A developer has reignited the spectre of mass house building on the Whitwick Green Wedge after writing to local residents to tell them of their intention to apply for planning permission for a new housing estate.
Jelson Homes have contacted residents off Hall Lane, Tiverton Avenue and surrounding roads to tell them of their plans to build 240 homes on fields which local campaigners have been fighting for years to protect.
Local residents are acutely concerned that approval of the development will set a dangerous precedent for further house building across the Green Wedge and will simply lead to the vital separation between Whitwick and Coalville being eventually closed up by stealth.
Jelson's documentation states that their proposals will 'keep the vast majority of the... Green Wedge free from development and whilst maintaining a significant degree of separation between Coalville and Whitwick.' The same document shows additional fields being part of the parcel of land subject to proposals with sufficient highway space left to build more homes.
County Councillor for Whitwick Leon Spence said 'The fight for the green wedge was hard won by councillors, residents and most of all the Whitwick Action Group.
'We always knew these developers would be back and would have a different approach. These 240 homes are just that. Be in no doubt, given the opportunity, developers will seek to build across the Green Wedge.
'Major developers want to take the Green Wedge by stealth. Everyone who played a part last time worked far too hard to let them be successful now. The difference is this time we are battle hardened and ready to fight tooth and nail to protect our precious open space.'
Further information about Jelson's proposals can be found by clicking here.