RESIDENTS have reacted with disbelief at plans for a 100 bedroom student accommodation complex on green belt land between Leamington and Kenilworth.
An outline proposal has been submitted to Warwick District Council for the development on land at Chesford Bridge House next to the roundabout where the busy Kenilworth Road meets Bericote Lane.
Michael Jeff from the Warwickshire Branch of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) said:”The site sits in the narrow green belt between Leamington and Kenilworth and we believe it must be protected for generations to come.
“There are no exceptional circumstances in this application to justify building student accommodation on this site.”
The application includes five “eco chalets” incorporating flats with 100 bedrooms with ensuites, together with a 70 space car park with access from Bericote Lane.
It is also on the bus route linking Leamington to the University of Warwick and Coventry city centre.
But residents in nearby Blackdown, Ashow and Hill Wootton are far from happy with the plans.
One said: “This is a wholly inappropriate proposal which would spoil one of the last remaining pieces of attractive open countryside in the Leamington and Kenilworth areas.
“Local roads are quite unsuited to any significant increase in traffic, and the countryside is not the right place for large numbers of students to make their home, when every day to day requirement – whether commuting to university, shopping, working or socialsing – would involve a journey, almost certainly to Leamington or Coventry.”