I have just been writing a detailed response to a public consultation about the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC). There are a whole host of issues related to the impact of the construction of this massive project: compulsory purchase of homes, removal of public footpaths and highways, re-routing of villages, damage to the environment, road closures, loss of animal, bird and insect habitats, stables and farmland.
Up and down the country thousands of new houses are being built, many in large new housing areas. From proposed Garden Villages of several thousand houses to small add-on estates of six properties in a farmyard, new housing is a hot topic of conversation in many local communities.
Captain Gordon Banks CA from the Diocese of Lichfield thinks that it is important for the local church to put in place a strategic plan as part of its thinking about and response to the opportunities new housing can have. He suggests the following framework for reflection…
Since 1926 the rural eastern edge of Rugby has been marked by the 1170-acre Rugby Radio Station. Although formally considered a ‘brown-field’ site due to its technological heritage and 57 radio transmitters, the site has retained a predominantly rural character.