Two sites to be transformed in Market Harborough

Planning permission is to be approved for the transformation of two sites in the Welland Quarter, St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough.

The scheme, from Hazelton Homes, proposes the development of “Millstone Place”, which will comprise of 73 residential units, in the form of 10 three bed townhouses, 19 two bed apartments and 17 one bed apartments. The second site would feature a seven storey building with 28 flats – 8 one bed studios, 14 two bed and 6 three bed. Also, as part of the development, the Old Flour Mill will be converted into an office building.

A council document reads: “The benefits of the scheme, including the provision of 72 dwellings, the restoration of a listed building and brownfield site, are considered to outweigh any identified harm to heritage assets, including the setting of the Listed flour Mill, Station building and adjacent Conservation Area, and the proposal is therefore considered sustainable development in the context of the Framework.

“The development by virtue of its scale, design, form and massing, would safeguard the living conditions of residents, would not adversely affect local highway safety or give rise to a road safety hazard. It would respond appropriately to the site’s characteristics, as well as enhancing a dis-used brownfield site. In addition, the proposal would not adversely affect ecological or archaeological interests or lead to an unacceptable flood risk.

“The development would have economic benefits in the short term arising from the construction of the development and the longer term through residents’ expenditure inlocal services. The completed development will also result in New Home Bonus and Council Tax receipt.

“The site will also result in a new business use on site, with associated economic benefits. The site has been identified in the Councils register of brownfield sites and the principle of this type of high density development has previously been approved on site.”