Is Kenilworth set for 1,070 new homes?


An extra 370 houses could be on the way to Kenilworth as new figures are expected to be revealed in the finalised Local Plan.

The town was earmarked to take around 700 houses on land at Thickthorn as Warwick District Council plans for almost 13,000 of new builds across the district.

But the KWN understands that Kenilworth’s quota will rise to around 1,070 when the final draft plan is released in April.

The plan, which sets out building and housing guidelines, will be agreed by the district council on April 23.

A final draft will be released to the public up to 10 days before this date when the new figures will be revealed.

The increase would take Kenilworth’s share of housing from six to nine percent, and may see the amount of allocated employment land grow.

And while it is not known where the extra 370 houses will be placed, it is expected that the 700 already planned will remain at Thickthorn.

Council leader, Andrew Mobbs (Con, Parkhill), was unable to confirm or deny the figure due to confidentiality issues, but confirmed that plans are “progressing well” and he is confident of success when the draft is submitted to the Government.

“The government has indicated that the direction we are following is correct and so we are confident that this plan will be acceptable,” he said.

“A huge 80 percent of our district lies within protected greenbelt and so we are limited to where we can set out new development.

“We are trying to do what is best for the district and working to secure a robust plan which will protect us from unwanted development.”

The new plans will also show the new preferred site for Kenilworth School and Sixth Form which is hoping to completely relocate by 2020.

The school would need up to 35 acres of land to merge both centres and accommodate over 2,100 pupils.

Shirley Whiting, chair of governors, said debate is ongoing for a preferred site to accommodate new numbers.

“We consider this could be beyond the facilities offered by our current split site and therefore these needs may best be met by the relocation of the school,” she said.

The Wardens Cricket Club will also reveal plans to move to Castle Farm which a spokesperson described as their “preferred option” in the plan.