More homes proposed for district

Library image of house building.
Library image of house building.

A house-builder is asking for views over its plans to build up to 70 new houses in the village of Great Bowden.

Redrow Homes, which is building the 141-home Rockingham View estate off Glebe Road in Little Bowden, has sent letters and a questionnaire to 500 residents in Great Bowden explaining its intentions for a site off Station Road and Berry Close in the village.

Fears were raised about a possible new development in July after engineers were spotted at the site.

And now Redrow has made its intentions quite clear.

“We are now close to submitting an outline planning application for circa 70 dwellings and are seeking comment from the community before we finalise the proposals,” says a letter from Redrow’s agents Barton Willmore.

The questionnaire asks for views on three topics, none of which give people the option to say they oppose new homes.

Great Bowden district councillor Phil Knowles said: “I am deeply concerned.

“Perhaps the best way forward is for residents to write back simply saying ’we do not believe this site to be suitable for development’ and to decline to respond to the individual questions listed.”

It will be the third time since 1987 that a developer has attempted to secure planning permission on the land.

It comes at a time when applications for new houses have been springing up across the Harborough area.

In June residents in neighbouring Little Bowden heard about new plans for their village. Campaign group Protect Little Bowden has been formed to combat plans for 60 properties at Dunmore Road.

An application for 270 more houses is imminent for Farndon Fields in Market Harborough to extend David Wilson Homes’ estate.

Mulberry Developments wants to build nine houses on land to the rear of Broadgate in Great Easton.

And two separate applications totalling 171 homes are being considering for land off Wistow Road in Kibworth.