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Campus development projects to 2022: Hybrid Planning Application submitted

We have now submitted our hybrid planning application to the local authority (Coventry City Council) following the consultation we carried out on campus and with the local community earlier this year.

The application includes requests for planning permission for nine projects on campus, including the new Faculty of Arts and Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research buildings as well as new student residences with up to 1,000 beds. The application also proposes to increase the maximum number of parking spaces on campus from 5,422 to 6,452, in line with Council parking standards to serve the net additional floor space. This will enable the construction of a new multi-storey car park at Gibbet Hill, relieving pressure on Warwick Medical School and the School of Life Sciences and helping to address car parking issues on local residential roads.

Pre application feedback and our response

Whilst public consultation held in May indicated strong support for the new capital projects, concerns were expressed about the traffic generated by additional parking and the potential impacts on local roads.

As part of the application, the University is proposing to upgrade its Travel Plan commitments in a new Section 106 Agreement (an agreement with the planning authority to moderate the impact of development), which will be drafted in the coming weeks. This will include a series of firm proposals, setting out the maximum level of car parking, measures to influence travel choices and behaviour change, as well as contributions to off-campus initiatives.

The proposals will encourage sustainable travel through improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities, shuttle bus services and the trialling of a bus service from Tile Hill station to campus, in addition to the current service to Canley station.

Outside the campus boundaries, the University will make contributions to support highway improvements that will also be of benefit to the wider community, including new pedestrian and cycle routes and facilities, traffic calming measures in the vicinity of Cannon Park Primary school on Cannon Hill Road, and measures to address on-street parking.

All the measures proposed are to be agreed with Coventry City Council and will be reported to Coventry’s Planning Committee in due course for decision.

What next?

The planning documents are now live on the Coventry City Council Planning Portal. There will be a 3 week public consultation period, ending on 17 August 2018. We will keep you updated during the process, and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Staff and students can email us at internalcomms at warwick dot ac dot uk
  • Students can email us at studentcomms at warwick
  • Members of the local community can email us at community at warwick dot ac dot uk

Read more about our hybrid planning application

Concept art of the Faculty of Art building

Faculty of Arts Building: artist's impression

Concept art of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building: artist's impression