OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Bulldozers Banned From Green Belt Land
belt land in Coventry is largely to be protected in the new
Coventry Development Plan, but some areas have been released for
jobs and housing.
City Council had wanted greenfield sites to be made available for
sports facilities around the city, but the idea has been quashed.
Developers wanting land for housing have also had their pleas
government inspectors have backed around 90 per cent of the city
council’s proposals made at a public inquiry into the CDP
earlier this year.
CDP provides the framework around which decisions on planning
applications and major development are made.
are now looking at the areas where the inspector, David Baldock,
has made different suggestions to their own.
key area is land behind Walsgrave Hospital at Walsgrave Hill Farm,
which has been set aside for housing.
Mr Baldock has made it plain in his report that the land should
only be developed when there is no longer enough land left for a
five year housing supply. The council had wanted to use make the
land part of the green belt, but it was deemed unsuitable for
Baldock has agreed with the need for using greenfield land to
provide a site for high-quality jobs and supported this in the
north of the city, by incorporating nine hectares of green belt
land for the current Prologis Park development.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal) said:
are very pleased that the inspector has endorsed all of our
basic approach for the development and renewal of Coventry for
the next ten years.
sets the scene for all of the planning application decisions we
will make, from house extensions, to new business parks and
also provides clear support for the regeneration being promoted
in the city centre and in many other parts of Coventry.
are going through the weighty report with a fine toothcomb, and
in a few weeks time we will need to decide if we can accept the
remaining ten per cent of the report recommendations.
whatever we decide it is my hope that we see the CDP adopted and
in force before the end of next year."