£38m school and hundreds of homes set for approval

Retail development site  EMN-150113-140536001
Retail development site EMN-150113-140536001

Kenilworth’s future is about to be set as councillors get ready to agree hundreds of homes, a £38million school move and new sports centre in the 
Revised Local Plan.

The long-awaited and contentious draft plan is due to be approved by Warwick District Council on Wednesday.

The plan, which sets out development and housing across the district over the next decade, includes 760 new homes at Thickthorn.

A new primary school is proposed either alongside these houses, or as part of a new £38million project to merge Kenilworth School and Sixth Form at a new site off Glasshouse Lane.

There are a further 93 houses approved for Crackley Triangle with proposals for 250 homes to be built in Leyes Lane and 130 in Rouncil Lane once the new school is built.

Councillors are proposing spending over £1.5million on a new neighbourhood police office and community centre at Thickthorn - as well as road improvements on the roundabout to allow access.

Just over £5million has been earmarked for the long-awaited Public Service Centre which is set to go alongside Jubilee House and provide a front of house for council and police services and community theatre.

The proposals also set out a £2.8million country park at Crackley as part of mitigation work for HS2 and “expanded medical facilities” are expected to bring more GPs to cater for the population growth.

Plans are outlined for improved leisure facilities including a gym and swimming pool, and improved cycle links will be confirmed as part of the package.

Speaking about the plans, Cllr Andrew Mobbs, Kenilworth councillor and leader of the district council, said there is “a lot to be considered” at Wednesday’s meeting.

“The Local Plan is a framework for securing future prosperity of the district,” he said.

“If the plan is adopted, it sets out the spatial vision for how our towns, villages and countryside will develop and change over the next 15 years.

“The target date, if all goes well, would be late summer this year.”

The report is expected to be approved by councillors, and if so, an inspector will look into all of the proposals later this year.

Members of the public will be invited to listen over a three-week period where evidence will be taken before the plan is passed or rejected and sent back for improvements.

The council will meet on January 28 at Leamington Town Hall from 6pm.