Residents living near one of
the busiest roads in Coventry are trying to block the transformation
of the London Taxis International factory into a retail warehouse.
Campaigners living in Spon End
and Lower Coundon are urging planners to refuse permission to flatten
the factory and sell the land off Holyhead Road.
LTI wants to move to a bigger
site elsewhere in the city to allow growth. Part of their planned
redevelopment of the current factory involves the planned
building of a B&Q Warehouse.
This is the second attempt by
LTI to gain permission for the land to be switched to retail use.
Residents have already
successfully overturned a similar application made a year ago and they
have resurrected their campaign by submitting another formal objection
to Coventry City Council.
The Redbrick Residents Group
have also written to over 1,000 households surrounding the site to
explain why they are opposed to the plan.
A public meeting is to be held
tomorrow at the Doe Bank Building, Doe Bank Lane, Spon End. It is
being organised by the council’s planning department and starts at
Sharron Warner, chair of the
Redbrick Group, said there were a number of reasons why residents were
so opposed to the development.
“It will create even
greater congestion on an already overloaded
local road network. The Holyhead Road is already unable to
support the loading of traffic created by the existing Alvis Retail
Other reasons highlighted by
the group are:
will further undermine the Councils own retail policy and attempts
to regenerate the City Centre.
is contrary to Government policy on out of town retail development
and the City Council Unitary Development Plan.
will further undermine other local businesses in Spon End and
will reduce the earning capacity of the site. The area has lost
tens of thousands of jobs in the last two decades.
will promote shopping by car at a time when both central
government and the City Council are trying to reduce car use. This
will also disadvantage the considerable number of old and
disadvantaged people in the area, many of whom do not have access
to a car.
will cause serious inconvenience, noise, exhaust pollution and
road danger to local residents.
As well as writing directly to
1,000 homes in Spon End and Lower Coundon, Redbrick have also
contacted residents groups in Upper Coundon to warn them of the
London Taxis International
argue that the move is needed to allow the company to prosper.