Fight these proposals tooth and nail
It is unrealistic to have to have another 10,800 homes in the Warwick District Council area which is already heavily populated. At an occupancy rate of 2.4 people per household which seems to be about the current norm that equates to another 26,000 people. Kenilworth’s population is 23,000 so can we absorb in the area more than the equivalent of another Kenilworth? I think not.
It is difficult to see why such huge numbers are necessary when just down the road seven miles away there is an enormous city, ie Coventry, where there are lots of affordable homes. It shows a total lack of joined up thinking.
The effect on Kenilworth and particularly eastern Kenilworth will be devastating. Seven hundred and seventy homes is a massive number of new homes, bigger than the Knights Meadow Estate which is relatively recent. Over another 1,000 cars all trying to use the roads in the morning will create terrible congestion.
At present Kenilworth has a leafy, spacious, semi-rural feel but all that will be lost with the proposed over-development and together with the other proposed developments in Warwick and Leamington the area will become like a giant conurbation. Why does Michael Coker think there must be development in the town for it to remain viable? What will become unviable?
There will also be a knock-on effect with farming land being replaced by sports facilities for Kenilworth Rugby Club and Kenilworth Wardens which will lose its rural feel and affect those who walk in the countryside. Where will these go?
The proposed site for all the development along the A46 is currently, as far as I am aware, green belt. So far the green belt has protected us but this raid on green belt land will alter the character of the area for the worse for ever. The green belt should be preserved for posterity so future generations enjoy a decent environment. The site by the A46 is in any case a stupid place to build houses because the noise and pollution from the road which now occurs 24 hours a day will make living there unpleasant.
There is undoubtedly a demand for housing fuelled by Labour’s mass immigration policy, but Kenilworth should fight the current proposals tooth and nail. - Richard Munday, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth.
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