Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has resolved to grant Outline Planning Permission to strategic land specialist Terra for the second phase of a £115m ‘canal village’ in Hawkesbury, Warwickshire.
The 39-acre (15.85Ha) phase-two development will include 176 homes, landscaped Public Open Space and park provision, a new bridge over the Coventry Canal connecting Bedworth with Coventry, additional cycle and pedestrian routes, and extensive infrastructure works.
The wider site encompasses a total of 72-acres (29.1Ha).
Solihull-based Terra purchased the land unconditionally and secured its allocation for 380 residential units, infrastructure, and community facilities in the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan, which was adopted in 2019.
Detailed Planning Approval for the first phase was granted in 2021, and construction work is underway by Terra’s sister company, Living Space, and Vistry Group, which are delivering the first 204 dwellings.
The initial tranche of community facilities are nearing completion, including a circa 2,000 sq. ft community building with a dedicated car park, allotments, orchard, Public Open Space and a children’s play area.
James O’Shea, managing director of Terra, said: “Having purchased this 72-acre site unconditionally and then secured the allocation for residential development in Nuneaton and Bedworth’s Borough Plan, we are very pleased to receive a resolution to grant Outline Planning consent for the second phase.
“This ‘canal village’ is creating a vibrant new community, which is only a five-mile canalside walk or cycle ride into Coventry city centre.
“The scheme will have a transformative effect on the local area and provide significant community benefits, as well as a total of 380 quality new homes for north Warwickshire.”
The 153 open-market properties and 51 affordable homes in the first phase will consist of one-bedroom maisonettes, two-bedroom apartments and bungalows, and two-, three-, and four-bedroom family houses.
The site is traversed by three public footpaths, which provide links with Hawkesbury Village to the south; Bayton Road Industrial Estate and Bedworth town centre to the west; and along Coventry Canal and beyond to Coventry Way to the north and south.
The development will retain these footpaths, with new links to be created north-south and east-west through the centre of the site.
The masterplan for the whole 72-acres has been carried out by Hampshire-based Thrive Architects.
Terra currently controls 21 sites, with around 830 acres of residential land capable of delivering 4,300 new homes.
Main image: Hawkesbury Canal Village development plans for 2022
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