Housing & Employment Growth

Coventry & Warwickshire has identified the need to build at least 75,000 new homes and bring forward 714 hectares of employment land by 2030 to meet our growth aspirations. This continued strong growth requires a strong, resilient transport network which improves connectivity across (and beyond) the Coventry & Warwickshire area and improves the access to, and viability of, important development sites. It also requires a comprehensive superfast broadband infrastructure, in order to meet the needs of knowledge-intensive businesses.

Housing & Employment Growth

Coventry & Warwickshire has identified the need to build at least 75,000 new homes and bring forward 714 hectares of employment land by 2030 to meet our growth aspirations. This continued strong growth requires a strong, resilient transport network which improves connectivity across (and beyond) the Coventry & Warwickshire area and improves the access to, and viability of, important development sites. It also requires a comprehensive superfast broadband infrastructure, in order to meet the needs of knowledge-intensive businesses.

Our Ambitions to enable Housing & Employment Growth

We are therefore requesting investment towards a programme of other major infrastructure enhancements, including;

  • Expansion of the superfast broadband network across Coventry & Warwickshire to cover areas that do not currently have access to this network, which acts as a key factor deterring investment. Funding is being requested to deliver new superfast broadband infrastructure, which will connect 3,000 premises to superfast broadband.
  • A package of infrastructure works to unlock the western expansion of the Friargate site, adjacent to Coventry Railway Station to support a new 100,000m2 mixed use development as part of the Frairgate business district. The works will entail highway improvements to roads around the Frairgate site to enable the construction of new office, retail and residential units and support the Coventry Station Masterplan.
  • A452 Europa Way Corridor Enhancements (Leamington Spa/Warwick), this will entail highway and sustainable transport improvements between M40 and Princes Drive in Leamington Spa, including;
    • Dualling of the route from M40 J14 to Shires Retail roundabout
    • Upgrade of key junctions along the route
    • A ‘sustainable spine’ along the northern extent of the corridor, with Park and Ride provision to serve Warwick and Leamington town centres and key employment sites to the south of the towns. This will include cycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • A426 Avon Mill/Hunters Lane Improvements (Rugby), improvements to two important junctions in Rugby on the A426, which will support growth by reducing congestion and improving access to an advanced manufacturing cluster which contains some key businesses, as well as potential sites for new housing.
  • Rugby Parkway Station, the Project would provide a rail station on the outskirts of Rugby, which would be located on the “Northampton Loop” of the West Coast Mainline. The Project seeks to support significant planned housing, employment and retail growth in the eastern area of the town and is one of a number of projects which seek to support the wider growth coming to Rugby over the next 15 years.
  • Development of City Centre South site in Coventry, the next major improvement to Coventry city centre. This will entail a large scale redevelopment if the city’s ageing retail core, originally developed in the 1960’s. This ambitious development will create a new 52,000m2 retail and leisure quarter on the south side of the city centre in close proximity to Coventry Railway Station and the Friargate site. Proposals include a new department store, multiplex cinema, seven large retail units, 30 smaller units, nine family restaurants, public space and car parking. This new and improved environment will increase footfall to the city centre and significantly broaden the catchment shopper population, resulting in an estimated increase in comparison goods spend of £42m.

"The support our city and wider region has received from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership has enabled us to make real and transformational changes in the city. Improvements to our public realm we led to new investment in our city centre. We have also transformed the area around our railway station, the fastest growing station outside London, creating new commercial spaces and supporting the creation of a new office quarter. I believe the LEP is fundamental to the future success of Coventry and together we can continue to drive and grow our local economy"

Cllr George Duggins
Leader of Coventry City Council