33 new Leicester council homes could be built on ‘education centre’ site

The former Forest Lodge Education Centre, in New Parks, Leicester
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A plan to build 33 new homes on the site of a former Leicester “education centre” have been put forward. The demolition of the former Forest Lodge Education Centre, in Charnor Road, was approved in July last year.

The existing buildings on the site, in the New Parks area, were originally built as a nursery, but were used as a training and conference centre in its latter years. However, they have not been used since 2018.

Leicester City Council, which owns the land, has long earmarked it for housing. In 2021, it announced it had received funding to build on the site.

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The land was also included in the draft of the council’s upcoming local plan – a document which sets out where planning can and cannot take place in the city. The draft local plan is currently going through the approval process.

Now, a plan for building on the land has been put forward. The city council hopes to build 33 new homes there, three of which would be bungalows. These will be made up of three one-beds, 14 two-beds, 12 three-beds and four four-beds. All of the homes would be owned by the city council and would form part of their council housing stock, if the scheme is approved.

The current site access is shared with the neighbouring Forest Lodge Academy School. It is proposed to separate out this access and increase parking at the school in the process.

This would make the school site “more secure”, planning documents state. The entrance to the new homes would be from Knowles Road, the plans also show.

A public consultation on the scheme will run until Tuesday, July 30. Leicester City Council has set a target decision date of Friday, September 27.