In November 2005, the University of Warwick announced its vision for the future development of its campus. Following extensive public consultation during 2006 and further review of the University’s overall strategy during 2007, the University’s Masterplan was submitted for planning approval to the local authorities of Coventry and Warwick and Outline planning permission was granted by both Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council in October 2009. Find out more
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Outline planning permission has been granted by both Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council in October 2009 for the University of Warwick’s 10 year Masterplan.
The planning application was submitted to the authorities in June 2007 after a two year pre-application process, which involved a campus development steering group being established in 2005 with participation from the local authorities, the regional development agency AWM, the Regional Assembly and Government Office West Midlands. This included a transport sub-group which developed the Travel Plan now attached to the planning permission - and both groups continue to meet as a means of monitoring the implementation of the Masterplan.
Three stages of public consultation were held: one on campus with staff and students; one involving a ‘roadshow’ presentation to local stakeholder groups, local councils and the developer forums of both planning authorities; and a final series of public exhibitions in the nearby residential areas of south-west Coventry and Kenilworth.
The outline planning application comprised a Masterplan, Parameters Plan, Environmental Statement and Justification for Expansion, drawing on the University’s Vision to become one of the Top 50 universities in the world by 2015.
The application was considered by both Planning Committees in early 2008 and the Secretary of State chose not to intervene in September 2008, thereby avoiding a call-in inquiry. Further negotiations on the Section 106 Agreement were then reported to Coventry’s Planning Committee in December 2008. The Section 106 Agreement was concluded in October 2009, enabling planning permission to be granted. This will run for 10 years until October 2019.
The Masterplan proposals consist of 171,000 sq m of additional development (a 40% increase on the existing university estate) but only a 9% increase in parking. The Travel Plan has already been implemented with changes to campus car parking arrangements, car sharing schemes for staff and students and new bus services. Planning obligations include a series of highway improvements to accommodate the anticipated 12% increase in traffic over the next 10 years, as well as improvements to cycle and pedestrian networks and the future accommodation of a high quality bus rapid transit system through Coventry to the University. The Section 106 Agreement includes financial penalties of up to £500,000 if traffic growth limits are exceeded, which could be spent on park and ride, further bus services or highway improvements.