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Fresh plans lodged to build 700 new homes in Coventry

Written by on 23/12/2021

Revised plans to build hundreds of new homes on the edge of Coventry city centre have been submitted for planning approval.

Birmingham architects Glenn Howells Architects and BPN were brought in to undertake a total redesign of the project in consultation with local residents following concerns expressed at a Coventry City Council planning committee on previous proposals in January.

Now a fresh application has been lodged to create a new 700-home community called Abbotts Park.

The development would be built on the former five-and-a-half acre Abbotts Lane Gas Works site and would boast a mix of homes from three-bedroom town houses to one and two-bed apartments.

A linear park will run through the centre of the scheme which will also feature a small village ‘centre’ with a convenience store, cafe, a new orchard and wildlife area.

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Kathryn Ventham of planning consultants, Barton Willmore, said: “We listened to feedback from local residents and the council’s planning committee and went back to the drawing board with new architects that are some of the best in the region.

“The team has been working closely with planning officers for the past nine months to make sure all of the concerns are taken on board. The result is a much better scheme which we hope will be welcomed by the planning committee early next year.

“The project raises the bar on sustainability and provides the quality of environment that is much-needed if we are to attract people to live in a way that is kinder to the planet, where they can walk to work in the city centre.”

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Rob King, associate at Glenn Howells Architects, said: “Working collaboratively with BPN Architects and Robert Colbourne Landscape we have reimagined the plans for new homes at Abbotts Park that will see sustainability and landscape-led spaces at its heart.

“Our proposals take inspiration from the surrounding materials of the Naul’s Mill conservation area to provide a collection of well-proportioned residential buildings.

“Our designs will limit the routes for vehicles and prioritise pedestrian movements to help transform this industrial site into a vibrant new neighbourhood.”

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