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The application follows a public consultation on the proposals at Thringstone Community Centre, which was held on Thursday 27th February.
Whilst the application specifies the building of 85 homes it does not state the mix of privately owned and affordable housing options or how many bedrooms each property will have.
The applicants state that having listened to local resident concerns following their public consultation event that 'the exact amount of affordable housing the development will provide will be determined in negotiation with the Local Planning Authority based on evidenced local need.'
Perhaps the most contentious aspect of the application with local residents is the potential detrimental effect on local roads, particularly where the site is proposed to access on to Loughborough Road and any domino effect on access to the nearby A512.
The applicants have contracted civil engineers Armstrong Stokes & Clayton Limited to conduct a transport assessment. Their 130 page report shows that at peak times the development would generate 53 traffic movements per hour (or 461 over a 24 hour period). They conclude 'The development will not have a detrimental impact on the operation of the local highway network in the vicinity of the site...'
County Councillor for Thringstone, Leon Spence, said 'It's vitally important that any application ensures that road safety and capacity isn't adversely effected. I will be asking the County Council, as highways authority, to provide substantial assurance that our roads can cope with the extra traffic generated.
Cllr Spence continued 'Local people are understandably going to be concerned about any large development such as this, for example they will have worries about the knockon effects to local schools and services. I would strongly urge any concerned residents to contact me and I will be happy to represent them.'