Up to 65 homes – including 26 at affordable prices – could soon be built at a site near a Leicestershire village after a leading property consultancy secured outline planning permission.
The homes, located south of Gaddesby Lane near Rearsby, were given the green light by Charnwood Borough Council’s planning committee after Fisher German submitted the planning application on behalf of land promoters Clarendon Land & Development.
The 8.3-acre site, which is part of Charnwood Borough Council’s emerging Local Plan, will have an allocation of 40 per cent affordable homes built to help people get onto the property ladder – more than the council’s requirement.
The development will also feature common green space for residents to enjoy, including a village green, a natural play area, and a circular pedestrian and cycle route connecting them together.
Biodiversity net gain will be ensured through the planting of a 1.5-acre orchard and wildflower meadow to the south east of the site, which can be accessed via a cycle link to the main site and Gaddesby Lane.
Further benefits under Section 106 agreements include contributions to youth activities, sporting facilities, and allotments at Rearsby.
Fisher German’s development agency team will now look to sell the land to a housing developer so that the new homes can be built, subject to reserved matters being approved.
Victoria Heath, Planner at Fisher German, said: “We are delighted that these new homes will soon be coming to Rearsby.
“Fisher German has worked on this application for a number of years, with our experts advising the landowner on promoting the site for development in Charnwood’s emerging Local Plan, working with land promoters Clarendon Land & Development to prepare the site, and carrying out pre-application discussions to ensure a sensitive scheme was produced.
“Now that outline planning permission has been granted, we are looking forward to selling the site to developers to make these homes a reality.
“The development will bring much-needed houses to the area, and with 40 per cent being affordable, it means there is an excellent opportunity for those who cannot afford to buy at market rates to be able to settle down in the village.
“We look forward to the land being sold and reserved matters being agreed so work can begin on building the new houses.”
Ross Jackson – Land Director at Clarendon Land and Development, added: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone in the delivery of much-needed new homes to Leicestershire.
“In conjunction with the team at Fisher German, we have promoted the site through the emerging Local Plan as a proposed housing allocation, working with officers to demonstrate the deliverability and benefits of a scheme in this location – a good example of how the plan led system should and can work.
“We now look forward to sourcing a development partner to deliver this fantastic scheme.”