A PLANNING application has been submitted to North Warwickshire Borough Council for the first phase of a major development scheme just outside Tamworth.
The application submitted on behalf of national developer, St. Mowden at the end of June this year; a decision is expected shortly.
The applications for a scheme which is proposed to take place on a 35-acre site, east of junction 10 of the M42, known as Tamworth logistics park.
The development could create up to 1,700 jobs in the area.
Gregg Titley, Development Director At St. Modwen has said:
Based on the 10-year average take up for new warehouses in the West Midlands the amount of space available will be gone within one year.
The development at Tamworth Logistics Park will therefore deliver much needed accommodation in a strategic location on the M42 corridor for both distribution and manufacturing companies.
Map of proposed plan (Credit: St. Mowden)
Tamworth Logistics Park is part of St. Modwen’s growing focus on the development of industrial and logistics sites in areas of high demand across the UK.
As part of the Tamworth development, St. Modwen will create a new access off Trinity Road to service the site. A substantial area of existing open space to the south-west of the site will also be retained, providing natural wildlife habitats.
If the planning application is accepted, the work onsite is due to start during the first quarter of 2018.
The application follows the recent launch of the 153,000 sq ft unit known as CP153 at St. Modwen’s Centurion Park, located adjacent to Tamworth Logistics Park, which could create up to 200 additional jobs in the area.
A TEENAGE boy who was arrested at a school in Nuneaton in June has been sentenced following the incident.
The boy from Nuneaton was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intention to endanger life and possession of an article with a blade on school premises following an incident at a school in Nuneaton on June 13 this year.
The Boy, 15, who can not be named due to his age has been given a six-year youth detention order after taking shotgun and ammunition in to the school.
The incident occurred at Higham Lane School on Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton.
Police were called to the incident at the school yesterday at 9.15am on Tuesday 13 June where the boy was arrested and a firearm and ammunition seized. He was also later also found to be in possession of a pocket knife.
Superintendent Andy Nolan said: “This was a concerning incident for all involved. Fortunately the call handlers, officers and staff at the school responded promptly to contain the boy and ensure pupils at the school were kept safe. I would like to thank staff and pupils at the school for their cooperation and support during the incident and the following investigation.”
His Honour Judge Andrew Lockhart QC reserved praise for the 999 call handler in the case. Superintendent Martin Samuel said: “Our emergency call handlers are all trained to make quick decisions in high pressured situations. The call handler in this case immediately understood the severity of the situation and took immediate steps to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. He is a credit to the force.”
TWO companies local to Tamworth have raised a staggering £24,909.09 for Cancer Research UK through their organisation of a Fun Run and Summer Ball.
The Office Pub organises ‘The Office Abbott Run’ annually and is also supported by local Nissan Dealership, Polesworth Garage. Last year the annual run included the ‘Abbot’ name for the first time. This was in honour of local Polesworth resident Karen Abbott who sadly lost her battle to cancer on 22 March 2016. Karen was a keen runner and a Police Sergeant at Tamworth Police Station.
The event is now in it’s fourth year and is growing every time. It sees sees men, women and children run, jog or walk the 5K. The course is from Polesworth Garage on Grendon Road in Polesworth to The Office Pub in Warton.
This year, the run which took place on Sunday 9 July raised an AMAZING £12,636.79 for Cancer Research. The figure which exceeded the 2016 total, as the event continues to grow.
That was not all however, Polesworth Garage wanted to top up this figure and donate even more to the very worthy cause. Earlier in the year, they organised a 50th Anniversary Summer Ball, to celebrate the company trading for half a century! This ball was held in honour of Chairman, Bill Newbold, who sadly passed away with Cancer in October 2016. This ball raised an incredible £12,272.30.
Polesworth Garage decided that they wanted to donate this entire fund to the Office Abbott run figure. Because of this, the total raised jumped to an astonishing £24,909.09!
An amazing well done to everyone involved in organising the events. Also to everyone who has taken part in the the fun run.
NORTH Warwickshire Borough Council will later this week set out its proposal for the Local Plan after listening to comments from the public.
Earlier this year the Council concluded the first stage of its consultation into how the houses needed for future generations will be built. The overwhelming issue raised by public responses was that the right infrastructure needed to accompany the development.
The final draft version of the Plan will be considered by Councillors on 11th September and then at further meetings in October. A further series of consultation and information events will take place throughout the rest of this year through which the public will be able to comment further.
The latest version looks to accommodate 6800 houses over the next 15 years and now that other public agencies have responded to the first consultation the Council is able to give significantly more detail on the infrastructure investments that will come with that development.
The Council is also making it clear that unless the A5 is comprehensively improved then a large amount of that housing figure will not be delivered.
Health agencies have asked for over £2.4m in contributions to local health care to allow more doctors, nurses and consulting rooms to be provided. Additional primary schools and financial contributions to allow secondary school to expand will also be part of the ask to developers.
In addition, a major study of the Borough’s road network has been undertaken and major investment is to be planned to make the roads suitable for the additional population. In particular major schemes will be included for the A5 which will allow a further ten years of development to take place before a complete overhaul is needed.
Speaking ahead of the publication of the papers on 1st September, Councillor David Humphreys, Leader of the Council said:
“Councillors will start to formally consider the public’s response in September. I’d like to again thank everyone who has engaged in this process so far. It is clear that the public, and Councillors, are very concerned about the need for large infrastructure improvements to accompany this unavoidable growth.
The infrastructure and detailed planning of the major sites will however provide a really important investment into the Borough. Our roads and health services have been somewhat neglected for years as very little investment came into the Borough. With the growth we have to take, there is now the opportunity to use this to improve our facilities.”
The draft plan is not finalised as Councillors will look at the proposals very carefully and there will be even more opportunities for people to give their views. Engagement with communities, where larger allocations will go, will continue beyond this exercise so we can all help shape the areas as they develop.
Councillor David Reilly, Chairman of the Local Development Committee added:
“I welcome the publication of this further draft and in particular the large increase in infrastructure provision. Our Borough has been crying out for investment after very little growth for many years. We have no choice but to address the housing figures and we have done this honestly and with an eye to modernising as many of our services as we can.
“A key case is the A5 and we are now closer to resolving this longstanding problem than we’ve ever been. We will allocate 6800 houses but the transport assessment is clear that if a full modernisation of the A5 doesn’t happen then we will not be delivering a large proportion of that housing. In this way we will be able to use the unavoidable growth to improve our area and we have made it clear that unless this infrastructure is delivered, then we will not allocate this level of housing.”