The fate of controversial plans to
build 142 homes in a Warwickshire village will be decided by councillors tonight. The
scheme, for Ryton-on-Dunsmore involves building on a large patch of open land in the
village. But in return for losing the fields developers have pledged to plough cash into
the local community.
The project would see 142 homes, including two bedroomed terraces, three bedroomed
semi-detched and four bedroomed detached houses built on land off Leamington Road, Ryton
just a few miles outside Coventrys suburbs. When it was first announced the
scheme caused outrage among local people who feared their village, which has just one
small grocery store, would be inundated with people and cars they were ill equipped to
The parish council mounted a protest campaign but local borough councillor Eric Smith
said it soon became clear that the village would have to accept some form of development
on their doorsteps. He said:
The county council has earmarked our village for more homes and there is
very little we can do about it. It is such a shame that this develop looks likely to go
ahead because it will mean building on a wonderful open space the village has enjoyed for
He said the parish council had worked very hard to make sure that, if the scheme was
approved, Ryton got the best deal it could.
The developers Bellway Homes (Midlands) Ltd have spent more than a year putting
together the scheme which will include improving the dangerous junction between the A445
Leamington Road and the A45 which has been the scene of many accidents. They have also
pledged to protect a wood at the centre of the land for the local community.
At tonights planning meeting councillors are expected to approve the scheme. A
report which will go before them says that Bellway has pledged to pay to upgrade local
facilities, including a cash grant to the local primary and secondary schools. It has also
agreed to pay towards building and maintaining a childrens play area and contribute
towards the freehold of the village recreation ground.
The report before councillors says:
In addition to the realisation of a significant
number of homes and associated benefits to the local economy
the development will
also give rise to considerable financial contributions toward improved community
facilities, affordable housing, education and public transport provision in the