The first phase of Garendon Park
Plans include roundabout on A6 side of huge development
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.