Plans drawn up for 4,500 homes and in­dus­trial es­tate

County coun­cil and landown­ers pre­par­ing 1,000 acre scheme

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THOU­SANDS of homes and a huge in­dus­trial com­plex could trans­form a large swathe of land near two vil­lages.

Coun­cil bosses and landown­ers are draw­ing up plans for a de­vel­op­ment of up to 1,000 acres near Junc­tion 2 of the M69.

The pro­posal will be dis­cussed by Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net later this week.

Pa­pers set out a “strate­gic de­vel­op­ment area” near the mo­tor­way which could in­clude 4,500 homes and 2.8 mil­lion sq. ft of of­fice, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial premises.

It would po­ten­tially in­clude three pri­mary schools, a sec­ondary school, a vil­lage cen­tre and a road net­work.

The area ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment lies to the west of Stoney Stan­ton and Sap­cote.

County Hall owns farms in the area and is an­tic­i­pat­ing sell­ing them for de­vel­op­ment.

It would be close to the pro­posed Hinck­ley Na­tional Rail Freight In­ter­change – a 440-acre com­plex be­tween the M69 and the Le­ices­ter to Hinck­ley rail­way line.

Mag­gie Wright, Con­ser­va­tive county coun­cil­lor for Stoney Stan­ton and Croft, said: “This will cause some concern be­cause it is close to the rail freight pro­posal but it is still an emerg­ing plan and we have yet to see the full de­tails. It’s the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect of two such big de­vel­op­ments.

“There will be some sharp in­takes of breath. The good news is that, unlike the rail hub, this is a lo­cal thing and we will be able to have some say on it.

“Sap­cote and Stoney Stan­ton par­tic­u­larly have taken a lot of de­vel­op­ment and the fa­cil­i­ties haven’t re­ally fol­lowed. The in­fra­struc­ture is re­ally poor.”

Blaby District Coun­cil is re­view­ing its lo­cal plan to de­ter­mine where fu­ture de­vel­op­ment will go.

It said the new de­vel­op­ment was likely to be writ­ten into its long-term plan­ning.

Both coun­cils said the com­mu­nity would help Le­ices­ter­shire meet its Govern­ment-set pro­jec­tion that land for 180,000 homes will be needed by 2050 to meet the de­mands of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

A county coun­cil spokes­woman said: “Our main aim is to play a role in the de­vel­op­ment of homes in Le­ices­ter­shire – and par­tic­u­larly in en­sur­ing they’re in the right place, are qual­ity prop­er­ties built with cli­mate change and life-long liv­ing in mind and have the right roads, trans­port, schools, so­cial care and other com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.”

The county coun­cil has not said how much it would make through the sale of its land.

County Hall’s cab­i­net will discuss the scheme on Friday.

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