Homes and flats plan for for­mer leisure cen­tre site

89 flats and 18 homes pro­posal for bull­dozed site

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - LUCY LYNCH hinck­ley­[email protected]­

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

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