Homes and flats plan for former leisure centre site
89 flats and 18 homes proposal for bulldozed site
A DEVELOPER is proposing 18 houses and 89 flats including a seven storey block for the former Hinckley Leisure Centre site.
Derbyshire based developer Green 4 Developments has applied to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council for permission to develop vacant land on Coventry Road. If the development goes ahead it will be called Hinckley Square.
The 89 flats will be a mix of one and two bedroomed homes. They will be in two blocks, one of seven storeys and the other of four storeys. The houses will be a mix of two, three and four bedroomed homes.
Six of the one bedroomed flats and five of the two bedroomed houses will be classed as social housing with rents below market levels. 11 of the two bedroomed houses will be classed as intermediate housing costing more than social housing but less than the market price. This is in line with the council target of 20 per cent affordable housing for developments of 15 homes or more.
There will be two parking spaces for each house plus parking in an undercroft car park for people living in the flats.
The plan includes paths for pedestrians and cyclists along with roads through the site. There will also be small parks, benches and a children’s play area.
Developers expect the smaller homes to be attractive to retired people, people buying their first home and people downsizing from larger homes. They say the overall development will help meet ambitious housing targets for the borough.
The 1970s former leisure cen- tre was demolished in summer 2016. It was replaced by a new leisure centre in Hinckley’s Argents Mead. The proposed development includes the former leisure centre site, a car park and a small formal garden. There are 31 trees on the site some of which will have to be cut down. Developers have pledged to plant replacements.
Last year Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council invited developers to submit proposals for a high quality scheme on the site.
People can make a comment on the application by visiting the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council website.
The site of the former Hinckley leisure centre on Coventry Road in Hinckley