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Lex
28-04-2014, 09:24 PM
After much talk & back-and-forthing, the Gaydon / Lighthorne Heath development has been chosen as the biggest single project in the district.

http://www.leamingtonobserver.co.uk/2014/04/28/news-Gaydon-Lighthorne-Heath-recommended-as-new-town-by-SDC--105069.html

http://www.stratford-herald.com/24880-breaking-news-sdc-cabinet-recommends-glh-as-site-for-new-town.html

rebbonk
28-04-2014, 09:48 PM
Interesting with JLR as neighbours. As I recall, JLR ( or their predecessor) was hauled before the council for not declaring their long range intentions with the site. Unless I worked for JLR, i think I might think twice before buying there.

Lex
13-05-2014, 11:43 AM
The development's gone through the 1st hoop - onwards to Westminster!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-27385474

Lex
11-06-2014, 08:06 AM
Someone's actually using a brownfield site for development!!!
http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/local-news/200-new-homes-for-derelict-site-in-south-warwickshire-village-1-6096162

rebbonk
11-06-2014, 08:54 AM
That (at least on the surface) is good news.

Much of the brownfield land around Coventry is contaminated and clean-up costs are quite high, that's why it is often unattractive to developers.

However, (and if you buy brownfield it is worth bearing in mind,) should contamination come to light at a later date, the land owner (you!) will likely be liable for the clean-up costs. Many estates that were put up on former tips etc. are a ticking timebomb as the containers that held unpleasant chemicals start to decay and allow their deadly content to seep out and pollute watercourses etc.

Lex
24-02-2015, 05:27 PM
This was a hugely unpopular plan, even by Stratford standards - Rowley Fields is a very popular green space on the edge of town. Thank God the development's been called off: http://www.stratford-herald.com/33419-breaking-news-trust-scraps-rowley-fields-sell-off.html

Lex
06-03-2015, 07:07 PM
Orbit Housing Association are taking over a key sight in Stratford; for Stratford, the accommodation will be cheap, but that doesn't mean it'll be affordable (unless you don't have enough self respect to try and make something of your life): http://www.stratford-herald.com/33879-developers-abandon-cattle-market-site.html

rebbonk
06-03-2015, 09:15 PM
Not a big fan of Orbit. It's a shame that Redrow have pulled out.

Lex
26-03-2015, 06:05 PM
More houses for the area; the roads are going to get pretty busy up Long Marston way: http://www.stratford-herald.com/34733-hundreds-more-homes-get-the-go-ahead.html

rebbonk
26-03-2015, 06:30 PM
If we implemented proper boarder controls we wouldn't need all of these houses.

Though, there is another reason.... The whole economy is based on housing. If housebuilding halts, so does the economy. - It's a flawed system based on fractional reserve banking, and before much longer it will come crashing down. God help us when it does.

Lex
25-04-2015, 07:42 AM
Another delay to the Core Strategy; unbelievable!
http://www.stratford-herald.com/35796-exclusive-core-strategy-delayed-for-another-whole-year.html

rebbonk
25-04-2015, 01:25 PM
Beyond incompetence isn't? Of course, there might well be a deliberate underhanded tactic going on here.

Lex
10-07-2015, 08:23 PM
The housing 'requirement' for the district is going up to nearly 14,500. Gaydon and Long Marston account for 6,500; where are the other 8,000 going to be built?
http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/at-least-3000-more-homes-needed-says-council-report-in-response-to-inspectors-core-strategy-findings-6952/

rebbonk
10-07-2015, 08:32 PM
...where are the other 8,000 going to be built?

We have exactly the same problem, but I think we both know the answer; they'll build on green belt and pack small houses in as densely as they can get away with.

Sadly, nobody has the gonads to grasp the nettle and speak of the root cause of all these 'required' houses. We are a very small island and we are full!

Lex
17-09-2015, 08:35 PM
It looks like the field behind Anne Hathaway's will be sold off to make way for a road. It'll get traffic out of the town centre for a while, until that fills up too: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/d-day-looms-over-plans-10076440

Lex
30-09-2015, 08:18 PM
Looks like Nuneaton & Bedworth Council has meerly building more houses for ~coventry: http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/Borough-says-Cov-overspill-plea/story-27899023-detail/story.html

rebbonk
30-09-2015, 08:50 PM
Frankly, I don't blame them.

Coventry Council has agreed to take in plenty of waifs and strays that it has no need to. Let Coventry sort out what it has committed to. Being totally fair, Central government has given Coventry plenty by way of Grants for this.

If Lucas can't sort out the sh*t she's created, tough!

Lex
05-10-2015, 08:38 AM
Well, the vote's gone through: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-34437976

rebbonk
05-10-2015, 08:56 AM
Sad, but are we really that surprised?

Lex
05-10-2015, 09:07 AM
Not really, although, hopefully, it'll get some of the traffic out of the town centre.

Lex
05-10-2015, 07:42 PM
N&B Council's decision has caused a bit of the proverbial to his the fan: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/80000-new-homes-plan-coventry-10182691

rebbonk
05-10-2015, 08:00 PM
I like the way Harvey is talking about consultation with the people. I hope the irony isn't lost on Lucas!

Lex
16-10-2015, 09:08 PM
More homes for Tiddington have beenv oted through. Frankly, I don't buy the traffic argument; traffic only ever builds up (slightly) on Main Street occasionally as people don't realise that 2 cars can still pass each other past the parked vehicles outside the Spar shop: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/campaigners-lose-fight-to-stop-developers-building-on-tiddington-fields-9022/

Lex
18-10-2015, 10:13 AM
Great; it looks like Stratford district is going to be lumbered with another 2,000 houses: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/2000-coventry-homes-set-for-stratford-district-9032/

rebbonk
18-10-2015, 12:51 PM
The elephant in the room here is immigration. We're bursting at the seams; we can't cope with what we have, yet the idiots we elect refuse to do anything about it.

Lex
04-11-2015, 05:50 PM
Warwickshire might as well join the West Midlands Combined Authority; the county's becoming a suburb of Coventry http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/7-000-houses-from-coventry-set-to-be-built-outside-kenilworth-1-7039556

Lex
04-11-2015, 05:58 PM
I've merged all the housing development threads, so the subject can be discussed in one place. :D

rebbonk
04-11-2015, 07:49 PM
Warwickshire might as well join the West Midlands Combined Authority; the county's becoming a suburb of Coventry http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/7-000-houses-from-coventry-set-to-be-built-outside-kenilworth-1-7039556

Isn't that nice! I hope you love the over-spill that our imbecilic council agreed to take on. I hope that you make Coventry Council pay properly!

Lex
04-11-2015, 08:10 PM
Haha! It's great that our greenbelt's being used for such a brilliantly thought out scheme; of course we won't ask for payment - it's our honour!

Lex
17-11-2015, 07:48 PM
In a way, it's good that the 100-home development has been turned down, but the 30 home development will basically be an estate of hugely expensive homes, at that'll be the only way the builders will make their money: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/plans-for-30-homes-in-tiddington-set-to-be-given-green-light-9636/

Lex
25-11-2015, 07:08 PM
If approved, this and future development will put the kibosh on the Bulldog Bash, Global Gathering and the regular drag racing events at Long Marston airfield: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/400-homes-long-marston-airfield-recommended-approval/

rebbonk
25-11-2015, 08:15 PM
Do they still race at Long Marston? I used to race there in the 70s.

Is the air 'museum' still there? The aircraft were in a pretty poor state when I last looked.

Lex
26-11-2015, 08:04 PM
Yes, drag racing still happens there. I don't know if the museum's still there - it's not well advertised if it is!! (There's an aircraft museum at Wellesbourne airfield which is open most Sundays; I've never been, but there's loads of interesting aircraft there, plus you can look around/in the Vulcan occasionally)

rebbonk
26-11-2015, 08:22 PM
plus you can look around/in the Vulcan occasionally)

I spent my early working life on them, I can usually tell the guides more than they can tell me.

I went round the Wellesbourne museum a few years back. There were some interesting artifacts there, but the guide spoiled things by his lack of knowledge.

Lex
26-11-2015, 08:40 PM
Plans for the redevelopment of the old Maison bar have been made public. Frankly, it is the UGLIEST building I have ever seen. Unfortunately, the Stratford Herald hasn't published the picture on their website, but if you can get a copy of this week's paper you'll see what I mean (think upturned bolt/impressionist dog turd).

http://www.stratford-herald.com/44817-supermarket-plans-for-former-stratford-nightclub.html

cathidaw
30-11-2015, 01:12 PM
That (at least on the surface) is good news.

Much of the brownfield land around Coventry is contaminated and clean-up costs are quite high, that's why it is often unattractive to developers.

However, (and if you buy brownfield it is worth bearing in mind,) should contamination come to light at a later date, the land owner (you!) will likely be liable for the clean-up costs. Many estates that were put up on former tips etc. are a ticking timebomb as the containers that held unpleasant chemicals start to decay and allow their deadly content to seep out and pollute watercourses etc.

It can ,in some instances depending upon the history of a brownfield site, cost twice or three times the cost of developing a greenfield site.

Lex
30-11-2015, 06:57 PM
More houses for Nuneaton: http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/Huge-housing-plan-revealed/story-28254856-detail/story.html

rebbonk
30-11-2015, 08:17 PM
Objections have been raised, largely due to traffic congestion. I wonder if the planning will take this into consideration?

I recently objected to a development of 7 'flats' because of traffic issues. My complaint was upheld and the development cut back to 4 'flats'. I hope the locals have a similar success.

Lex
01-12-2015, 04:35 PM
Hopefully, any comments will be listened to, but all our local councils have been told to build x,000 more houses.

Lex
01-12-2015, 04:44 PM
On the other hand, this might actually be turned down: http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/highway-authority-objects-to-building-900-homes-on-ashlawn-road-in-rugby-1-7094646

rebbonk
01-12-2015, 08:52 PM
900 homes is one Hell of a lot!

Lex
02-12-2015, 08:18 PM
From how I've read the report, it's not the amount of housing but the extra traffic...

rebbonk
02-12-2015, 08:30 PM
900 homes will create a lot of traffic.

We've just had a new estate put up by us. It isn't yet complete (or remotely properly occupied) but the extra traffic is already noticeable.

Many homes these days have both husband and wife working and two cars! Cars take up space on the road!

Lex
21-12-2015, 08:38 AM
First Time I've heard of Chris Saint's 'Local Choice' initiative: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/not-enough-done-help-stratfordians-get-property-ladder/

rebbonk
21-12-2015, 10:13 AM
It's the same in many areas Lex.

I think we need to look after locals and provide them with affordable housing. Sadly, too many worship the little God of money, and we all suffer for it.

Lex
31-12-2015, 03:46 PM
Another planning application tied up going through hoops: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/decision-building-800-homes-keresley-10670476

rebbonk
31-12-2015, 08:38 PM
I know that area quite well. My bet is that the secretary of state will approve it. Green belts were there for a purpose, but it seems that economics is running wild. It will all come crashing down (again) and those at the bottom will get badly burned (again!).

Lex
01-01-2016, 08:16 AM
In understand the need for development, but at the end of the day, the green belt is there for a reason.

rebbonk
01-01-2016, 08:55 AM
Perhaps if we didn't import all the world's waifs and strays we might not need as many homes? Sadly though, that is only part of the problem. The UK economy revolves around house building and the debt created by mortgages. It's a bubble economy that will burst spectacularly at some stage. What we saw in 2008 was only a glimpse of what's to come.

Lex
01-01-2016, 11:52 AM
Yes, the PM seems to have forgotten all about 'rebalancing the economy' since the election.

Lex
11-01-2016, 04:54 PM
Good to see apprentices being taken on: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/apprentices-help-to-build-new-homes-in-kineton-1-7135870

rebbonk
11-01-2016, 09:31 PM
As long as they're trained properly and not used as cheap labour to boost profits!

Lex
12-01-2016, 05:08 PM
I've seen that happen before.

Lex
12-01-2016, 05:58 PM
I'm in 2 minds about this. Stratford will finally be rid of the constant aircraft annoying everyone in the area, but they'll be replaced by cars clogging up roads not designed to take that much traffic.

http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/fight-continues-save-wellesbourne-airfield/

Lex
13-01-2016, 08:34 PM
If you can't stop development, at least you can try and manage it: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/residents-loxley-urged-say-future-development/

rebbonk
13-01-2016, 08:55 PM
Will they listen? Somehow I doubt it. The plan is already passed and awaiting a rubber stamp. - Like so many things when we're invited to participate in 'consultations'. - Nothing more than a PR exercise.

Lex
18-01-2016, 06:34 PM
More housing for Warwick: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/asps-and-gallows-hill-appeals-upheld-1-7166262

rebbonk
18-01-2016, 09:44 PM
Local objections over-ruled by the secretary of state!

Lex
19-01-2016, 06:22 PM
I'm surprised by the decision - that's the rural side of town, but maybe there's no room left along the Stratford Road where most of the development has been going on.

Lex
20-01-2016, 06:54 PM
Coventry is planning to become a 'Top 10 City': http://www.coventry.gov.uk/news/article/1545/local_plan_for_a_top_ten_city

rebbonk
20-01-2016, 08:11 PM
If a'holes could fly, the council house would be an airport!

Lex
24-01-2016, 08:24 AM
More housing for Warwick: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/asps-and-gallows-hill-appeals-upheld-1-7166262

This one couls trundle on for a while: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/warwick-council-plots-appeal-over-10770616

Lex
18-02-2016, 08:58 PM
More and more housing for Warwick District!

http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/warwick-district-local-plan-sites-for-thousands-of-extra-houses-identified-as-council-leader-makes-appeal-for-support-1-7220217

rebbonk
18-02-2016, 09:01 PM
Again, if we didn't import the world's detritus we wouldn't need extra housing! We can't cope with what we have, so importing more is sheer stupidity.

Lex
17-03-2016, 07:47 PM
A small victory against development: http://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/stratford-district-council-wins-appeal-decision-refuse-100-homes-tiddington/

Lex
17-03-2016, 08:04 PM
Ye gods; someone's actually building on a brownfield site! And what's more, a big chunk of the development will be affordable: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/new-housing-development-will-be-built-on-leamington-canal-side-by-2018-1-7281920

Lex
04-04-2016, 06:31 PM
More housing for Rugby: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/hundreds-new-homes-built-rugby-11134445

rebbonk
04-04-2016, 08:44 PM
It's alright building these houses, but can the local infrastructure cope?

Lex
05-04-2016, 08:54 PM
They'll worry about that when they realise they realise they can't get to council meetings any more.

Lex
15-04-2016, 12:31 PM
Good to see brownfield sites being used for housing. I'm not sure about the reduction in parking for the station, though, as we're all meant to be using more public transport - although that could be their plan.

http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/travis-perkins-site-set-for-leamington-station-parking-1-7330803

rebbonk
15-04-2016, 04:08 PM
I just love this expression...

75 per cent of which will be affordable

Shizara
27-04-2016, 12:56 PM
118 flats and 94 houses.. Public parking reduced to 100 spaces... How will that work?

rebbonk
27-04-2016, 04:43 PM
It won't Shizara. All new builds ought have at least one parking space allocated to them.

I see there's discussions abounding about making it illegal to park on pavements. That'll be interesting!

Lex
11-05-2016, 08:22 PM
Nuneaton just can't seem to get rid of them: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/i-cant-believe-away-damage-11311528

I'm not surprised the police aren't giving any support; I reported an incident at Stratford station recently, and the 3 'plastic police' on the front desk very obviously couldn't be bothered.

Lex
26-05-2016, 08:16 PM
The development at Gaydon gets the go ahead: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-36379664

rebbonk
26-05-2016, 09:13 PM
That is absolutely shocking. No public transport out that direction, I can only wonder on the local congestion.

Lex
30-05-2016, 09:08 AM
Yes, that seems to be one of the big concerns the locals have. No doubt the local MP (Nadhim Zahawi?) will hold a summit in the run up to the next General Election to 'address' the issue.

Lex
16-06-2016, 08:14 PM
Proposed changed to a planned development in Nuneaton: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/more-changes-proposed-new-nuneaton-11471240

I suspect profit's more of a concern than planning regulations.

Lex
23-06-2016, 07:24 PM
Kenilworth's just becoming a student-filled suburb of Coventry: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/10million-redevelopment-planned-kenilworth-shopping-11507942

rebbonk
24-06-2016, 08:39 AM
Coventry centre has largely been turned over to students. A strategy I find to be very short sighted.

Lex
27-06-2016, 06:23 PM
Yes, student populations do tend to be very transient.

Lex
21-07-2016, 08:43 PM
17,000 homes on the way for Warwick & Leamington: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/local-news/major-17-000-homes-plan-for-warwick-district-is-back-on-track-1-7488164

rebbonk
22-07-2016, 07:39 AM
That is an awful lot of housing.

When you see figures like that I really can't help thinking; do we, as a country, know what we're doing? We can't go on building at this rate!

Lex
22-07-2016, 09:14 PM
What I've wondered for a long time is: where are all the people who need all this housing currently living?

Lex
11-08-2016, 05:42 PM
More housing for Warwick: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/asps-and-gallows-hill-appeals-upheld-1-7166262

At least the development will get a bit of infrastructure (ie a school): http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/local-news/new-school-to-complete-expansion-at-warwick-gates-1-7522138

Lex
15-08-2016, 07:24 PM
Hmm, not 100% sure about this proposal, but could just about work in Stratford: http://www.stratford-herald.com/57056-new-plan-for-former-nightclub-site-revealed.html

Lex
19-08-2016, 07:39 PM
1,500 homes in the offing for the Rugby area: http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/fight-against-1-500-homes-plan-near-rugby-1-7535377

Lex
13-09-2016, 04:23 PM
These have potential to be great flats, but I wouldn't want to live in Stratford town centre: http://www.stratford-herald.com/58523-apartments-plan-moves-step-closer.html

Lex
11-10-2016, 06:00 PM
Laura Steele certainly puts her money where her mouth is: http://www.stratford-herald.com/59872-breaking-news-campaigner-takes-election-battle.html

Lex
20-10-2016, 08:52 PM
Hmm, not 100% sure about this proposal, but could just about work in Stratford: http://www.stratford-herald.com/57056-new-plan-for-former-nightclub-site-revealed.html

The development's not proving to be popular: http://www.stratford-herald.com/60357-revised-plan-apartment-building-still-unpopular.html

rebbonk
21-10-2016, 08:05 AM
Looks totally out of place to me. It just doesn't fit. - That said, Coventry is now full of mismatched and ill thought through schemes. No need for Stratford to follow suit though.

Lex
21-10-2016, 06:05 PM
I was wavering slightly, at this proposal is better than the last one. The more I look at this plan, the less I like it.

Lex
14-11-2016, 07:11 PM
Stratford Town Trust seem to be making a right dogs dinner of things recently: http://www.stratford-herald.com/61459-time-vote-future-controversial-property-site.html

Lex
14-11-2016, 07:27 PM
Another example of government incompetence; no doubt the site IS in the pipeline for development: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/private-emails-reveal-woodlands-academy-12175765

rebbonk
14-11-2016, 07:57 PM
I trust Maton about as far as I could throw him!

Lex
15-11-2016, 06:01 PM
Good to see brownfield sites being used for housing. I'm not sure about the reduction in parking for the station, though, as we're all meant to be using more public transport - although that could be their plan.

http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/travis-perkins-site-set-for-leamington-station-parking-1-7330803

The work here is under starter's orders: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/hundreds-of-houses-set-to-be-built-near-leamington-station-1-7678655

Lex
18-11-2016, 04:55 PM
This area is in the no-mans land between Leamington & Kenilworth, and has absolutely nothing for students: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/plans-for-100-bedroom-student-accomodation-on-land-between-leamington-and-kenilworth-1-7686351

rebbonk
18-11-2016, 05:48 PM
I'm not against students by any means, but I do question just how much value they bring to an area. I'm also very concerned that as an area we're putting all of our eggs in one basket with students.

Other countries are bringing their own establishments on-line, they won't be sending their students here for ever. At some point this little bubble will burst. - What then?

Lex
18-11-2016, 06:53 PM
More old folks homes? Sheltered accommodation seems very popular (mostly because the older generation seem to be the only people with any money nowadays!)

rebbonk
19-11-2016, 08:14 AM
But will the money dry up once the 'boomers' are no longer here? As you say, it's this group that seems to have the money, will they be able to pass it on to future generations or will it all be spent on care etc.?

Lex
19-11-2016, 04:03 PM
It may sound a bit harsh, but I've heard some people predict a drop in the UK's population once the baby boomers start passing away. But then, that was before the mass immigration of the last few years...

rebbonk
19-11-2016, 05:42 PM
That has been one of the arguments to permit immigration.

For years we were closing schools because the predictions were that the population was going to drop and fewer schools would be needed.

Then someone realised that the giant Ponzi scheme that we call the state provided old age pension would collapse if we didn't find 'new blood' from somewhere! - Hence the encouragement of immigration: plus the fact that most would vote Labour; so that **** ****** Blair opened the floodgates without properly thinking things through.

Lex
03-01-2017, 06:07 PM
Echoes of the old Eco Town idea: http://www.stratford-herald.com/63846-stratford-get-garden-village.html

Lex
31-01-2017, 06:27 PM
And more houses planned for Nuneaton: http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/monster-850-home-development-plan-for-nuneaton/story-30100678-detail/story.html

Lex
13-03-2017, 04:45 PM
The new primary health care for Wellesbourne looks really good: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/new-primary-care-centre-for-wellesbourne-as-part-of-major-housing-development-1-7864500

rebbonk
13-03-2017, 08:03 PM
It looks great, but it all depends on how it's run.

We had a new medical centre a few years back and it was a massive improvement on the old facility. However, as the old staff have retired new ones have moved in and with them some very peculiar practices.

The latest absurdity seems to be that if you can't get an appointment for morning surgery you must ring up at 13:00 hours for an appointment for the evening. - Despite the fact that it is 12:55 and you are standing in front of them in obvious pain! - Of course, if you are daft enough to walk away and try to ring the phone doesn't get answered!

I would suggest that doctors are currently 'playing' the system to make the NHS look far worse than need be. :mad::mad:

Lex
30-03-2017, 06:59 PM
How much student accommodation does Coventry need?

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/uproar-canley-plans-change-new-12821280

rebbonk
30-03-2017, 07:04 PM
The bubble will burst at some stage.

The other issue I have is that students don't pay council tax. So building all these properties doesn't actually ease the local tax burden.

Lex
03-04-2017, 07:47 PM
More housing for Warwick: http://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/local-news/asps-and-gallows-hill-appeals-upheld-1-7166262

This looks like it's finally happening: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/work-ahead-of-major-housing-development-between-leamington-and-warwick-approved-1-7898105

Lex
23-04-2017, 06:30 PM
A bit of trouble over plans for 60 homes in Barford: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/police-called-in-as-barford-housing-row-gets-heated-1-7924456

rebbonk
23-04-2017, 09:08 PM
We are a small country, we are over-populated. Packing people in too densely causes well documented problems. These protestors have valid concerns, they need to be listened to.

Lex
23-05-2017, 07:21 PM
Some infrastructure is actually being upgraded due to house building!

http://www.stratford-herald.com/70914-meeting-planned-water-works.html

Lex
25-05-2017, 09:15 PM
The first 200 of the 850 houses for Shottery re to go up soon: http://www.stratford-herald.com/71053-first-homes-built-shottery-development.html

rebbonk
26-05-2017, 08:26 AM
That is going to be a big development. Those homes won't be cheap, I hope the housing bubble doesn't burst!

Lex
26-05-2017, 07:35 PM
I've heard a few grumblings that the housing market is looking a bit shaky over the last few months. There could be some bargains to be had!

Lex
01-06-2017, 07:29 PM
A bit of infillling for Nuneaton: http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/homes-plan-revealed-for-former-nuneaton-school-site/story-30359638-detail/story.html

Lex
19-06-2017, 05:32 PM
The 1st phase of the Shottery development in Stratford is on the starting blocks: http://www.stratford-herald.com/72110-72110.html

Lex
29-06-2017, 07:20 PM
Another big development in Warwick: http://www.stratford-herald.com/72612-new-hotel-included-in-site-masterplan.html

Lex
29-06-2017, 07:35 PM
And more houses for Nuneaton: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/hundreds-more-new-homes-planned-13258816

Lex
14-07-2017, 05:54 PM
A possible 79 more houses for Stratford: http://www.stratford-herald.com/73266-new-application-79-homes-stratford.html

Lex
21-08-2017, 04:42 PM
I think the novelty of a microhome will wear off for me after a while: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40999687

rebbonk
21-08-2017, 05:51 PM
I think I could get on with it.

I have a mate just bought a 60' narrowboat, that's small, but there are smaller ones on the canal.

I think a lot of it's down to your state of mind.

Lex
22-08-2017, 07:56 PM
I'm one for a lot of space myself.

Lex
11-09-2017, 04:52 PM
A rare event - someone infilling instead of building on an undeveloped field: http://www.stratford-herald.com/75479-fresh-plan-demolish-flats.html

Lex
14-09-2017, 07:07 PM
A controversial development in Leamington: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/plans-to-turn-former-leamington-bakery-in-into-flats-given-green-light-1-8149791

rebbonk
14-09-2017, 08:53 PM
Interesting that the local council opposed it.

Lex
15-09-2017, 08:44 PM
It is, especially as government of all levels rarely seem bothered about the appearance of their own buildings, and when did local authorities ever give consideration to traffic issues?

Lex
15-09-2017, 09:03 PM
Good to see someone whose not just interested in 'taking the money & running': http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/developers-want-millions-for-this-field-but-i-want-to-protect-the-countryside-says-barford-landowner-1-8152086

rebbonk
16-09-2017, 08:17 AM
A rarity: well done that man.

Lex
21-09-2017, 08:45 PM
Anothee local plan gers the goahead: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/local-plan-approval-means-thousands-of-houses-will-be-built-in-warwick-district-1-8160730

rebbonk
22-09-2017, 08:30 AM
Don't you just love the definition...


affordable - defined by Government as houses with mortgage repayments below the local market value

Lex
22-09-2017, 06:57 PM
So, basically people with huge deposits!

Lex
29-09-2017, 08:06 PM
Ye gods; someone's actually considering infrastructure!

http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/europa-way-near-leamington-to-become-dual-carriageway-as-part-of-transport-plan-to-cope-with-more-houses-1-8174444

rebbonk
30-09-2017, 08:37 AM
A rarity definitely. But 6 years to complete?

Lex
30-09-2017, 04:02 PM
That seems to be the speed government runs - why do something in 6 months, when it can be dragged out for years.

Lex
03-10-2017, 06:00 PM
The Greater Brum Authority seens to getting really stuck in to its role: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/plans-thousands-new-homes-coventry-13702211

rebbonk
03-10-2017, 06:27 PM
Watch the urban sprawl! All greenbelt land between Brum and the other areas will gradually be eroded.

Lex
01-11-2017, 06:20 PM
Hmm, not 100% sure about this proposal, but could just about work in Stratford: http://www.stratford-herald.com/57056-new-plan-for-former-nightclub-site-revealed.html

This looks ok, but I'm not sure about the steel & zinc coating: http://www.stratford-herald.com/77675-controversial-apartments-plan-maison-site-approved.html

rebbonk
01-11-2017, 07:12 PM
I'm not a fan of a lot of cladding finishes that the building industry uses.

Steel cladding can often end up looking like cheap warehousing. - I don't think I'd be buying.

Lex
02-11-2017, 07:19 PM
A lot of greenbelt is being built on, but they're actually planning on redeveloping brownfield sites too!!

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/ten-coventry-landmarks-could-disappear-13844580

Lex
24-11-2017, 08:13 PM
It's scary how much house prices have risen in the last 20 years: http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/uk-house-price-trends-how-warwickshire-compares-with-the-rest-of-the-country-1-8261772

rebbonk
25-11-2017, 09:11 AM
It's a bubble and like all bubbles at some point it will burst. - Sadly, when it does people will get badly burned.

Lex
25-11-2017, 04:24 PM
I'm planning to sit tight where I am for at least 10 years, so am not too worried about house prices in the short-term. Having bought a property in the last 18 months, I can't afford to move; and, anyway, after putting all this effort into buying my place & getting it how I want it, I'm going to make the most of it!

rebbonk
25-11-2017, 06:19 PM
I bought a small 5 year old place in '91. It was well within my budget and I easily cleared my mortgage within 12 years. - One of the main reasons why I could retire early.

My son has just bought and extended himself dreadfully: if (when) interest rates go up he has left himself no room for manoeuvre.

Daughter is also on about buying in the first half of 2018, I hope she looks at things a little bit more conservatively, and listens to what dad advises.

Lex
26-11-2017, 04:05 PM
Nah, kids never listen to their parents; what do those old farts know about anything? :p

cathidaw
26-11-2017, 05:46 PM
That seems to be the speed government runs - why do something in 6 months, when it can be dragged out for years.

Keeps them in a job.

Lex
18-12-2017, 04:07 PM
This looks ok, but I'm not sure about the steel & zinc coating: http://www.stratford-herald.com/77675-controversial-apartments-plan-maison-site-approved.html

What the hell is it with Studio Spicer? They seem to want to turn Stratford into some nasty looking set from a Science Fiction B-movie: http://www.stratford-herald.com/79891-former-stratford-pub-demolished-apartments.html

rebbonk
18-12-2017, 07:20 PM
I took on Coventry council about a similar proposal and won. It was toned down quite a lot.

Lex
27-12-2017, 09:39 AM
Affordable housing has been an issue for the last 20 years: http://www.stratford-herald.com/80205-affordable-homes-crisis-looming.html

rebbonk
27-12-2017, 11:39 AM
Concern mounts as first-time buyers ignored by developers

A very silly, but short sighted, move in chasing immediate better profits. First time buyers drive the housing market. No first time buyers and the market collapses. Of course this won't be allowed as the UK economy is based on ever increasing house prices (look up fractional reserve banking and see how money is 'made'). If this practice becomes common, I think we can expect central government to pass legislation to counter it.

Lex
06-01-2018, 02:00 PM
A potential solution to the housing problem, and a case for building houses for the sake of building them?

https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/almost-600-homes-are-empty-across-warwick-district-1-8317857

https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/plans-for-more-than-200-homes-in-warwick-return-for-third-time-1-8309108

rebbonk
06-01-2018, 03:40 PM
If there 600 homes empty, how can they possibly justify building 200 more?

I've said it before. The UK economy depends on house building so the government will continue to allow/encourage it. Had the economy still been based on the gold standard things would be very different.

Lex
07-01-2018, 04:12 PM
The building industry will come to a shuddering halt once Brexit comes into force - along with agriculture and hospitality, construction has been dependant on central European labour for years.

Lex
31-01-2018, 05:37 PM
A case of a nod to consulting locals, going ahead with the development and dropping the affordable housing half way through building the developmend: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/developer-wants-public-s-feedback-on-690-home-plan-to-land-east-of-kenilworth-1-8358487

Lex
02-02-2018, 07:13 PM
The grant basically means the developer & Centrica will have to pay less towards infrastructure, meaning that they get an extra 13.4 million in their back pockets: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-42922377

Lex
06-02-2018, 03:55 PM
Money seems to be being thrown at infrastructure left, right & centre at the minute: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/millions-pounds-invested-provide-new-14252882

rebbonk
06-02-2018, 04:57 PM
Money is being thrown at it without any real thought. Easy to do with other people's money though isn't it? The A45 is still a pinch point and this is hardly going to help.

Lex
07-02-2018, 04:52 PM
Thankfully, I don't have reason to go anywhere near Coventry nowadays (Leamington is as close as I get, and that's only at the weekend). Since I moved away from Stratford, I find it a lot easier to drive past Redditch and head for the M1/M6 via the M42 if I'm going up north.

rebbonk
07-02-2018, 04:58 PM
The bottom line is that we're overpopulated and packed in to densely. But I guess that makes me a bad person saying it, daring to voice what our yellow-bellied politicians wont.

Lex
08-02-2018, 02:11 PM
Proof, as if we needed any, that the Green Belt doesn't matter any more: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/ryton-organic-gardens-up-for-sale-due-to-high-running-costs-1-8370777

rebbonk
08-02-2018, 04:02 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWwUJH70ubM

Lex
14-02-2018, 06:35 PM
What the hell is it with Studio Spicer? They seem to want to turn Stratford into some nasty looking set from a Science Fiction B-movie: http://www.stratford-herald.com/79891-former-stratford-pub-demolished-apartments.html

This plan has been kicked out. No doubt the architect will submit a slightly less ugly design that might just scrape through planning: http://www.stratford-herald.com/82143-inappropriate-apartments-plan-rejected.html

rebbonk
14-02-2018, 07:49 PM
Often things are done that way on purpose. Ugly design that they know will be rejected followed by intended design that gets nodded through for fear of the original rejection being appealed.

Lex
15-02-2018, 07:52 PM
Another potential development: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/old-laurentians-rfc-move-leads-to-fears-of-more-homes-1-8380043

Lex
13-03-2018, 04:51 PM
So much for the supposedly community friendly CoOp encouraging people to live healthy lifestyles. This proves yet again that it's all about the bottom line: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/plans-to-build-retirement-village-on-oakfield-rec-submitted-1-8412877

rebbonk
13-03-2018, 08:20 PM
It's all about the little god of money. - Sad really, isn't it? Especially when you consider that money is actually worthless and not backed by anything concrete. The promise on a note is totally meaningless.

Lex
19-03-2018, 05:53 PM
More housing for Leamington/Warwick. No doubt the 40% social housing will be severely cut back: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/plans-to-be-put-forward-for-420-homes-between-leamington-and-warwick-1-8421668

Lex
04-04-2018, 04:19 PM
Typical of local government policies: loopholes you can get a load of 4 bedroom houses through!

https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/housing-chiefs-slammed-for-not-complying-with-core-strategy/

Lex
19-05-2018, 02:37 PM
Ye gods; someone's actually considering infrastructure!

http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/europa-way-near-leamington-to-become-dual-carriageway-as-part-of-transport-plan-to-cope-with-more-houses-1-8174444

Work on Eurpoa Way is due to start in the next couple of days: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/major-work-on-europa-way-to-start-next-week-1-8501205

Lex
30-05-2018, 09:07 PM
The start of a continuous concrete belt between Coventry & Warwick/Leamington?

https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/major-plan-to-build-up-to-2-500-homes-northeast-of-kenilworth-1-8516196

rebbonk
31-05-2018, 09:41 AM
Looks that way doersn't it?

Once gone, it's gone forever and that's what worries me. If we controlled immigration properly there'd be no need for all of this expansion and house building.

If (when) the sh*t really hits the fan, this country simply couldn't support itself with food. Surely, that is a security risk and one that ought be avoided at all costs?

Lex
23-06-2018, 03:44 PM
Proof, as if we needed any, that the Green Belt doesn't matter any more: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/ryton-organic-gardens-up-for-sale-due-to-high-running-costs-1-8370777

Ryton Organic Gardens is getting a 6 month reprieve; one of David Cameron's gimmicky policies has actually been of some use: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/new-lifeline-campaign-save-ryton-14802538

Lex
03-07-2018, 06:24 PM
A bit of drip-drip development in Kenilworth: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/rural-land-in-kenilworth-could-be-sold-to-housing-developers-in-auction-1-8554440

Lex
04-09-2018, 08:41 PM
Good to see existing properties being improved instead of new ones being thrown up https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/council-set-to-invest-more-than-14-million-on-improving-warwick-district-homes-1-8620582

rebbonk
05-09-2018, 10:40 AM
That looks an interesting development and one that potentially has long lasting future benefits.

Lex
19-09-2018, 05:48 PM
Good to see another brownfield site being used: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/politics/rugby-s-poor-quality-biart-place-is-likely-to-be-demolished-as-part-of-23m-redevelopment-1-8640457

rebbonk
19-09-2018, 08:46 PM
If the figures are correct the proposed strategy makes sense.

Lex
03-10-2018, 06:17 PM
Someone wants to send their parents to a nice care home: https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/care-village-plans-set-for-approval-as-council-officers-override-greenbelt-protections/

rebbonk
03-10-2018, 06:27 PM
Green belt is there for a reason!

As a country we seem to be running headlong into further housing problems. If we controlled immigration properly, we wouldn't be needing all this building.

In order to be seen to be doing 'the right thing' politicians, by their inaction are betraying future generations.

Lex
18-10-2018, 05:38 PM
Ye gods; someone's actually considering infrastructure!

http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/europa-way-near-leamington-to-become-dual-carriageway-as-part-of-transport-plan-to-cope-with-more-houses-1-8174444

It's usually some idiot's great idea to close a major road like Europa Way on a Monday morning, and keep it closed until Friday evening to carry out works like this; has some planner somewhere developed some sense?: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/section-of-europa-way-between-leamington-and-m40-will-close-for-weekend-in-november-1-8673599

cathidaw
20-10-2018, 01:53 PM
Green belt is there for a reason!

As a country we seem to be running headlong into further housing problems. If we controlled immigration properly, we wouldn't be needing all this building.

In order to be seen to be doing 'the right thing' politicians, by their inaction are betraying future generations.

It was not the fault of immigrants that Thatcher allowed the right to buy council houses, which were built for one reason only.For those of us who preferred to rent or couldn't afford to buy.

rebbonk
20-10-2018, 03:38 PM
But continuing to yet more people in when we can't house what have is pure lunacy. Sinking the lifeboat helps nobody.

I worked with a guy who was chairman of the local young conservatives at the time Thatcher did this. He was totally aghast and complained bitterly. I thought, 'that guy has a heart, after all.' Then we got talking about it and his reason was that the people buying were too stupid to own houses! We didn't speak much after that.

cathidaw
21-10-2018, 12:07 AM
A few random thoughts...
When we were young,many of our school friends lived in diabolical condemned houses.Even at that young age I sort of noticed although it didn't sink in.Kids don't see it in an adult way.
We had a new council house near Whitley village, a cul de sac of not many houses.Everyone was proud of them and I thought it was normal living this way.I suppose that was their limit of the hardworking working class people's aspiration then, just to find a nice home. All in the same boat as it were.
We had lived in a Spon street court in a back to back, with wash house, toilets and taps in the yard.I don't remember it but my mum loved it and didn't want to move but they wanted space for future kids. After the war when they built the council blocks it all went wrong and the council estates which sprang up were rubbish.Later as I grew up I was a nurse at Gulson Road and later- on the district - and saw such shocking conditions of life. mainly due to the shoddy way they were built.New houses, damp, mildewed bedrooms and poor brickwork..

i HAVE FORGOTTEN MY THREAD NOW so am off to bed. I think I was trying to say people don't know when they are well off.
I knocked a cup of tea on my keyboard yesterday and borrowed this one which is big bright yellow and ancient and keeps duplicating or missing letters, whatever it feels like doing.
New one should be here tomorrow.

Lex
25-10-2018, 06:25 PM
More housing for Kenilworth, adding to the soon-to-be continuous concrete between Coventry and Warwick: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/masterplan-for-hundreds-of-houses-on-land-east-of-kenilworth-drawn-up-1-8682782

rebbonk
26-10-2018, 09:05 AM
If you listen to what the politicians are saying (Rees-Mogg most recently) it looks like our once sacred greenbelt land is about to become rather less sacred.

Lex
26-10-2018, 09:40 PM
Interests in the construction industry?

rebbonk
27-10-2018, 08:59 AM
Since we dropped the gold standard, I think it might be that the UK economy is influenced by construction. - Yet another cock-up the politicians have made.

Lex
07-11-2018, 04:47 PM
More housing being squeezed in: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/politics/plans-for-150-homes-in-warwick-given-the-go-ahead-1-8696096

Lex
16-11-2018, 08:08 PM
This raises more questions about why we need more newbuild houses: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/hundreds-of-homes-in-rugby-left-lying-empty-1-8708955

Lex
20-11-2018, 05:05 PM
I doubt Kenilworth Town Council's objection will amount to much: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/major-640-home-plan-for-kenilworth-objected-to-by-town-council-1-8712281

Lex
30-11-2018, 01:41 PM
Developers ignoring affordable housing quotas, and the council doing nothing about. Not surprising, really: https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/approved-housing-plans-do-not-meet-affordable-homes-quota/

rebbonk
30-11-2018, 03:31 PM
Money talks, Lex!

Lex
30-11-2018, 09:05 PM
It does indeed, Rebbonk.

Lex
21-01-2019, 04:21 PM
Some development controversy in Solihul: https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/campaigners-step-up-fight-to-save-land-from-housing-after-draft-local-plan-changes/

rebbonk
21-01-2019, 06:11 PM
They can build as much as they like, but they simply aren't facing the elephant in the room.- We are over-populated, and overcrowded. Our basic infrastructure can't cope with what we have now, continuing building is absolute madness. - But there's money to be made, so some greedy b@st@rd will get in on the act.

Lex
28-01-2019, 07:41 PM
More housing having to be replaced in Rugby: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/politics/rugby-councillors-asked-to-back-plans-to-demolish-rounds-gardens-and-redevelop-site-with-new-council-homes-1-8787559

Lex
07-02-2019, 07:17 PM
15 meter buffer zones don't amount to much. From experience of living in other cities, small patches of greenery like this just turn into dumping grounds: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-new-houses-arden-15791761

rebbonk
08-02-2019, 09:08 AM
Pure madness.

Lex
28-02-2019, 07:42 PM
More homes for Coventry: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-eastern-green-houses-15903405

rebbonk
01-03-2019, 09:14 AM
About as welcome as a f@rt in a space suit.

I was reading that the local development plan is seriously flawed, but nobody seems to want to take the claims seriously.

Lex
21-03-2019, 05:37 PM
It's usually some idiot's great idea to close a major road like Europa Way on a Monday morning, and keep it closed until Friday evening to carry out works like this; has some planner somewhere developed some sense?: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/section-of-europa-way-between-leamington-and-m40-will-close-for-weekend-in-november-1-8673599

There seems to be a trend developing with regards to government contractors going out of business: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/transport/work-stops-on-major-road-project-between-leamington-and-warwick-1-8858476

Lex
15-04-2019, 05:25 PM
One way of avoiding losing votes: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/politics/exclusive-inspector-sent-rugby-council-final-report-on-plan-which-could-radically-change-the-borough-but-you-are-not-allowed-to-see-it-until-after-local-elections-1-8891540

rebbonk
15-04-2019, 06:56 PM
I really think that we're about to see a massive change in politics. People are so fed up with under-performing representation and sleight of hand tactics.

Lex
07-05-2019, 05:57 PM
A small town's worth of housing for Rugby: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/inspector-gives-rugby-council-green-light-to-adopt-controversial-local-plan-which-will-see-12-400-new-homes-1-8917608

rebbonk
07-05-2019, 07:32 PM
Withheld til after the elections! - That speaks volumes!

Lex
09-05-2019, 05:39 PM
Shows how much developers care about the areas they build in: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/developers-halt-destruction-of-hedgerows-on-ashlawn-road-while-rugby-council-seeks-legal-advice-1-8920746

At least the council acted quickly: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/here-is-what-rugby-council-said-about-developer-s-removal-of-hedgerows-on-ashlawn-road-1-8921648

rebbonk
09-05-2019, 06:33 PM
It's all about the money, developers don't give a stuff about anything else.

What a horrible world we live in, where the little God of money reigns supreme

Lex
10-05-2019, 08:05 PM
And the deveoloper's response: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/developer-responds-to-public-outrage-following-removal-of-hedgerows-on-ashlawn-road-1-8923026

Lex
22-05-2019, 06:13 PM
A slap on the wrist for the developer; I wonder if they'lll stick to their word?

https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/developers-who-chopped-down-ashlawn-road-hedgerows-have-28-days-to-explain-how-they-will-rectify-the-situation-1-8937427

rebbonk
22-05-2019, 08:01 PM
But the damage is done, isn't it?

Lex
24-05-2019, 06:01 PM
Unfortunately it has. It'll take decades to grow back to it's original state.

Lex
16-06-2019, 09:26 AM
It's been a while since I came across the word 'yuppie': https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/plan-for-360-yuppie-flats-in-rugby-will-local-plan-force-developer-to-make-some-of-them-affordable-1-8964578

Lex
23-06-2019, 09:26 AM
A lot of objections are about the Long Marston development are coming in : http://www.stratford-herald.com/99870-conservation-organisation-objects-garden-village.html

rebbonk
23-06-2019, 10:26 AM
3500 homes means a lot of people. I can understand the concerns

Lex
04-07-2019, 06:25 PM
Moved to Living in/Moving to Warwickshire thread - seems a better place. :)

Lex
07-07-2019, 05:20 PM
Another decision kicked into the long grass: http://www.stratford-herald.com/100218-relief-road-decision-unlikely-year.html

rebbonk
07-07-2019, 07:29 PM
Not enough plain brown envelopes available?

Lex
08-07-2019, 06:51 PM
Money laundering is really being clamped down on nowadays.

Lex
09-07-2019, 05:16 PM
It's a shame the flats being demolished can't be replaced with the equivalent number of houses: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/wyken-tower-block-demolition-16551950

rebbonk
09-07-2019, 05:50 PM
Coventry is desperately short of homes, so one can only wonder why this decrease in dwellings is being allowed and the block is not being refurbished.

margaret
06-08-2019, 05:37 AM
We've had social housing built near us with the usual problems that arise from that. During the summer holidays, kids are bored out of their little skulls, so they put my garden fence in and came back to make more holes just for fun. I got the police involved , they gave me a crime number. I think I managed to scare the kids off!

When I first moved here it was a peaceful little haven.

rebbonk
06-08-2019, 10:11 AM
Their parents ought be made pay for any damage.

But, in our blue-rinsed, lilly-livered, liberal thinking, non judgemental society, it'll never happen. :(

margaret
06-08-2019, 01:26 PM
Their parents ought be made pay for any damage.

But, in our blue-rinsed, lilly-livered, liberal thinking, non judgemental society, it'll never happen. :(


I know, nothing will come of it. I asked the police If can make a citizens arrest if I caught them , they warned me that if I do detain some kid until the cops arrived , the parent of that child will take exception, I then replied to the police that I take exception to criminal damage.
I suppose in theory you can't really touch kids, unless you got a photo of them which opens up another can of worms. So the little terrors can get away with doing a demolition job on your property and get a way with murder.. little brats!

rebbonk
06-08-2019, 06:30 PM
A few years back a guy who worked for me was arrested for something very similar Margaret. The police were absolutely on the child's side and accused my employee of all sorts of crimes. When my employee complained that the child had destroyed several expensive plants in his garden the police took the attitude, 'so what!'

A former neighbour caught someone breaking into his car. He treated the guy to a damned good hiding. Guess who got hammered by the courts?

The law is not on the side of the law abiding these days!

Lex
20-08-2019, 05:17 PM
Building on a brownfield site; makes a change!: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/affordable-homes-coventry-ryton-16781326

rebbonk
20-08-2019, 05:53 PM
We are littered with brownfield sites, but companies often won't develop them because of the clean-up costs. To my mind, until all brownfield sites are used up no building should be permitted on greenbelt land.

Lex
19-09-2019, 04:17 PM
One in the eye for developers: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/judge-brands-developer-s-attempt-to-force-rugby-council-to-reduce-amount-of-parks-required-close-to-being-totally-without-merit-1-9077552

Lex
19-09-2019, 04:34 PM
Coventry City Council won't scrap the plan; the development will lead to more cash in the coffers: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-housing-local-plan-finham-16939012

rebbonk
19-09-2019, 05:55 PM
Money talks!

Lex
24-09-2019, 04:42 PM
One in the eye for developers: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/judge-brands-developer-s-attempt-to-force-rugby-council-to-reduce-amount-of-parks-required-close-to-being-totally-without-merit-1-9077552

Another knock back for McCarthy & Stone, but they're trying again: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/breaking-developer-trying-to-build-on-oakfield-rec-pulls-out-of-appeal-inquiry-on-the-first-day-1-9083841

Lex
30-09-2019, 08:32 PM
Work starts on more houses in Warwick: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/people/work-begins-on-hundreds-of-new-homes-off-europa-way-between-leamington-and-warwick-1-9090596

margaret
25-10-2019, 06:27 AM
Work starts on more houses in Warwick: https://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/people/work-begins-on-hundreds-of-new-homes-off-europa-way-between-leamington-and-warwick-1-9090596



''Of the 375 new homes to be built on the site, 185 two, three and four bed houses are to be offered as affordable, social rented or shared ownership dwellings''.

I have always wonder why they call it, affordable housing! Affordable for who?

I would steer well clear of shared ownership too. In theory stair casing sounds a reasonable idea for people who want to get on the property ladder but a lot of people just get stuck and find they don't have the money, they are paying rent and mortgage. Originally say 30 years ago, solicitors fees were quite reasonable, but given that conveyancing now costs nearly 2000, you would have to factor that in. To stair case will involve a solicitor and valuation and administrative costs . Let's say you buy 50% you could stair case in 10% tranches, or 2, 25% . Given the costs involved will be about the same. The original idea wasn't a bad one but is now rather dated and doesn't reflect current realities.

And renting alone can expensive too, including council tax and ground rent.

rebbonk
25-10-2019, 10:20 AM
Housing prices are being kept artificially high. The reason is down to government policies and our fractional reserve banking system. However, like all bubbles, at some stage it will burst. The fall out won't be pretty.

Lex
30-10-2019, 05:27 PM
A 'consultation' on housing in Rugby: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/learn-more-about-the-5-000-home-south-west-rugby-plan-at-dunchurch-meeting-tonight-1-9124413

Lex
19-11-2019, 05:14 PM
More houses for Coventry: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/first-phase-keresley-800-homes-17277164

rebbonk
19-11-2019, 07:37 PM
When I was at school, Keresley was a small pit village and my mate's brother was the village bobby: it's now a small town! The whole area has changed beyond recognition, and not always for the better.

Lex
26-11-2019, 03:29 PM
Good to see brown field sites being used: https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/more-brownfield-land-earmarked-by-council-for-new-homes-16213/

rebbonk
26-11-2019, 04:05 PM
It is Lex. There are plenty of brown-field sites around, but developers resist taking them on because the profits are often lower. Sad world that we live in, isn't it?

Lex
17-01-2020, 08:06 PM
A brownfield redevelopment in Stratford. I hope the current building is kept - it one of the nicer buildings in town: https://www.stratford-herald.com/105254-housing-plan-former-ta-centre.html

Lex
28-01-2020, 05:33 PM
The 1st batch of houses in Long Marston will be thrown up soon: https://www.stratford-herald.com/105555-work-first-400-long-marston-airfield-homes-begin-spring.html

rebbonk
28-01-2020, 06:51 PM
3500 houses? I wouldn't give tuppence to be around there at peak period

Lex
29-01-2020, 04:59 PM
Traffic's bad enough around there already. There's plans to build a relief road on that side of Stratford, but a lot of people are up in arms about the design/location.

rebbonk
29-01-2020, 09:28 PM
The root cause is being missed. We are overpopulated, but no politician will dare say so, or raise his head above the parapet on the subject. It's a nettle that really needs grasping.

Lex
28-02-2020, 08:32 PM
Planned housing in Coventry that's NOT for students!

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/107-homes-planned-old-london-17830922

rebbonk
28-02-2020, 09:36 PM
Another location that I'd not particularly like, but at least it's not greenbelt

Lex
29-02-2020, 07:45 AM
Planners seem to be getting the message that brown field sites should be made use of. (Although plenty of green field sites are still being dug up!)

rebbonk
29-02-2020, 05:44 PM
They're trying to put up industrial units near me. Green belt, but also a flood plain and with already inadequate roads. They are completely barmy in their worshipping of the little God of money.

Of course, the problem will become someone elses once the units are built, likely the existing residents who already suffer with flooding.

Lex
30-03-2020, 04:29 PM
350 homes for Rugby as part of the planned development: https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/people/350-more-homes-coming-rugbys-houlton-development-2522168

Lex
22-04-2020, 08:23 PM
Plans for houses for the old London Taxi Company site: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/old-london-taxi-site-coventry-18123689

rebbonk
23-04-2020, 01:27 PM
Another area I'm not to keen to see new houses placed. The roads around there are bad at the best of times.