommodate Coventry's housing requirements
within the Coventry boundary. But that has now changed. That number
of homes would destroy the character of Keresley as a village and
the green belt.
A similar threat exists at Kings Hill near Finham where the Core
Strategy of Warwick District Council shows a similar plan to build
3,500 new homes on behalf of Coventry City Council. Finham
Residents Association are fighting this plan.