Plans to build 50 homes in vil­lage

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­

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.”

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