New development of 3,200 homes approved in Leicestershire

A major development in West Loughborough, which includes 3,200 new homes and two new primary schools, has been given the green light and work is expected to start very soon.

Home developers William Davis Ltd and Persimmon Homes (North Midlands) have been granted planning consent to build 3,200 homes on Garendon Park, between Loughborough and Shepshed.

Planning permission was initially granted two years ago, however legal issues with the developers and Charnwood Borough Council delayed the project and finally work is expected to start very shortly with the new homeowners moving in as early as 18 months.

The park has been earmarked for housing for more than 25 years and the plans were met by strong local opposition.

Guy Higgins, managing director of William Davis, said: “The first phase of the development will take place on land off the A6 in the village of Hathern.”

The massive development is expected to take more than 12 years to complete. It will include 39.5 acres of employment land, two new primary schools, shops, retail units and the restoration of Garendon Park. A new main road linking the A512 to A6 will also be created.

The development of the area will create new network of walking and cycling routes and bus services providing connections to facilities, services and open spaces.

The development will also reserve one hectare of it’s site for gypsies, travellers and travelling show-people.

A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes North Midlands said: “We are delighted that the planning permission decision notice has been issued by Charnwood Borough Council for the Garendon Park development in Loughborough.”

“It will provide much-needed new housing and infrastructure to the area and we are excited by the prospect of starting works on this flagship development of up to 3,200 new homes, and supporting infrastructure, in the near future.”

It added: “Situated within the idyllic Garendon Estate, we anticipate the first occupants will be moving in during the second half of 2019.”