Coventry City Council
Coventry is a city in central England and centre of our county. It’s known for the medieval Coventry Cathedral, which was left in ruins after a WWII bombing. A 20th-century replacement, with abstract stained glass and the wonderful Graham Sutherland tapestry stands beside it.
It is built on the River Sherbourne, which remains largely hidden by infrastructure, although it can be seen by the canal. Coventry has been a large settlement for centuries, although it wasn’t founded and given its city status until the Middle Ages, since then it has been one of the most important and largest cities of the country with Coventry motor companies contributing significantly to the British motor industry – the UK’s Motown!
Coventry’s green belt is under attack with large areas of such land threatened with housing, such as that at Keresley and Eastern Green. Quite why remains a mystery since the Council uses population growth figures for the city that are quite unrealistic.
A city indeed, but fingers of countryside such as the Coundon Wedge, not two miles from the centre, abound. We do our best to retain such wonderful features of the city.
Coventry housing numbers and the Statistics Authority:
We have consistently questioned the population figures and projections for Coventry provided by the Office for National Statistics.
Our member, Merle Gering, coordinated a letter to the Chairman of the Statistics Authority and the Director General for Regulation of the Office for Statistics Regulation. It was co-signed by five local MPs (Taiwo Owatemi, Zarah Sultana, Craig Tracey, Mark Pawsey and Jeremy Wright) and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. And seeks an independent review of the ONS’s figures, as there was grave danger that bad decisions are being made on the back of bad data.
See the full text of the letter here.
We have allied ourselves with residents and others to seek the ‘calling-in’ of the Kings Hill application for 2500 houses, along with primary and secondary schools.
Our Chairman, Sir Andrew Watson, has written to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government requesting that he urgently ‘calls-in’ the application for 2500 houses which has been approved by the Council subject to the completion of section 106 agreements. In addition he has urged him to place a temporary halt to further permissions being granted for other applications for thousands more new houses at locations around Coventry until the issues about population growth and air quality have been resolved.
Copies of the correspondence have been sent to local MPs and leaders of the adjoining Councils hoping to enlist their help and influence as well.
Copies of the letter, the projected population growth targets of the Council and proposed housing to fulfil these, along with Highways England’s responses to a couple of the applications can be seen below.
To view Coventry City Council’s current local plan please follow the link below:
To understand CPRE Warwickshire’s perspective on this plan, please click the page below.