Fresh plans have recently been revealed to build more than 100 homes in East Leake, just months after a large-scale 170-home development for the same site was rejected.
Developers went back to the drawing board to come up with a new proposal of 101 new homes to be built on the 21.5-acre site just off of Field End Close in East Leake.
These new plans follow our recent article which stated the general opinion of residents that they do not want any more builds in East Leake, especially without the important infrastructure to support it.
The planning documents for the Field Close site state, “The proposal aims to strike a balance between the provision of housing with suitable access, sufficient parking, amenity space, landscaping and the preservation of the existing key features such as the existing ridgeline.
“Overall, it can be seen that this proposal will offer a high-quality development, contributing to a mix of housing stock, including affordable housing within the vicinity, in a manner that would compliment and enhance the character and setting of the local area.”
The outline planning permission application has been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council ahead of more detailed plans being put forward. More than 160 comments have been left so far in response to this new application on the council website.
One resident commented, “This
application needs to be rejected once and for all. The distance from the
village amenities will inevitably mean more cars polluting the village and
clogging up the school access roads, which are already dangerously busy.
Far from being “walkable” as claimed in the application, there isn’t even a continuous pavement. This, combined with the street parking along that stretch of West Leake road makes walking very risky especially with young children and buggies. Besides that, it is simply too far for families to walk with the nearest primary school being over 2km away and not even a bus stop nearby. The infrastructure is already unable to cope, with it being nigh on impossible to get a doctor’s appointment and primary schools heavily oversubscribed. This application must be rejected on the above grounds and the other reasons so well articulated by fellow concerned residents who have already objected.”
Another resident commented, “I object in the strongest terms to any further housing developments in East Leake where the infrastructure is already at breaking point and the amount of traffic makes travelling in this ” village” dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike.”
Another comment from an East Leake resident stated
“East Leake is losing its village feeling. The more houses that keep popping up,
it may as well be East Leake Town.
Unlike a town we don’t get the support or the services.”
Rushcliffe Borough Councillor Kevin Shaw, Independent councillor for the Leake ward, said the village needed a new primary school and health centre. “Over the last five years, East Leake has has 1,300 houses,” he said, adding: “East Leake cannot cope anymore.”
The latest plans were still awaiting a decision when this paper went to print.