Leicestershire golf course could be concreted over for up to 800 new homes

An aerial photograph of Carlton Park and Enderby Golf Course
An aerial photograph of Carlton Park and Enderby Golf Course -Credit:Jefferson Air Photography

A Leicestershire golf course is being eyed up as the potential site for up to 800 homes. Enderby Golf Course and part of the adjacent Carlton Park site are the proposed location for a new community stretching along the edges of Enderby and Narborough, Blaby District Council said.

If the plan comes to fruition, the development would be called Hayes Gardens. It would also include public open space, play areas, community facilities and parkland, according to the local authority. Improvements to local roads are also on the cards, with the council saying the changes could improve connectivity in the area and ease existing congestion.

The golf course is jointly owned by the council and Santander, and is currently still open to the public for the sport. However, a website set up to promote the scheme says it is one of five such golf courses in the district, with others “a short drive” away, which has led to the council considering it for other uses.

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Carlton Park is owned solely by Santander which has described the land being considered under the scheme as “surplus”. Office buildings one to five on the site, which are occupied by Santander, Watches of Switzerland and Honeywell, would remain operational under the proposals, according to a spokesperson. Other neighbouring buildings, such as the David Lloyd gym, Busy Bees nursery, data centres and ambulance depot are not included within the plan’s boundaries and would not be impacted, they added.

The scheme is in its "early stages". The council is currently drawing together a new local plan – a planning document which sets out where future developments can take place in the district – and is proposing to add to it the land in question. The authority said the development would help it meet housing needs locally, as well as nationally prescribed targets. Blaby District Council must build 687 homes a year up to 2036.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal in the coming weeks. Local drop in events are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday 22 May, 2-7pm at Enderby Civic Centre

  • Tuesday 4 June, 2-7pm at Blaby District Council’s Council Chamber

  • Saturday 15 June, 10am-3pm at Enderby Leisure Centre

Councillor Terry Richardson, leader of Blaby District Council, said: “Working with Santander, we see Hayes Gardens as a model sustainable community. In addition to providing much-needed housing, this development will look to provide more publicly accessible green space and biodiversity. Improved pedestrian, cycling and vehicle access routes could also help ease the long-standing congestion issues in Enderby, particularly around Mill Lane.

“This work is in its early stages. The suitability of the land for housing will need to be confirmed in our new Local Plan process. We are committed to there being extensive public engagement and giving local people every opportunity to express their views.”

Nick Roberts, head of property at Santander UK, said: “We have been working closely with [property agents] Colliers to consider options for surplus land at our Carlton Park site. Since 2021, we have consolidated our office space into one of five office buildings on the Campus, letting three of the buildings to tenants, with one remaining building being marketed to let.

“We want to play our part in supporting the local plan, enabling more housing and contributing to the wider local community in which we operate.”

If the proposal is included in the local plan and that plan is approved by the Government's Planning Inspectorate, a planning application for the scheme would need to be submitted to and approved by the council before any work could begin. The ocal plan is expected to be approved by the Inspectorate in late 2025 and would then be adopted by the council in March 2026.