A derelict former cheese factory site in Harby, branded an eyesore and health and safety hazard by residents, could be transformed into a new housing development.
The old Millway Foods site in Colston Lane has been vacant since 1999. In 2012 a huge fire tore though empty buildings leaving twisted metal behind.
Now developers want to build 53 homes at the site, with a new access on Colston Lane.
But while some villagers would welcome the disappearance of the current eyesore, concerns have been raised about the impact the new development could have.
Objectors to the outline planning application include Clawson, Hose and Harby Parish Council. Its concerns include the scale and sustainability of the development and the impact an increase in numbers would have upon the village school and Long Clawson Medical Practice.
Its letter of objection, sent to Melton Council, says: “A development of up to 53 homes is far too large in relation to Harby’s size and would increase the number of properties by nearly 15 per cent.
“We believe it would create a separate community and would become isolated. It wouldn’t be in keeping with nearby properties and would destroy the open rural aspect this side of the village.
“This development could generate an extra 106 or more vehicles going through the village daily. There’s already often gridlock on School Lane at school run times. We’re also concerned the proposed sustainable drainage system wouldn’t be adequate and would be vulnerable to spillage leaking into the canal.”
First Provincial Properties said it had consulted the local community about its plans over a number of years.
Director Nigel Griffiths said: “The development will comprise of 53 two-storey dwellings, ranging from two to four bedroom layouts, of which 19 will be ‘affordable’ housing on a permanent basis.
“We believe it’s a sustainable development which will help support the local pub. post office/shop, primary school, village hall and local bus services, helping to maintain Harby as a ‘rural service centre’.”
The applicants also claim the development ‘shouldn’t generate any significant increase in traffic movements’.
Melton Council will decide the application in due course.