The site is located to the east of Radford Semele and the south of Southam Road (A425).
It comprises of a single arable field bordered by trees and hedgerows. The residential development site equates to 3.26 hectares (7.83 acres) and is bordered by open countryside to the south and existing residential development to the east and west, as can be seen by the map below:
The site represents a natural extension to the village and can be sensitively developed and integrated with the village. Development of the site will encourage increased use of village services.
Need for Housing
Radford Semele is identified by the Council as a ‘Growth Village’ in which new housing will need to be found in order to support a housing shortfall within Warwick District. The Council needs to find sites to accommodate over 16,000 dwellings in its new Local Plan. Currently the Council is unable to demonstrate a 5-year supply of housing sites, meaning there is a need to bring sites forward for housing development now.
Radford Semele benefits from a wide range of village services and is in close proximity to Leamington Spa. It is considered by the Council to be the most suitable of the ten Growth Villages to accommodate new housing.
Landscape and Ecology
The site is not covered by any landscape designations or tree preservation orders and is not considered to be an area of significant ecological value. It is not within a Conservation Area and there are no listed buildings located on or adjacent to the site.
In landscape terms, there is the opportunity to provide a strong landscape framework at the edges of the site to soften the visual effect of the new development. There is also the opportunity to create ecological habitat enhancement through the creation of a new attenuation basin to the south of the site. This attenuation basin will collect the surface water runoff from the site and will be planted with suitable vegetation in order to encourage wildlife.
Flood Risk and Drainage
The site area is located in Flood Zone 1 and is therefore acceptable for housing development. Surface water drainage will be catered for in an attenuation basin located to the south of the development. Storage in the region of 1800m3 will be provided for, in order to attenuate flows up to the 1 in 100-year storm event plus 40% for climate change.
Flows will discharge into a watercourse located to the south of the development area and will be restricted to better than greenfield runoff rates. The basin will be designed with soft slopes. Fencing around the basin could be considered at the detailed design stage.
Foul drainage will discharge to the local foul sewer network either by gravity or a new pumping station. Severn Trent Water are currently modelling their network to determine the most suitable point of connection.
Access will be taken from Southam Road through the creation of a new T-junction and right turn lane. We have designed this junction and the visibility splays required after undertaking speed surveys. We have used the higher than average speeds to test this junction in order to ensure it is safe. In addition, we are also proposing to reduce the speed limit to 30mph.
New footway connections will be provided along Southam Road and contributions will be provided to surrounding public rights of way to improve access to Lewis Road. The development will seek to deliver a new pedestrian crossing on Southam Road in close proximity to the existing bus stops near Lewis Road.
The site is accessible to local facilities and existing public transport services. The traffic impact has been considered across five local junctions and the development will be required to contribute towards local highway infrastructure improvements, in accordance with the Warwick District Infrastructure Delivery Plan.
We have contacted the local utility providers to ensure there is sufficient capacity to support our development proposals. This has confirmed that:
- Water – sufficient capacity currently exists
- Gas – reinforcement works to the gas main in Southam Road will be required
- Electricity – a new substation will be required on site and contributions will be provided to improve the network.
- BT – broadband speeds are good at 76.00Mbps