Deal for Bar­well SUE is fi­nally agreed

Com­plex le­gal ne­go­ti­a­tions had de­layed 2,500 homes

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL deal to de­liver 2,500 new homes on farm­land in Bar­well has fi­nally been signed off.

Com­plex le­gal ne­go­ti­a­tions over com­mu­nity and in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments as part of the Bar­well SUE (Sus­tain­able Ur­ban Ex­ten­sion) have con­cluded.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion is ex­pected to be given to the multi-mil­lion pound project next month.

The green light comes af­ter the con­sor­tium of de­vel­op­ers sub­mit­ted their lat­est draft doc­u­ment out­lin­ing what en­hance­ments and fa­cil­i­ties will de de­liv­ered to both the ex­ist­ing vil­lage as well as the new es­tate.

The Sec­tion 106 agree­ment de­ter­mines how much cash the con­sor­tium will pro­vide to­wards, among other things, health, ed­u­ca­tion and leisure.

It now means prac­ti­cal progress can fi­nally be made on the SUE - a vi­sion of ur­ban ex­pan­sion first mooted a decade ago.

De­spite be­ing deeply un­pop­u­lar with vil­lagers, the SUE was ap­proved in March 2015, sub­ject to the sat­is­fac­tory com­ple­tion of the Sec­tion 106 deal.

The scheme will bring 2,500 new homes and 6.2 hectares of em­ploy­ment land to the north and west of Bar­well.

There will also be sports pitches, a pavil­ion build­ing and chang­ing rooms, ar­eas of for­mal and in­for­mal open space, chil­dren’s play ar­eas, land­scap­ing, al­lot­ments and pub­lic realm works, pedes­trian and cy­clists con­nec­tions and a com­mu­nity hub com­pris­ing a pri­mary school and a health cen­tre, or al­ter­na­tively a fam­ily pub and re­tail and com­mer­cial units.

Since the scheme was given the goa­head of­fi­cers at Hinck­ley and Bos- worth Bor­ough Coun­cil have worked with de­vel­op­ers, Tay­lor Wim­pey, Ain­scough Strate­gic Land and Bar­wood De­vel­op­ment Se­cu­ri­ties to fi­nalise the deal.

The long im­passe of the Bar­well SUE has ham­pered progress on the Earl Shilton SUE, which hasn’t even reached the out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion stage de­spite years of dis­cus­sion stretch­ing back as far as 2009.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil it is agree­ment on the Sec­tion 106 terms which are prov­ing to be a per­sis­tent stum­bling bock.

Farm­land with Bar­well vis­i­ble in the dis­tance

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