The future of Newbold Comyn
How the council will make the decision
The Newbold Comyn survey has now closed. Thank you for taking the time to complete it, your views are important to us and we received an incredible response.
As stated in the supporting information, this is just the first step for the future of Newbold Comyn. Your responses will help us develop a shortlist of potential future uses that we aim to present to Councillors in January 2019. At this point Councillors will take a decision on which of these uses they would like to progress, set against the results from the survey. These will form the basis of a full feasibility study undertaken by independent consultants in early 2019. As part of this we will undertake a further round of community engagement.
We hope that a final decision will be made in the summer of 2019. We appreciate that this may seem like it will take a long time. However, there is only one Newbold Comyn and it is important that all the relevant evidence is gathered to inform the final decision. It is also important to note that there will be local elections in May 2019. This will restrict the ability of the Council to undertake any public events for around 6 weeks due to political sensitivities.
In the meantime the Council is committed to maintaining Newbold Comyn.
We will provide an update on this page following the Executive meeting at the end of October.
A brief History of Newbold Comyn
Did you know?
- The history of Newbold Comyn can be traced back to the Domesday Book.
- Despite its name, and perhaps contrary to local understanding, it has never been a ‘common’.
- Comyn is a variation on the name of a Norman family who owned the land from 1160 until 1200.
- It was owned by the Willes family for around 400 years.
- Land was sold over the years to provide housing for the growth of Leamington and in 1943 Newbold Comyn farm transferred to the Council for £28,300.
- The Newbold Comyn Arms is the only remaining farmhouse from a number that were on the land.
- Many of the current uses were planned by the Leamington Corporation during the 1970s.
If you would like to know more about the local history please visit: www.leamingtonhistory.co.uk
About the Green Belt
Newbold Comyn is in the ‘green belt’. Green belt is an area of land protected by normal planning rules and against ‘inappropriate development’. It aims to stop urban sprawl, the merging of settlements, preserve the character of historic towns and encourage development to take place within existing built up areas. Development is not allowed except in very special circumstances. New buildings are considered inappropriate except in some cases. These exceptions include the provision of appropriate facilities for outdoor sport, outdoor recreation and cemeteries, as long as it preserves the openness of the green belt.
Other forms of development could be allowed. However, under present policy development is significantly restricted including the potential for housing.
Green belt is a national policy, supported by local policy. If you would like to know more about green belt and national policy please refer to the National Planning Policy Framework, paragraphs 79 – 92.
For more information about green belt and local planning policy, please refer to Warwick District Local Plan, DS4 Spatial Strategy and Policy DS18.
If you would like to know about the local plan please visit the Local Plan page.
Newbold Comyn study area
Newbold Comyn is a large area: 120 hectares. That's almost as big as 120 international rugby pitches! It includes a number of facilities and uses including the golf course, Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Newbold Comyn Arms Public House, football pitches and the Leam Valley Nature Reserve. Newbold Comyn is frequented by a range of different users, and includes a popular Parkrun every Saturday at 9am.
While the closure of the golf course has triggered this study, we are aware that there are advantages to considering the whole of Newbold Comyn so that we can maximise opportunities and integrate any new activities.
It is important to note that there will not be significant changes to existing facilities.
The map below shows the current facilities that are available at Newbold Comyn.
- Campion Hills BMX track
- Golf course
- Football pitches
- Leam Valley Nature Reserve
- Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre
- Newbold Comyn Arms