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Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough
Planning Summary: nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/boroughplan
The Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan was submitted for examination in June 2017 and was adopted in June 2019. This plan provides over 14,000 dwellings and 107ha of employment land allocation within the borough.
Nuneaton and Bedworth is one of five Boroughs/ Districts within Warwickshire. It is the smallest in size, at 7,895 hectares, but has the second largest population as well as being the most densely populated area of the county. Largely urban in character, the Borough has two market towns - Nuneaton and Bedworth as well as the large village of Bulkington to the east of Bedworth. Several smaller settlements are located in the south of the Borough between Bedworth and Coventry. Nuneaton and Bedworth is easily accessible from the M6 which gives access to the M1, M5, M42 and the M69. The A5 runs along the northern boundary of the Borough and the A444 is an important spine road, connecting the M6 to the A5. Birmingham International Airport and East Midlands Airport are also within easy reach.
Nuneaton is also well connected by the rail network. The West Coast Main Line provides links to Birmingham and London, while the Birmingham to Leicester line links Nuneaton and Hinckley. A branch line links Nuneaton to Coventry via Bedworth. As part of the NUCKLE North-South rail project, facilities at Bedworth station have been improved and a new station has been created at Bermuda.
Historically, industries in the Borough included coal mining, other extractive industries and heavy engineering. The Borough still has a high proportion of employees working in manufacturing compared to the UK average. The Borough is home to a number of global and national company headquarters .
Most employment is concentrated on a number of industrial estates. The main sites are at Attleborough Fields, Bayton Road, Bermuda and Prologis Park, but smaller estates are located across the Borough. Nuneaton town centre is the main retail and commercial centre serving the whole Borough. Bedworth town centre has a number of local services, independent shops and branches of high street stores, in addition to the Civic Hall. Other key community facilities include the George Eliot Hospital and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.
There are over 500 hectares of accessible green space in the Borough. Notable parks in the Borough include Riversley Park and Miners Welfare Park. A number of smaller Community and Local Parks also serve the open space needs of local communities. The Borough contains the only European designated site (Special Area of Conservation) in Warwickshire as well as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There are also locally designated wildlife sites and areas of ancient woodland. Local Nature Reserves (LNR) and Historic legacies of the coal mining industry are present within the Borough, as well as the Coventry and Ashby de-la-Zouch Canals.