Plans to build 50 homes in village
PLANS to build 50 new homes in Woodhouse Eaves have been sent to Charnwood Borough Council.
However borough councillor for the area, Coun David Snartt, says the application will increase traffic issues and there is no specific need for a development of that size.
The outline planning application has been submitted by J K land Ltd and is for homes on land to the west of Maplewell Road.
A design and access statement, included with the application by Vista Architecture and Urban Design limited states that the site is a parcel of land, lying between Nos. 126 and 128 Maplewell Road and Nos. 116-178.
It is part of two larger fields and is outside the development limits of Woodhouse Eaves and in open countryside. It is also outside the village conservation area.
The statement says the proposal is a: “Logical southerly extension to the existing settlement.”
It also adds later that it can be: “Seen as a key to ensuring local need housing can be provided for young families and those wishing to remain in their home village.”
The application also says that the homes will be a mix of types including affordable homes which would be: “Pepper-potted around the site and will retain the good design and material standards of the remainder of the development.”
The statement adds that the homes will have a traditional appearance, influenced predomi- nantly by Georgian or Victorian/ Edwardian styles.
Coun David Snartt has called for the application to be heard by the plans committee saying the proposal is: “Outside the limits to development.” He adds that in line with the borough’s local plan designations the proposal: “Is not a small scale development.
“In my view, this will increase the need to travel by car. Services are near or over the guidelines for sustainable development, derived from national guidance.
“There are recognised traffic issues along Maplewell Road. This is a busy road with parked cars and there are no dedicated cycle routes close to the site. In my view, there is no specific local social or economic need for this size of development in Woodhouse Eaves.”