Plans drawn up for 4,500 homes and industrial estate
County council and landowners preparing 1,000 acre scheme
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.