A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop road construction that would ‘damage forever’ Kings Hill – amid plans for more than 2,500 homes.
A petition has been created against plans to build a roundabout in Green Lane which would connect the city and the proposed mass development just over the city border in Warwick district.
It has gained more than 220 signatures in just over 24 hours with residents slamming the plans on social media.
The major application lodged to Coventry City Council proposes two new junctions on land west of Green Lane.
The petition – started by prospective Tory councillor Mattie Heaven – states: “URGENT! STOP THE KINGS HILL ACCESS ROAD!
“Please sign this online petition urging Coventry Council to REJECT the planning application for a roundabout at GREEN LANE to provide site access to the proposed Kings Hill development.
“The local roads are not built to cope with the number of vehicles that would be required to clear the site and then build up to 2,000 houses.
“This is your chance to unite behind the residents’ strong opposition to this inappropriate, unwanted and feared proposal, before Kings Hill is damaged forever.”
The new roundabout junction would provide access to Saint Martins Road, Green Lane and Howes Lane – heading into Coventry.
It also includes a restricted access junction onto Green Lane just to the north of Finham Primary School.
An outline planning application to Warwick District Council also proposes up to 2,500 homes, a district centre, two new schools, more open spaces and new or upgraded roads.
The so-called Kings Hill Park masterplan includes the potential for an eventual 4,000 dwellings as allocated in the district council’s Local Plan for housing and development.
Residents have previously raised concerns about the loss of green space, and an added strain on services.
Planning consultants Savills, on behalf of several applicants, said in a planning statement: “The two highway access points have been designed in accordance with highways guidance and they will ensure that the wider Kings Hill Park development is easily accessible by high quality public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.
“In summary, we consider that this application is policy compliant and it will ensure that the development of the Kings Hill Park scheme is deliverable.
“The Kings Hill Park site will bring significant benefits that we consider are sufficient to outweigh any potential harm that may arise from the two proposed access points.
“The benefits include meeting local housing needs, contributing towards the supply of social and community infrastructure, enhancing landscape fabric and biodiversity, and increasing pedestrian access and permeability across the application site.”