Leicestershire's first garden village will 'save residents money' say developers

View of the Broadnook Garden Village in Leicestershire
-Credit: (Image: S17 Photography)


Leicestershire’s first garden village has been 115 years in the making, according to developers. Construction on site, including its own Hollywood sign, is now underway, with the plan set to save future residents money.

Known as Broadnook, the garden village is reportedly a “fresh era” in community development and will see 1,950 homes sit on land between Birstall and Rothley. Work on the Davidsons Homes and Cora Homes scheme kick-started earlier this year and will also feature employment land, village centre, allotments and supermarket, but the Broadnook idea has been more than a century in the making.

Dr Stefan Kruczkowski, who works with Davidsons Homes’ Urban Design Team, said Rothley was a major inspiration. He said: “Back in 1909 there were ideas for Rothley Garden Suburb. The idea goes back to the turn of the last century, and it was all about mixing the best of the town with the best of the country. We all love little picturesque villages, but sometimes they don’t have those day-to-day facilities that we all want.”

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A map of the completed Broadnook garden village development
The completed garden village will boast 1,950 homes as well as many amenties and much green space -Credit:Supplied

Garden villages date back to 1898 when Ebenezer Howard put forward the idea to blend the town and countryside together. Rothley had aimed to be one of the first to adopt the idea, but the Garden Suburb project, located on what is now the village’s Swithland Lane and The Ridgeway, never materialised.

Dr Kruczkowski said Broadnook would now bring that vision to life, with the major plan also set to feature a primary school, retirement village, GP surgery and sports facilities. The central area will also be car-free in a bid to help the environment and bring the future community together, while much of the scheme will be surrounded in nature.

Dr Kruczkowski said: “What makes Broadnook Garden Village unique to Leicestershire and Charnwood is that it takes cues from its surroundings. A massive 50 per cent of Broadnook will be dedicated to green and open spaces. That means great new parks, integration of existing woodland, like Broadnook Spinney alongside untouched areas left to nature, so you will be living in fantastic, beautiful surroundings.”

Charnwood and key Leicester areas are also the inspiration for the look of Broadnook, with Leicester city centre’s New Walk also seen as a key inspiration for the central area. It’s part of efforts developers say will make Broadnook “distinctly Leicestershire”, but central to the development will be its health benefits and money-saving potential.

Dr Kruczkowski said: “There will be plenty of opportunities to stay healthy and active for children and adults alike. We’re creating safe walking, cycling and scooter routes. This means parents can walk or cycle their children to the local school.

“Residents can jump on their bike and cycle along the car-free Central Walk boulevard, enjoy a coffee in Broadnook Court, before nipping into Broadnook Stores for a pint of milk and a loaf of bread. The more residents choose to walk and cycle the better, they’ll breathe even cleaner air and save money. It’s going to be a great place to call home.”

Construction work on Broadnook is continuing. The first residents are expected to move in this autumn.

View of Broadnook Garden Village development
The first residents are expected later this year -Credit:S17 Photography

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