Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has met with officials from Warwick District Council to discuss their plans to build 4000 houses on Kings Hill. The land is partly owned by Coventry City Council but the vast majority is owned by private land owners.
Speaking after the meeting Jim Cunningham said,
“It was a useful meeting and I’m grateful to Warwick District Council officers for agreeing to it. My view has always been clear, I’m opposed to building on the land at Kings Hill because I’ve yet to see a clear, coherent and practical plan that delivers the required infrastructure needed to support thousands of new homes.
My concerns on the infrastructure needed grows when you take into account the new High Speed Rail 2 line that is less than 1 mile from the planned new homes. The disruption caused by HS2 and any Kings Hill development will have a hugely negative impact on local residents. It also remains to be seen what impact the Governments recent announcement about reducing train services and closing small train stations will have in relation to this particular development but it is clear that the plans will have an impact on local investment, the wider local economy and jobs.”
At the meeting with Warwick District Council, Mr. Cunningham received assurances that Wainbody Wood would remain protected if development goes ahead, that some basic proposals for a new road from the A46 Stoneleigh junction to Warwick University remain and that a new school and shopping area would also form part of the development proposal.
Mr. Cunningham continued,
“Although some infrastructure proposals have been roughly identified, there just isn’t enough detail to show the impact on the local area and on local people will be minimal. In fact, my view remains that this proposal will have a hugely detrimental impact on local people.”