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Plans submitted for new Coventry homes

Plans have been officially submitted for new homes and community facilities on the outskirts of Coventry.Lioncourt Homes plans to construct 800 new houses and apartments on a 104-acre site between Tamworth Road, Sandpits Lane and Bennetts Road South, north of Coventry.A new local centre, primary school, community facilities and green areas will be created if the plans are approved.Infrastructure in the area will also be improved, with enhanced facilities for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.Andy Faizey, of Lioncourt Homes, said: "We have been involved in this site for quite a few years and have always believed a well-planned, carefully-designed community would be a considerable asset to the area and to the city."The new homes would integrate well into the local area and we have ensured that there would be a wide range from large detached properties with bigger plots through to houses for first-time buyers."President Kennedy School has expressed a desire to manage the new primary school, which would be run as a free school.According to the developers, 25 per cent of the properties earmarked for construction would be affordable homes.As the Coventry Telegraph reports, the plans to build on greenbelt land have attracted strong criticism from local residents, including a petition which attracted 1,600 signatures and a protest march attended by over 100 people.The city council recently relaxed planning restrictions in the area, paving the way for the construction of thousands of new homes on greenbelt land.According to the council, this is necessary because up to 24,000 new homes could be required in the region by 2031 - a significant increase on the previous estimate of 11,000.Labour council leader Ann Lucas said brownfield sites that could have been used for new residential developments a few years ago are now occupied by businesses. Sites which were designated as greenbelt land would therefore have to be opened up to ensure Coventry has enough homes.Mr Faizey said some of Lioncourt Homes' plans had been altered after consulting with local residents, in order to accommodate their wishes. 

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