Ahead of the Planning Applications Committee meeting taking place today, Cllr's Jas Singh, Peter Gilbert, Kyle Evans and Damon Brown regret the decision of the Warwickshire Highways Department not to object to the planning application to demolish the Cross Keys Pub in order to erect a new Co-Op supermarket.
Last year, the Co-Op submitted a new planning application to demolish the Cross Keys Pub in Bedworth Heath to build a new supermarket on the corner of Heath Road and Goodyer’s End Lane. At the time, Cllr Kyle Evans (Slough ward) called in the application in order for it to be heard by Councillors on the Planning Applications Committee. The Cross Keys Pub is a much-used community pub in Bedworth Heath, and we believe building a Co-Op supermarket in Bedworth Heath will undermine existing local businesses like Sedgies Newsagents and the One-Stop on Heath Road.
Everyone living within the vicinity of the Cross Keys Pub will know just how bad traffic gets in the area, particularly during the school pick up time. The application submitted provides just 14 regular parking spaces, with the car park receiving just one entry and exit point which leads out onto Bowling Green Lane.
Considering the proximity of Goodyers End Primary School to the Cross Keys Pub, and due to the current high volume of traffic on Bowling Green Lane during peak hours, we believe that Warwickshire Highways has not fulfilled its statutory responsibilities in not objecting to this planning application. Indeed, we wish to go further and state in the public domain that we believe an accident will happen on Bowling Green Lane if Warwickshire Highways do not submit an objection to NBBC.
Cllr Peter Gilbert said “As the representative for the area, I know just how bad traffic gets on Bowling Green Lane during the school rush hour. I have continually lobbied Warwickshire Highways behind the scenes to request that they object to this planning application, highlighting my concern that there will probably be an accident on this road if the application is approved. I am disappointed by the decision of Warwickshire Highways not to object”.