Housebuilder submits plans for 500 homes

A typical William Davis development
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Housebuilder William Davis Homes has submitted proposals for up to 500 homes in Leicestershire.

The plans involve land at Anstey, most of which has already been allocated for development in the Charnwood Local Plan. The plans include public parkland, a community hub and land earmarked for a new primary school.

Development Director at William Davis Homes, David Dodge, said the proposed development is one of several the company is planning to progress in the Charnwood area over the next few months. The borough needs to build nearly 18,000 homes before 2037.

“We have been proud to be part of Charnwood’s development landscape since 1935,” said Dodge. “Whilst we develop our award-winning schemes throughout the Midlands, the majority of our 400 employees, our apprentices and for that matter our supply chain is based in Charnwood.

“Therefore, it’s only natural for us to continue to invest in creating local jobs, to buy materials locally and to meet the housing demand of the communities within the borough.”

The plans feature a wide variety of house types, including 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom properties, with an allocation of affordable homes. There would be two access points to the proposed development via Bradgate Road.

Two planning applications have been submitted to the borough council. One is a detailed application for land at Manor Farm and Rectory Field, totalling 150 homes. An outline application for land at High Leys dovetails with the first one, providing an additional 350 homes and a site for a new primary school and playing fields.

William Davis Homes has held a public consultation and considered a range of issues while developing the proposals for the site. The landscape has been assessed, including views from Bradgate Park.

As a result, the proposed housing will be located on the least visible areas of the site. The plans also include large areas of accessible open space and woodland planting, which reflect the local landscape and will soften and screen the development.

Sustainable drainage systems have been incorporated within the design to ensure the development does not increase the risk of flooding on or off the site. An independent Transport Assessment found there will be no significant adverse impact from traffic generated by the development on the local road network.

William Davis Homes has already submitted proposals for 58 new homes in Hathern and has proposals on the drawing board for further schemes in Loughborough, Quorn, Barrow upon Soar, Shepshed and a further site in Anstey. All of these sites build on recent planning successes at Burton on the Wolds, Thorpebury and Garendon.

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