Background

In September 2017, Warwick District Council adopted its Local Plan, which seeks to guide development around the District in the period up to 2029.

The Local Plan requires the Council to build a minimum of 16,776 new dwellings by 2029. In order to help the Council achieve this, the Plan identifies a number of sites which the Council thinks are suitable for building new houses on. One of those is the site at Montague Road, Warwick.

The brownfield site is located between Montague Road and the Grand Union Canal, which form its northern and southern boundaries, and extends to about 3.5 hectares in area. It is comprised of two principal elements: the buildings and land associated with the former Ridgeway School, which closed in 2010 when it relocated to alternative premises; and the buildings used by Warwickshire County Council as a depot. The site ‘wraps around’ the Montague Road Ambulance Station, however this does not form part of the development site.

The site is located in a residential area, with existing dwellings on Montague Road, The Ridgeway and The Spinney meaning that new homes on this site would be complementary to this part of Warwick.

The site is well-located for access by public transport. There are bus stops within walking distance of the site on Spinney Hill, served by the regular G1 bus route which links Warwick and Leamington Spa town centres. Warwick Railway Station is also only a short walk away, providing frequent rail access to Leamington Spa and to Birmingham, amongst other places.

The site is currently owned by the County Council, and the site will be brought forward by Crest Nicholson in partnership with the County Council, with a planning application to be submitted to Warwick District Council in early 2019.

Crest has appointed a team of architects and consultants to undertake a series of technical surveys and assessments, and use the findings of these to inform its emerging proposals for the site.