1,800 homes plan favoured at Airfield Farm
A MAJOR new report recommends Harborough District Council gives the go-ahead for up to 1,800 homes on land north-west of the town.
The Strategic Development Area Masterplan report says the council can meet the majority of its Government-set housing targets over the next 20 years by allowing large-scale development on the area.
It comes after a public consultation asked people to choose between four development options for the land, around the Airfield Farm site off the old A6 between Gartree, Lubenham and Foxton.
Option A was for 1,000 homes on the north of the site, Option B for 1,700 homes on land stretching from the old A6 to Lubenham Hill, Option C for 1,800 homes spanning a similar area, and Option D for 1,500 homes on the same site.
The area north west of Harnborough has already been identified as suitable for development in Harborough Council’s Core Strategy planning document and the purpose of the masterplan is to provide a more detailed plan of exactly where homes should be built.
The report, prepared for a meeting of Harborough Council’s leading Executive committee on Wednesday, favours a combination of options B,C and D.
It says this would provide for up to 1,800 homes on the site between now and 2031.
It recommends a ‘phased’ approach to building, with the first 1,000 homes built in the next ten years, with the remaining 500 to 800 built in the following ten years to 2031.
The controversial report has already attracted the ire of opposition Lib Dem councillors.
The masterplan has proved a contentious issue, drawing objections from a residents’ action group - MHRAID (Market Harborough Residents Against Inappropriate Development) as well as parish councils in the area.
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