Planners recommend that the first zone of a huge new housing estate in Harborough should go ahead

But the decision will rest with councillors at next week's meeting

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:14 pm

The first zone of a huge new housing estate in Market Harborough is poised to be rubberstamped after being backed by council planning officers.

The Davidsons Homes project to build an initial 164 homes, including 56 ‘affordable’ properties, on land by Coleridge Way off Kettering Road is being recommended for approval.

The controversial plan will now finally go before Harborough council’s planning committee at 6.30pm next Tuesday (June 1) after being delayed earlier this month.

The new Overstone Park estate

The contentious scheme was originally to have been debated by district councillors on Tuesday May 11.

But the meeting had to be postponed after the High Court ruled that “local authority meetings must be open to the public in a physical sense”.

The Davidsons Homes blueprint will form just the first part of a giant 88-acre initiative to put up 600 homes at Clack Hill at the top of Kettering Road by the busy A6.

The new Overstone Park development will include a primary school, medical centre and community centre.

The new Overstone Park estate

Councillors will also vet plans for the historic former Angel Hotel on Market Harborough’s High Street to become a new permanent base for Brook House College.

The Covid-safe planning meeting will go ahead in the council chamber at the local authority’s Symington Building on Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough.

There will be a limited number of places for the public.

So you must apply for a seat in advance if you would like to go along.

The meeting will also be streamed online if you would prefer to tune in from your home.

To request a seat email [email protected]