Plans to create up to 2,750 new homes, community facilities and business space near Lutterworth are set to be discussed by planners later this month. The 550-acre development on land east of the town – including nearly 250 acres of green space, two new primary schools, a community hub and a network of foot and cycle paths connecting to the town centre – would also generate 2,500 jobs. Leicestershire County Council’s proposal is due to be discussed by Harborough District Council’s planning committee on 21 April.
Councillor Byron Rhodes, cabinet member for property said: New homes are in demand. And our focus is on creating quality, affordable and sustainable houses that will help people get on or move up the property ladder. Sustainable design, community and life-long living are at the heart of our plans. And from first-time buyers and families to people looking for retirement living, the development would offer a broad range of high-quality houses, including around 1,100 affordable homes. It also incorporates a wide-range of green features designed to maximise renewable energy and support low-carbon living, underlining our commitment to tackling climate change.
The proposed scheme features:
Over 50 per cent green space – including Swift Valley Community Park, playing fields, allotments, woodland, trees and hedgerows and new ecological habitats
Foot and cycle paths – connecting with Lutterworth town centre, boosting walking and cycling
Nearly 60 acres of retail and business space - creating 2,500 jobs
Two new primary schools - and funding for extra secondary school places
Roads and transport - improvements to main roads and M1 to boost capacity, a new M1 bridge, a new spine road to reduce town centre traffic plus new bus routes
A community hub – that could accommodate shops, restaurants, cafes, health centre and community hall
Ultra-fast broadband at each property