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North Warwickshire Borough
Planning Summary: northwarks.gov.uk/localplan
The NWBC Local Plan contains policies up to 2033 and was adopted in October 2021
North Warwickshire is a rural Borough with over 50 settlements, covering 110 square miles. The rural nature of the Borough is very important. This is created by the number of rivers, Kingsbury Water Park and the canal system, as well as the number of other natural features and the predominantly mixed agricultural and woodland uses operating throughout the Borough. The Borough has an open rural character which is unique compared to many of the surrounding urban areas.
Settlements range in size from Atherstone, and Mancetter, with a population of 10,000 to small hamlets. Atherstone with Mancetter, Coleshill and Polesworth with Dordon are the three market towns and are important to the health of the surrounding rural economy, as they provide many services and facilities to the outlying hinterland.
The Borough lies between Birmingham, Solihull, Tamworth, Coventry, Nuneaton and Hinckley, all of which are growing areas. Growth is expected to take place in the Borough in the plan period to assist with the need to provide housing for the Coventry & Warwickshire and the Greater Birmingham areas.
The Borough therefore has pressure for growth from all around. This is not only in terms of land being sought in this Borough but in terms of the environmental implications of such growth. For example, traffic passing through the Borough especially along the A5.
The economy of the Borough, since the closure of the coal mines, has seen an increase in employment land, particularly logistics, but a decrease in manufacturing. Large brownfield sites, such as Hams Hall, Birch Coppice, and Kingsbury Link, have been used for development, mainly B8 (storage and distribution uses) the former two sites also benefit from intermodal rail freight interchanges. The Borough is the location for many national and international companies including Aldi, TNT, 3M, BMW, Sainsbury and Subaru. The borough benefits from a high jobs density and high in-commutiing from neighbouring areas.
Major roads of national and regional significance pass through the Borough (M6, M6 Toll, A5, M42, and A446) and they form part of the Strategic Road Network. The A5 and A446, although part of this network, are not dual carriageway along their entire length and their capacity will be an on-going concern as major developments are taking place along its route. Such developments include the MIRA Technology Park and sustainable urban extensions in Hinckley & Bosworth and Birmingham; DIRFT in Daventry and Rugby; growth in Nuneaton & Bedworth; HS2 interchange station; UK Central; growth in Birmingham as well as growth in Coventry and Warwickshire .