Decision today on plan for 113 new homes off Saffron Lane, Leicester

By Elliot Leadbetter

A development of more than 100 new homes off Saffron Lane in Leicester will be discussed by the Planning and Development Control Committee today.

The proposed application is for the development of 113 houses on the former St. Mary’s allotment site and will be discussed at 5.30pm today.

The applicant for the development is Westleigh Partnerships Ltd and they hope to develop a large number of predominantly small houses, consisting of 2 x 1 bed, 59 x 2 bed, 45 x 3 bed, 7 x 4 bed and 12 x 1 bed flats with associated infrastructure including access, drainage and pedestrian link to Aylestone Road.

Councillor Bill Shelton, who represents the Saffron Ward, said: “There’s obviously an absolute shortage of housing across the country.

“On a more local level this site has been derelict for several years and ideally the public would like it to be turnt back into allotments but this is something that’s just not going to happen in this economic climate.

“Housing in this area is definitely needed.”

A report to tonight’s planning committee says: “Proposed development would provide much needed residential accommodation in the city in a sustainable location.

“A developer contribution of £344,778.18 will be secured by legal agreement to mitigate this demand.

“£85,000 has been requested towards off site sports provision.

“The requested contribution would be spent on the reconfiguration of the grass infield of the Saffron Lane Athletics Track to allow another field sport to base itself on the centre bowl infield.

“It is considered that the design, layout and appearance of the proposed development are acceptable and the development complies with the NPPF and Local Development Framework.”

Seven objections have been presented to the council raising concerns regarding a loss of green space, ecology issues, highway issues and drainage.

Objectors state that there are limited amounts of green space nearby and the two main roads that run either side of the site are already congested, so the development will only increase traffic where the roads are already busy.

Objectors have also stressed concerns over further anti-social behaviour and illegal drugs, which they say are already a problem in this area.

Leicester City Council upholds their position that the planned development would provide much needed residential accommodation in the city in a sustainable location and the plan is recommended for approval.


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