Big vehicles accessing 63-home development site in Barford breaking rules, residents claim

Large construction vehicles squeezing down a narrow road to build 63 houses in Barford have angered nearby residents, who claim they break rules.

Friday, 10th November 2017, 12:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 8:28 am
A construction vehicle mounting the pavement on Bremridge Close

Warwick District Council granted permission for the homes to be built by developers Taylor Wimpey on land between the A429 and Wellesbourne Road, and off Bremridge Close, as part of its Local Plan.

But the plans faced heavy opposition from several residents. Many were worried about the narrow access for vehicles getting into the site.

When the plans were granted, there were conditions making sure vehicles with only four axles and a maximum length of 12 metres were allowed to use Bremridge Close to access the site. But residents claim these conditions have been broken.

Local resident Richard Heath said: “We have stated from the outset that access to the site for construction, future residents and emergency services is entirely inadequate.

“The restrictions subsequently placed on the type of construction traffic accessing the site have already been breached on multiple occasions.

“The developers clearly think they can ignore the rules and do what they like. Warwick District Council may be prepared to let that happen, but we are not.”

And Cllr Simon Morgan, a resident of Bremridge Close and member of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton Parish Council, said: “On grounds of access, ecology, safety and local infrastructure capacity, this project should never have been approved.

“It gives me no satisfaction to point out that all the objections we raised to the planning committee regarding the site’s unsuitability are being proved correct.

“Warwick District Council has some very serious questions to answer.”

A spokesman for Warwick District Council said: “The development of the site has not yet started, as a series of archaeological investigations are currently being undertaken.

“The district council’s enforcement team are aware of the reported difficulties experienced in vehicles accessing the site and are in close contact with the developer of the site to ensure that any such concerns are fully addressed.”

Taylor Wimpey has been contacted for comment.