The Asps is located to the south of Warwick and Leamington, in Warwick District. The site, which comprises 142 acres, was secured by Barwood Land in 2013.
Landscape, highways and the potential impact on important heritage assets, including the adjacent Grade I registered Warwick Castle Park were important considerations when promoting this site. As such, approximately 12% of the site is reserved to protect the approach to Warwick along Banbury Road and respect the setting of Castle Park and the application included a 500-space park & ride facility.
A planning application was submitted in 2014 for a residential led development of up to 900 homes, primary school, local centre and a 500 space park and ride. The application was refused and the appeal was ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State, who allowed the appeal and granted planning permission in January 2016.
In order to maximise the returns for the landowner, Barwood Land took forward a programme of detailed design and planning work including a full pack of s278 working drawings for the new highways access and various off-site highway improvements, a Design Code, Phasing Plan and two Reserved Matters planning applications including an initial sub-phase comprising 65 dwellings.
Following engagement and negotiations with Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council Barwood Land was able to refine some of the delivery triggers and transferred the ownership and operation of the Park and Ride site to WDC and WCC respectively.
The site was marketed by the land owner’s agent, Howkins & Harrison, and conditionally purchased by Taylor Wimpey in 2020. The sale has subsequently gone unconditional and the site is now being delivered jointly by Taylor Wimpey and Bloor Homes.