6,200 home urban extension approved for Rugby site

Out-Law News | 21 Jan 2014 | 3:24 pm | 1 min. read

A 6,200 home development on the site of a former radio mast in Rugby has been granted planning permission.

Plans for the urban extension on the radio station site on the east side of Rugby town were approved by Rugby Borough Council's planning committee on Wednesday 8 January. The Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) site occupies an area of approximately 473 hectares on land previously used as part of the BT Radio Station. 

The regeneration of the site will include homes, commercial space, schools, green space and supporting infrastructure and is being overseen by Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership (RRSLP) which includes BT and Aviva Investors.

“Bringing this site into use is a major step forward in delivering sustainable growth," leader of Rugby Borough Council Craig Humphrey told the Rugby Advertiser. "When these new homes and the associated infrastructure and employment sites are complete the borough will become an even more attractive place to live, work and visit."

"Rugby is growing and the Radio Station site will play an integral part in a sustainable and successful future for the town," said Neil McLeod of Aviva Investors, according to a report in About My Area. "Now that a resolution to grant planning permission is in place, we can get on with preparing to start work on site which means putting the infrastructure in place and drilling down to an even greater level of design detail."

Work is due to start later this year and it is planned that the first homes will be occupied in 2015. The site will have a population of around 15,000 once complete, increasing Rugby town's population by 18%.