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New town with thousands of homes planned next to East Midlands Airport

A brand new town containing thousands of homes could be built next to East Midlands Airport.

People are being asked whether they would support the creation of a new settlement to the south west of the airport.

Leicestershire Live reports that North West Leicestershire District Council has suggested in its Local Plan that a huge 316-acre swathe of land could be used for up to 4,740 houses.

The area of land would be big enough to accommodate more than 150 football pitches.

This would dwarf the neighbouring village of Isley Walton, and make the new town potentially home to more people than currently live in Castle Donington, Ibstock, Measham or Kegworth.

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Part of the development would also be used for employment, likely formed of a mix of shops and eateries, offices, storage or distribution centres and community meeting and leisure facilities.

The plans also suggest a primary school would be included in the development.

According to council documents, the owner of the land ‘has indicated support for the development of the site’.

Any development would be required to go through the planning process first, and if approved would be expected to take 11 to 20 years before it is fully complete.

A comprehensive ecological survey would also be expected to be carried out, including surveys on badger, water vole and great crested newt populations.

Local Plans set out a strategy for providing the homes, jobs and infrastructure needed in the district, must be reviewed every five years. The current plan runs until 2031.

Other sites being considered for development to help the council meet its own housing targets and the unmet housing need from Leicester city include land in Belton, Shepshed in Charnwood, as well as Coalville, Ashby, Castle Donington, Whitwick, Ibstock, Appleby Magna and Ravenstone.

The council has estimated, in the worst case, it will need to build up to 13,870 homes by 2031 to keep up with housing need. It is currently projected to fall short of that by 5,086 homes.

The site of the proposed new town next to East Midlands Airport
The site of the proposed new town next to East Midlands Airport

Councillor Keith Merrie MBE, Portfolio Holder for Planning at the council, said: “The Local Plan guides how the council supports the district to grow in a sustainable manner that is suitable for the people who live and work here.

“To grow in the best way, we need the right infrastructure, the right employment opportunities and the right number of homes available, and it’s important that local people have a say in how these things take shape.”

Residents are also being asked to give their opinions on how the council can ensure that new developments contribute towards making the district zero carbon and towards improving the health and wellbeing of residents?

The local plan consultation will run until Monday, February 28.

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