Europa Way site could become housing estate

Two of Warwick’s oldest charities are prepared to release land they own for the development of 800 new homes.

The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust and the Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler, have joined with The Gardner Trust to form a consortium which is considering how, as landowners, they can respond to Warwick District Council’s Local Plan.

The council is in the process of identifying suitable land for at least 10,800 homes by 2029 to meet the demand for new housing and the consortium has agreed that the 95-acre site off Europa Way and opposite the Holiday Inn offers a logical location for development.

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John Edwards, chairman of the consortium and deputy chairman for the King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, said: “The land west of Europa Way is located outside the green belt and, as it is already connected to Warwick’s existing urban area, its development would enable it to support improvements to existing local, social and community infrastructure and to provide new infrastructure as necessary.

“There would also be a long-term financial benefit to Warwick as the monies accruing from the sale of the land would be used by the charities solely for the benefit of the town and its people, whereas alternative sites are owned either by developers or private landlords.

The proposed development would include a new primary school and nursery, a ‘neighbourhood centre’, formal and informal outdoor open spaces, recreation facilities and children’s play areas, space for a small-scale shop, a landscaped park alongside Myton Brook and new pedestrian and cycle paths.

Mr Edwards said: “This will be a community-focused, sustainable, residential-led development which would be fully integrated with Warwick.

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“It would deliver improvements to public transport in the area, create new jobs, social and recreational opportunities within a high quality environment to the benefit of both existing and future residents and provide a model for growth in the district.

“We want something that we could all be proud of, a lasting legacy.”

AMEC, the planning spelcialist which is representing the consortium, will be exhibiting the proposals at Myton School on Friday March 8 from 3.45pm to 8pm and Saturday March 9 from 10am to 4pm.

The content of the exhibition can be viewed and comments can be made on the website when it is launched after the event.

Feedback can be given up to Friday March 22.

As part of the emerging Local Plan, it is known that other sites in the area are being considered for development.

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