Plans for 30 more homes at Grange Park

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH devel­op­ers Wil­liam Davis have sub­mit­ted plans for 30 more houses on the Grange Park es­tate.

But the move has been met with op­po­si­tion com­ments from es­tate res­i­dents.

The site is on land off High­land Drive and Knox Road and is par­tially used as a stor­age com­pound for build­ing on the es­tate.

Homes will be sur­rounded by hous­ing to the south, east and west and the new pro­posed com­mu­nity cen­tre, which has just been given plan­ning per­mis­sion, to the north.

The pro­posal is for a mix­ture of two, three and four bed­room prop­er­ties, 30 per cent of which would be af­ford­able.

How­ever res­i­dents have al­ready reg­is­tered protests.

One said: “This de­vel­op­ment badly lacks com­mu­nity ameni­ties. We were promised a shop, place of wor­ship, health cen­tre, chil­dren’s play ar­eas etc. when we bought our house in 2006 - in­stead, Wil­liam Davis have built houses on just about every inch of land.

“We have lived on a build­ing site for 12 years now, and are sick of the con­tin­ual noise and dirt, not to men­tion the ad­di­tional traf­fic gen­er­ated by ever more houses. This ap­pli­ca­tion must not be al­lowed to go ahead

An­other added: “We have been promised play­grounds for 10 years on the Grange Park es­tate by Wil­liam Davis with­out it be­ing en­forced.

“Please can this new ap­pli­ca­tion be on con­di­tion of play­grounds be­ing built with a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“Cur­rently chil­dren are hav­ing to walk to an­other play­ground on a nearby es­tate on a busy road and one small play­ground is be­ing over run by every­one us­ing it from Grange Park too.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money build- ing 30 homes - please can you make sure Grange Park doesn’t get even more fam­i­lies move in with­out the play­grounds that Wil­liam Davis have promised for so long!”

A third added: “The ac­cess road to the new de­vel­op­ment would be in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous when cars are parked either side of High­land Drive. This road is used as a rat run to Val­ley Road/ Park Road/ Belvoir Drive, and when the school run, or at op­ti­mum traf­fic times would be dan­ger­ous.

The ex­tra traf­fic that the de­vel­op­ment would cause would im­pact on High­land Drive con­sid­er­ably.

“Also the junction would be dan­ger­ous with traf­fic get­ting onto High­land Drive due to vis­i­bil­ity of parked cars on High­land Drive, both sides of road.

“On pur­chas­ing this prop­erty I was ad­vised that there would be either hous­ing or a com­mu­nity cen­tre and not both. This im­pacts on green space and the en­vi­ron­ment in the area.”

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