Concerns raised over Kibworth homes plan

Residents in Kibworth have raised concerns over plans for a new 128-home estate in their village
Residents in Kibworth have raised concerns over plans for a new 128-home estate in their village

Residents in Kibworth have raised concerns over plans for a new 128-home estate in their village.

Chief among their worries are access and highways issues at the proposed site, off Wentworth Close in the village.

Developer Barratt Homes held a public exhibition about its proposals at Kibworth Grammar School Hall last month.

A number of residents were disappointed at the timing because it clashed with the end of the school term, so many parents were involved with end-of-term activities or packing to go off on holiday.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There are concerns about the effect on traffic of this proposed development of 128 dwellings.

“Unlike Kibworth Pastures (David Wilson Homes) or the recent Manor Oak development (which was refused planning permission) this one cannot exit directly onto the A6, so traffic will have to go through the existing estate roads on to New Road and then onto the A6.

“At peak time it already takes up to ten minutes to get onto the A6 at this junction.”

Barratt Homes North Midlands planning director Robert Galij said: “We explained our initial planning proposal to deliver up to 128 quality new homes in Kibworth on land off Wentworth Close at a recent public consultation event, which was attended by approximately 150 residents.

“We will, of course, consider all the issues raised, including traffic, through the planning process.”

The Kibworth Neighbourhood Planning Group is now going through the process of consultation to devise a Neighbourhood Plan, which will have a big say over future developments in the village.

Stephen Butt, the clerk of Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council, said: “We need to wait until the full and detailed planning application has been received by Harborough Council and is open for consultation.

“Then we can, and will, respond in detail.”