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12/03/2019

Permission sought for more than 2,700 homes in Lutterworth

Words: Laura Edgar
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Leicestershire County Council has submitted a planning application for 2,750 homes near Lutterworth. Harborough District Council will determine the application.

The proposals concern 550-acres of land east of the town. The site has been identified in the Harborough Local Plan as a key area to accommodate new housing in the Lutterworth East Strategic Development Area (SDA).

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

The application also includes:

  • A community park, playing fields, allotments, woodland, hedgerows and new ecological habitats;
  • Foot and cycle paths connected to the town centre;
  • Nearly 57 acres of retail and business space, which would create an estimated 2,500 jobs;
  • Two new primary schools;
  • Improvements to main roads and junctions to increase capacity, a new M1 bridge and a new spine road to reduce town centre traffic; and
  • A community hub.

Byron Rhodes, deputy leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “Clearly, it’s important they’re located in the right place – and the plan could ease pressure for further development in other, less suitable parts of Harborough.

“Almost one thousand people attended an exhibition last autumn. Their feedback has helped to shape the final proposal and we remain committed to clear and ongoing engagement. The drop-in event is a great opportunity to find out more and talk to officers and I’d encourage residents to go along and have their say through the planning process.”

It is expected that the application will be considered this summer.

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