13th Dec, 2017

SAVE OUR BEES: Rallying call issued following housing estate exhibition announcement

Shaun Reynolds 9th Oct, 2017 Updated: 10th Oct, 2017

A PUBLIC exhibition will outline a proposed housing estate at the historic Coventry Stadium – and a rallying call has been issued to Coventry Bees speedway fans.

Supporters of our Save Our Bees campaign are being urged to turn out in force, sporting Bees memorabilia outside Brandon Estates’ public exhibition on Thursday, October 19, at Brandon Hall Hotel.

The evening will outline Brandon Estates’ latest plan to develop 137 houses on the former international motor speedway site, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of speedway, stock car, and greyhound racing fans in its 90-year history.

Brandon Estates has not yet submitted a planning application to Rugby Borough Council, but it has submitted documents to vary the local plan.

Our Save Our Bees campaign – which calls on a long-term solution to secure Bees’ future – has already received the support of MPs, top international speedway riders, and senior members of British speedway.

The exhibition will take place from 3pm until 8pm.

It will give residents the opportunity to see proposals for a residential development on the historic Coventry Stadium site, former home of the world-famous Coventry Bees.

Brandon Estates’ latest planned development includes 137 houses, which will cover 40 per cent of the site.

Originally, Brandon Estates planned to build 250 homes on the site.

But following a Coventry Observer Save Our Bees campaign survey – which revealed 93 per cent of residents did not want housing built on the site – Brandon Estates has almost halved the number of homes in its planned proposal.

The proposed development will include a mix of dwelling sizes.

A spokesperson for Brandon Estates said: “The proposed development will bring many local benefits, including over 50 new affordable homes for local residents in housing need and significant formal open space to benefit both current and new residents.

“We have scaled back the size of the development to take into account local concerns and are looking forward to discussing the proposals at the public exhibition.”

Brandon Estates claim new housing would improve green infrastructure at the site and will make financial contributions to the Council through education, public transport, libraries, and leisure facilities.

But Brandon Estates’ latest statement was released just weeks after the offshore company was handed a formal notice by the council.

The notice ordered Brandon Estates to improve security measures at the site and clear the site of rubbish, following growing concerns raised by local residents.

Residents themselves took matters into their own hands by blocking the main entrance with a makeshift concrete barrier.

Since then, Brandon Estates has dumped tonnes of earth outside the stadium’s main entrance as a ‘security measure’.

 

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