The first phase of Garen­don Park

Plans in­clude round­about on A6 side of huge de­vel­op­ment

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - ANDY RUSH [email protected]­

CON­STRUC­TION work on agri­cul­tural land and the build­ing of a new A6 round­about, on the stretch of road be­tween Pear Tree Lane and the for­mer dual car­riage­way just be­fore Hath­ern, will her­ald the be­gin­ning of the plans for 3,200 homes on Garen­don Park.

A fresh plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, which in­cludes the plans for the dif­fer­ent phases for build­ing, road con­struc­tion and recre­ational routes such as pub­lic and cy­cle foot­paths and pub­lic trans­port strate­gies, have been sub­mit­ted to Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil.

And the first phase will be on the stretch of land off the A6 be­tween Dish­ley and Hath­ern.

The plans in­cludes the traf­fic round­about at the junc­tion of the A6 and the main road through the huge de­vel­op­ment, which will even­tu­ally link up with the A512, be­tween Snell’s Nook Lane and the M1’s Junc­tion 23, Shep­shed.

Wil­liam Davis Ltd and Per­sim­mon Homes (North Mid­lands) orig­i­nally sub­mit­ted plans back in Septem­ber 2014 for a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment of up to 3,200 dwellings on land to the west of Lough­bor­ough.

The plans in­clude 16 hectares of em­ploy­ment land, a mixed-use com­mu­nity hub of up to four hectares which would fea­ture a 2,000 sq m food store, and up to 1,000 sq m of other re­tail, fi­nan­cial and pro­fes­sional ser­vices, and food and drink use.

Sites are also set aside for gyp­sies, trav­ellers and trav­el­ling show­peo­ple to­talling one hectare.

The restora­tion of Garen­don Park and its as­sets are also in­cluded in the plans.

There are also plans for two new pri­mary schools, strate­gic open space in­clud­ing al­lot­ments, ac­cess roads and the strate­gic link road.

The lat­est plans show that the first phase (1A) of 202 homes are to be built on cur­rent agri­cul­tural land, skirt­ing the edge of Pear Tree Lane and the new road.

Con­struc­tion work on the first phase is due to be­gin later this year, as is work on an­other pocket of 128 houses (1B), fur­ther to the west, the other side of the new link road and skirt­ing Hath­ern Drive, which is set to be­come a foot­path/cy­cle­way.

A spokesman from Per­sim­mon Homes North Mid­lands, told The

Echo: “Per­sim­mon Homes is com­pletely fo­cused and com­mit­ted to the de­liv­ery of much-needed fam­ily hous­ing in Lough­bor­ough.

“We aim to sub­mit a de­tailed re­served mat­ters plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for our first phase of de­vel­op­ment dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2019.

“We hope to start con­struc­tion in the se­cond half of 2019, with the first ac­cess into the de­vel­op­ment be­ing a new round­about on the A6.

“Per­sim­mon Homes is cur­rently pro­gress­ing the dis­charge of some plan­ning con­di­tions, which re­late to the out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for the wider de­vel­op­ment.”

• See next week’s Echo for more de­tails on all the planned phases, in­clud­ing hous­ing and the routes to be open to the pub­lic through the park and site.

The first phase of Garen­don Park to the right, next to the A6 and new link road

The new A6 round­about will be on the stretch of road be­tween Pear Tree Lane and the for­mer dual car­riage­way just be­fore Hath­ern.

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