Thursday, August 11, 2022

Plans in for 120-home scheme in Leicestershire

Housebuilder William Davis Homes is working with planners to help meet the demand for new housing in part of Leicestershire, submitting proposals for more than 120 homes.

The plans involve a site off Snells Nook Lane in Nanpantan, which has already been allocated for development in the Charnwood Local Plan.

The area was previously earmarked for development as part of the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, but is allocated for housing under the new, draft local plan.

Before the application was submitted, a consultation exercise involving the wider community and stakeholders was conducted. Further consultation will now be carried out by Charnwood Borough Council, following the submission of the proposals.

In addition to 128 new homes, the proposals will create publicly-accessible open space equivalent to almost 4.5 football pitches and a new children’s play area.

Along with improved footpaths along the former Charnwood Forest canal, these measures will help to address the identified shortfall of open space in Nanpantan – a key concern raised in the public consultation.

William Davis Homes is working with Charnwood Borough Council to provide the right types of houses to meet demand. The plans include both first-time buyer and larger family homes.

In line with local authority policy, almost a third of the proposed new homes will be made available to local people for rent, sold under an equity share scheme or made available for sale at a permanent 30% discount, under the Government’s First Homes initiative.

In drawing up the proposals, William Davis Homes has commissioned extensive traffic modelling, which has shown there would not be a severe impact on the surrounding highway network.

The site’s access point, along with highways and footpath improvements, are aimed at encouraging sustainable transport options.

A comprehensive landscape scheme will support sustainability. The plans will maintain ecologically valuable habitats, including the Ancient Woodland adjacent to the site, as well as delivering a biodiversity net gain.

In addition, the new homes will include electric car charging points and solar panels as standard and deliver a carbon reduction compared with current new build properties.

William Davis Homes has also pledged to work with the local council to ensure that any impact on health and education services is mitigated. Where necessary, there would be financial contributions to help maintain and improve local infrastructure.

As a Charnwood-based business, William Davis Homes is already a major local employer with an established local supply chain.

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