Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Barwell Sustainable Urban Extension

Published Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Residents to have their say on plans for major investment in Barwell. Issued on behalf of Lexington Communications.

A consortium of leading developers and house builders has today launched its public consultation on proposals for a new Sustainable Urban Extension in Barwell and is inviting local people to an exhibition to find out more about the plans.

Ainscough Strategic Land, Barwood Development Securities and Taylor Wimpey are bringing forward plans for a new Sustainable Urban Extension on land which Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has allocated for development to the west of Barwell.

The proposals will deliver up to 2,500 new homes, offering a mix of housing types and sizes, including a proportion of affordable housing to cater for local needs, such as first time buyers struggling to get their foot on the housing ladder. The development will provide natural green spaces, as well as areas for enjoying sport and recreation activities, such as children’s play areas, new playing fields and allotment gardens. Extensive landscaping will be provided throughout the development, with the retention of onsite trees and hedgerows, where possible. 

At the heart of the development, a community hub will act as a focus for the new community within Barwell and will include a site for a new primary school and other local community services. The plans will also create a range of employment opportunities for local people, with jobs created during construction of the development and by the new employment premises, such as small-scale offices, workspace units or start-up units, which will be provided onsite. The Sustainable Urban Extension will also deliver major benefits for the existing community, such as new facilities and local improvements to Barwell Town Centre.

Ahead of submitting an outline planning application to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, the consortium wants to hear the views of local people regarding its proposals and has arranged a public exhibition to allow the local community to find out more about the plans and offer their thoughts, comments and ideas. Members of the development team will also be on hand to listen and answer any questions about the scheme. Feedback forms will be available at the exhibition for members of the public to complete and all comments will help inform the development of the plans.

John Brooks from Ainscough Strategic Land, on behalf of the consortium, said:

“We have worked extremely hard to produce a scheme that will deliver new and improved facilities for the people of Barwell and provide a much-needed boost for years to come. Our scheme will provide a significant financial contribution to the local economy and deliver major benefits, both for existing and future residents of Barwell. But, we want to know what local people think about our plans. We are committed to consulting with the community on our proposals and hope that those who are interested in finding out more will come along to our exhibition to let us know their views. We want to work with the local community to develop our plans for Barwell and look forward to engaging with local residents to hear what they have to say.”

The public exhibition will be held at The George Ward Centre on Church Lane in Barwell on Friday, 13th January from 10am – 6pm and on Saturday, 14th January from 10am – 4pm. Further information can also be obtained by calling 0161 835 1333.

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