'1,000 houses built by stealth'
Plans to build hundreds of homes on the edge of Leicester look set to be approved this week.
Developers Scraptoft Developments LLP are seeking permission to put 416 homes on a 43-acre site off Keyham Lane, Hamilton.
The same firm already has the go-ahead for a 320-house development on an adjacent site that falls within neighbouring Charnwood.
Leicester City Council's planning committee is to discuss the 416-home application on Wednesday.
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The land is owned by the council. Planning officers have recommended the plan be approved.
However, campaigners from the Barkby And Barkby Thorpe Action Group (Babtag) have raised concerns about the traffic the new homes would create on nearby roads – particularly Hamilton Lane, between Scraptoft and Barkby Thorpe.
Babtag chairman Owen Bentley said: "With these 400 homes, the 320 next to it and 150 more that are being now built in the very last field in the city, along Barkby Thorpe Road, it means that by stealth nearly 1,000 houses will appear and nothing is being done to ease the traffic it will create.
"With this volume of housing, whatever the developers try to do it will have an impact on the road."
Leicester Civic Society has written to the council to express its concern that allowing the development would remove the remaining buffer between the city and the county.
They also say the extra homes would place a strain on existing facilities, such as schools, and could create a flood risk.
Planners have also received seven letters from residents, including those in Bryony Road.
They say the street will no longer be safe for children to play and is a residential route.
The Mercury was unable to contact anyone from Scraptoft Developments, but the firm's planning application says one in five of the homes will be lower cost properties.
It also says the project will help the city council meet its Government-set targets for providing land for building.
A city council planning spokesman said: "The development would offer housing on one of the city's strategic locations for housing.
"It would not result in any unacceptable impacts."