Traffic and flooding fears over 31 homes plan for Glen Parva

Glen Parva residents fear a plan for 31 new homes in their village will lead to traffic and flooding problems. Farmland to the south of Little Glen Road in the village is being eyed up for the proposed development, plans submitted to Blaby District Council reveal.

Applicants Clarendon Land & Development II Limited and John Littlejohn Designer Homes Limited carried out a pre-application consultation with residents and received 18 responses. The majority raise concerns about the "inevitable" increase in traffic that would come with the new homes.

Residents feel local roads are already congested, in particular in Little Glen Road itself, the consultation showed. They are worried the proposed access arrangements, which would be via Little Glen Road if the application is approved, would only make the situation worse.

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The developers said they recognised these concerns in their application, adding there would "inevitably be an increase in traffic levels". However, they feel this increase can "easily be accommodated by the local highways network", with no requirement for further work to provide additional capacity.

They added there are "no highway safety issues currently identified or expected to occur as a consequence of the proposals". Leicestershire County Council as the local highways authority also weighed in, with officers saying they are happy the proposed development would not have "any major impact on transport with regards to capacity or congestion or on highway safety".

However, they added they did not feel the developers had "considered safe and suitable access to the site in enough detail", and said they could not provide final highway advice on the application without further information.

Residents also raised concerns over flood risks at the site. They said there had previously been heavy flooding in the area and documents showed the development would be in an area at risk of flooding.

The applicants said they had undertaken an initial flood risk assessment which showed that the southern end of the site was unsuitable for residential development. Consequently, the proposed development would be limited to the northern part of the site, which they said is low risk for flooding.

Some support was received for the plans, however. The application said: "One person supported the proposed development, emphasising the need for more affordable housing to get people off the streets. Additionally, this respondent thought the recreational area of the site would be good for young people, especially with cycle ways."

If approved, the 31 homes would be made up of three one-bedroom flats, three one-bedroom houses, 20 two-bedroom houses and five three-bedroom homes. They would be a combination of social and "affordable" housing, documents state. Some 62 car parking spaces would be provided.

Blaby District Council has launched its own consultation on the plan which runs until Wednesday, July 24. A decision on the plans is expected on Thursday, August 15.