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Planning summary: Rugby Local Plan
The new Borough Plan runs to 2031 and was adopted in 2019. This plans for over 12,000 dwellings and over 200ha of employment land within the Borough. Most of the new growth is located around the main settlement of Rugby most notable at the Houlton New Settlement on the south east of the town and a new Strategic Growth Area to the South West of the town.
The Borough of Rugby covers an area of 138 square miles and is on the eastern edge of the West Midlands Region, bordering directly on to the counties of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. The largest centre of population is the market town of Rugby with two thirds of the Borough’s residents living in the town. The villages in the Borough range in size from 20 to 3,000 people. Rugby is unique in that it is the only place in the world that gives its name to an international sport.
The Borough has grown rapidly over the last 30 years. The rise in population was largely due to people migrating into the area and more single parent families, but also as a result of increased birth rate and people living longer. The projected population increase between 2010 and 2035 is expected to be 30%, which would bring the population to in excess of 130,000. The number of households has risen faster than the population, which is partly due to over a quarter (28.1%) of Rugby’s households being occupied by a single person.