More homes announced for Leicestershire town where 1,500 properties already set to be approved

A sloping field is pictured, with houses in the distance and a gate and trees and greenery in the foreground.
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Dozens of homes have been earmarked for land over the road from where 190 homes will be built, in a Leicestershire town where a further 1,500 houses are expected to be given the green light tomorrow (Tuesday). Manor Oak Homes hopes to build the properties on land east of Leicester Road, in Earl Shilton, and has submitted an application for the scheme to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

The land, at the north edge of the town, is currently used for grazing, and also has on it a number of stables and storage buildings. Access to the proposed homes would be via a currently unnamed road off Leicester Road.

The developer has stated that seven affordable homes would be included in the development. Two separate applications, for 140 and 50 homes respectively, have previously been given the go ahead on land at Hill Top Farm, across the road from the site in question.

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More detailed proposals for the scheme, including the size and types of houses, as well as landscaping and the number of parking spaces, will be provided at a later stage if initial approval is given by the council, but the planning application states "accessible areas of public open space and play space are key to the scheme, providing areas for relaxation and recreation".

The site is 210m from the Grade II-star listed Church of St Simon and St Jude, with the council’s conservation officer telling Manor Oak Homes prior to the application being submitted that "a high-quality, landscape-led approach to the design of the development" would be necessary to protect views of the building. The council officer added that the church was "a prominent feature in the landscape due to its ridge-top position, and it is highly visible from numerous points in the wider landscape to the north of Earl Shilton".

Planning documents read: “The recently approved application on land to the west forms a new settlement edge to Earl Shilton. Development on the proposed site will continue this new edge and create a considered arrangement of dwellings that respects the topography and wider landscape.”

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday), the council’s plans committee will make a decision on two planning applications for land in the south of the town that will provide a total of 1,500 homes if approved. The application documents for the 33 homes can be viewed on the council's online planning portal, and comments and objections can be made until Friday, June 14.

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