Plans for two more town estates

Meeting called at Dunmore Road in Little Bowden on friday evening raising concerns about possible 60 houses building application.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Meeting called at Dunmore Road in Little Bowden on friday evening raising concerns about possible 60 houses building application.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Plans for two more major housing schemes for Market Harborough, bringing a total of 330 more houses to the town, have been submitted to the district council.

These are in addition to the 1,500 homes already approved on three sites north-west of the town.

Residents at the meeting on Dunmore Road in Little Bowden.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Residents at the meeting on Dunmore Road in Little Bowden.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The first plan is to build 60 houses on greenfield land at the end of Dunmore Road, off Scotland Road in Little Bowden.

Local residents have already held a protest meeting to object to the scheme.

The second plan is for another 270 houses on land off Farndon Road, Market Harborough.

This would effectively be a large extension to the new housing estates, which are currently about 80% built, to the south of the town.

About 50 people attended a protest meeting last Thursday night about the Little Bowden plan.

A group called ‘Protect Little Bowden’ was formed to fight the planning application.

Local resident Grainne Purkiss said: “This is a green field under crop which will be concreted over.”

Elaine Foote said access to existing Dunmore Road homes was already difficult, and 60 more houses using the same access road would be even worse.

And Karen Rawlings said: “We recognise the need for new dwellings in the area but building 60 new homes on prime agricultural land is not the answer.”

Harborough district councillor Derek Evans, who represents Little Bowden, added: “Personally I don’t think it’s a good idea because we already have traffic issues in the area, including on Scotland Road.”

And county councillor Dr Sarah Hill said: “It’s hardly an ideal access road.

“But we’ve just had 1,500 homes approved in the town; do we really need this now?

“I don’t think it’s the right time, not with everything else going on in the town.”

The 270-house plan for land off Farndon Road to the south of Market Harborough is proposed as “Phase II of an ongoing scheme by CJC development Co Ltd and The Pilkington Trust”.

The residential development would be a maximum of 270 homes, of which up to 30% would be designated as affordable housing.

The site is currently open agricultural land, used for arable crops and for the siti ng of polytunnels. It also includes an old bridleway.

The southern portion of the site contains a large, man- made irrigation lagoon which would have to be drained.

A northern strip of land, next to the River Welland, would be retained as green space.

Access to the site would be through the existing Farndon Road developments.