Coventry & Warwickshire

Legal threat over plan for 12,000 new Warwickshire homes

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Image caption Protesters in Warwickshire are unhappy with plans to build 12,000 homes in the county over the next 15 years.

Campaigners against plans for 12,000 new homes across Warwickshire are threatening legal action if they are given the go-ahead.

Protestors fear the development plans by the district council would result in a "suburban sprawl on rural land".

Councillors say the plans would help meet housing needs and provide jobs.

Half of the homes will be built on farmland that already has planning consent in Warwick, Leamington, Whitnash and Bishops Tachbrook.

Land for the remaining 6,000 homes has not yet been identified, the council said.

James Mackay, chairman of the Warwick Society, a voluntary group working to preserve the county's heritage, said: "So many people are opposed to this, if the district council does not accept the residents' views then a legal challenge may be the only way to prevent harm being done by these proposals."

A public consultation finished last week. More than 200 people have objected to the proposals.

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