SW Rugby Supplementary Planning Document delayed
Now not due to be considered by Rugby Borough Council Cabinet until 28th June 2021
The document which gives guidance on development in south west Rugby is not due to be considered by Rugby Borough Council cabinet until 28th June 2021.
The supplementary development plan (SPD) is designed to be used by all planners, applicants, agents and developers, but is still in draft form.
In the draft document, the original timetable stated that the supplementary development plan would be adopted in December 2020.
This document works in tandem with the Local Plan, giving details of how the Plan allocation will be carried out.
Speaking about the delayed adoption of the SPD, Richard Allenach of Rugby About Turn said: “The SPD is supposed to protect us against piecemeal development. Yet now it looks as if there will be more than two years between the council agreeing to the SW Rugby development and setting standards for that development. Developers such as Symmetry have rushed into the gap getting permission for their schemes before local residents have had the protection of the SPD."
The council specifies in this draft plan their preferred locations for open space, roads, play areas and schools.
The plan includes the following proposals:
To place primary and secondary schools in the ‘site’s district centre’
Changes to south west Rugby’s parks and open space provisions to reflect the aims of the RBC local plan
Ensuring homes are consistent with the standards set out in the Coton Park East Supplementary Development Plan (adopted in December 2019)
The possibility of Rugby Borough Council parks and grounds team managing Cawston Spinney
A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: "We consider all planning applications in accordance with the policies set out in the borough's Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.
"A Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) forms a material consideration in the determination of an application, and while the South West Rugby SPD has yet to be adopted, the fact we have published and consulted on the document means even in draft form, it can be a material consideration when determining an application."
There was a public consultation on the draft plan in October 2020, although due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions the documents were not available in the Town Hall or public libraries. The consultation took place primarily online.