Developer submits plans to build up to 520 new homes to south of Melton

Gladman Developments are proposing a new residential development of about 520 homes on land off Leicester Road, Melton EMN-150219-164024001

Gladman Developments are proposing a new residential development of about 520 homes on land off Leicester Road, Melton EMN-150219-164024001

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A developer has unveiled proposals to build up to 520 homes to the south of Melton.

Cheshire-based Gladman Developments Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to Melton Council to build the homes on three fields off the A607 Leicester Road, north of Kirby Lane.

Vehicular access points would potentially be provided off Leicester Road and Kirby Lane, with a central ‘main street’ through the development connecting both entrances.

A design and access statement accompanying its application said the development would provide a mix of homes, ranging from two to five-bedroomed units and from first-time homes to larger family homes.

A green public open space (4.91 hectares) would be provided to the north of the site, an equipped children’s play area in the north east of the site and a 2,000 sqft convenience store near to the Leicester Road entrance to the site.

Gladman held a public consultation on its plans in December. People raised a raft of issues, including traffic and highways safety concerns, though the developer added it was ‘pleased with the general level of response and the supportive comments expressed.’

A transport assessment report, commissioned by Gladman, states: “The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that development should only be prevented or refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impacts on development are severe. The traffic impact assessment shows the proposed development would have a minimal impact on the highway network and should not be considered as severe.”

The report adds: “The accident analysis shows that recorded accident data within the vicinity of the site does not indicate any existing highway safety pattern or problem. The traffic generated by the site would not have a detrimental impact on highway safety and there are no highways or transportation reasons upon which a refusal of the planning application would be justified.”

Melton Council will decide the planning application in due course.

l As previously reported in the Melton Times another developer, Davidsons Homes, has already unveiled separate proposals to build up to 1,100 homes to the south of Melton, including a parcel of land to the south of Kirby Lane labelled as ‘future development phase’.

Meanwhile Melton Council has now begun the latest stage in the preparation of a new Local Plan which will help shape future development in the borough up until 2036. The council is now working on its Preferred Options (Draft Local Plan) on the basis of seeking to deliver a target ofv 245 new homes per year. It’s anticipated the council’s draft plan will be considered and consulted upon later this year.

For more about the new Melton Local Plan visit the council’s website at www.melton.gov.uk