Investment will not be forgotten in town plan

New schools, roads, jobs and health care will all cater for thousands of new Kenilworth families under the Local Plan.

Council planners have assured residents that work is being done to manage the impact of the high numbers ready to flock into Kenilworth.

Dave Barber from Warwick District Council planning department said that although details have not yet been finalised, there are plans in place to cater for families alongside the extensive new builds.

Speaking to the community forum on Monday, he said: “Alongside planning policies we are looking at issues including how we promote the town centre and ensure it contributes to add to and support employment,” he said.

He also assured that health care is not being overlooked and that thanks to ongoing work with medical groups 14 new ‘consultation rooms’ are already on the cards.

“How they are provided - be it in a whole new GP’s practice at Thickthorn or the town centre, or extensions to the existing surgeries, we just do not know at this stage,” he said.

“Decisions are ongoing and it is very much an evolving plan. It is an important thing that we need to address.”

“We are also working with Warwickshire County Council to reduce impact on traffic with roads and access which is another important factor.

“Thickthorn Island needs to be looked at and we need to be thinking about a road that runs through the housing to take the pressure off Birches Lane.

“We also need to be investing in public transport.”

Proposals are for 750 houses at Thickthorn as well as eight acres of employment land, around 80 houses at Crackley Triangle and a new site for Kenilworth School and Sixth Form.

Cllr John Cooke, new town mayor who chaired the meeting, said that the plan is still in “very, very early stages” of consultation and that now is the time to address fine details.

The consultation ends on June 27 and all are invited to have a say on planning policy issues until this date.