Leamington Neighbourhood Plan

ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

The FINAL version of the Royal Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan is now published and will be an important consideration, with immediate effect, in planning and development applications.  In planning jargon, this Plan is now a material consideration so carries weight.

The complete version is here and the area to which it applies here

This is the version that the town will vote on, in the coming referendum.  The date of this will be set by WDC after the present pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

We should all support the Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum to give the Town Council power to manage the development of the town.

Thank you to the Town Council and the large number of volunteers who have done so much to produce this Plan.

Leamington Neighbourhood Plan

ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

The FINAL version of the Royal Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan is now published and will be an important consideration, with immediate effect, in planning and development applications.  In planning jargon, the Plan is now a material consideration so carries weight.

The complete version is here and the area to which it applies here

This is the version that the town will vote on, in the coming referendum.  The date for this will be set by WDC when the present pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

We should all support the Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum to give the Town Council power to manage the development of the town.

Thank you to the Town Council and the large number of volunteers who have done so much to produce this Plan.

£1.8 million funding by C&W LEP

A grant of £1.8 million from the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) will enable transformation of the forecourt of Leamington Station railway station, prioritising greener travel, linking bus, taxi, cycle and rail.

This funding, bringing long-term benefits, is driven by the international bowls competitions being held at Victoria Park as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.  It is estimated these will bring £26 million to local businesses.

WDC, working with the Town Council, BID Leamington and the Chambers of Trade, a total of £3.6 million in all will be available to address the town’s transport problems of chronic air pollution and road congestion.

For more on this see WDC Press Release

Newbold Comyn Draft Masterplan

The Leamington Society has responded to the Masterplan consultation by WDC on Newbold Comyn.  In summary the Society:

  • welcomes the new Nature Reserve area but felt the cycle track within it would be intrusive
  • believes the provision for cycling is excessive; cycling should be restricted to the north edge of the site
  • recognises the importance of physical fitness with a variety of facilities suitable for all ages
  • believe there is little future for golf on Newbold Comyn but there might be value in a pitch and putt facility
  • recognises the value of an artificial turf football pitch
  • is concerned about possible vandalism to new structures and nature hubs
  • questions the thinking on access to the site and provision of additional car spaces, and deplores any apparent mention of improved public transport or a cycle park

The Masterplan is a pre-Covid document; a post-Covid version is needed

To read the society response in full go to Leamington Society response

You are encouraged to respond to the consultation by June 30 (revised date).

Warwickshire County Council approve funding for K2L Cycleway

WCC unanimously approved funding of £4.75 million for a dedicated cycle path from Kenilworth to Leamington in December.

The 5 km (3 mile) route will start at the bridleway from Glasshouse Lane in Kenilworth on the B4115 and A452, ending close to the north end of Northumberland Road in Leamington, including a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Avon at Chesford.  There will be Toucan crossings for pedestrians.

This will ensure a high quality, continuous cycle track to overcome the main barrier to cycling – the danger posed by motor vehicles.  The current lack of safe cycling provision, high traffic volume (30,000 vehicles a day), narrow roads, large roundabouts on the A452 are all hostile to cycling.

It is hoped that the route will eventually link to others, like to the University of Warwick.

The proposal for its construction was made several decades ago, supported by Cycleways and the Green Party among others.  Warwick District Council, both Town Councils, and the University are strongly supportive.

Replacing vehicles by cycles will bring health benefits for the cyclists, reduce vehicles and pollution on the roads and reduce car-parking requirements.  Wins all round.  “An idea whose time has finally come” said one Councillor.

Barbara Lynn