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2,750 homes approved in Lutterworth

Words: Laura Edgar
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Harborough District Council has granted planning permission for 2,750 new homes, community facilities and employment space to the east of Lutterworth and the M1.

The application was submitted by Leicestershire County Council.

The scheme will be delivered on a site identified in the Harborough Local Plan for housing, known as Lutterworth East Strategic Development Area (SDA).

Two new primary schools and 23 hectares of employment space to create 2,500 jobs will be delivered on the site, as well as 100 hectares of green space, road infrastructure improvements, a community hub, and foot and cycle paths that connect with Lutterworth town centre. Of the 2,750 homes, 40 per cent have been designated as affordable. 

Approximately 1,260 of the new homes are expected to be built by 2031.

Plans seek to ensure the protection of the Misterton Marshes, the River Swift and its tributaries, Thornborough Spinney, mature trees and hedgerows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI.

Phil King, leader of Harborough District Council, said: “This key development of the local plan will not only provide extensive open space, it will also provide homes to benefit local families and, with 40 per cent of homes being affordable, it will help those struggling to find a place to live. It will create jobs locally so people can work close to where they live, and it will deliver off-site improvements to sport and recreational facilities in the area. Importantly, traffic modelling shows that the new spine road will result in a significant reduction in traffic through Lutterworth town centre.”

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