250-home estate planned
A Developer has lodged plans for a 250-home estate between two villages.
The scheme, on 81 acres of farmland that divides Rothley and Mountsorrel, would include a £5.5 million primary school.
Building firm William Davis has submitted a planning application for the site, off Mountsorrel Lane.
The Loughborough firm has called the development Brookside.
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Campaigners hope it will be rejected by Charnwood Borough Council.
A spokeswoman for the Charnwood branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England said: "This is yet another developer seeking to concrete over a part of the Soar Valley.
"If this is allowed, it will swallow up that area which defines the division between Rothley and Mountsorrel and soon we will be left with a continuous urban sprawl all along the Soar valley.
"We will oppose this, as many residents in the two villages do."
The firm said the estate would help the council meet its Government-set target of land for house building.
It said there would be benefits from having a new school with spaces for up a 525 pupils.
This could replace Rothley's existing school, which has 331 places.
Villagers have argued the homes would generate large amounts of traffic on their roads.
William Davis said it would provide a £1.8 million link road between Mountsorrel Lane and Loughborough Road which, it said, would not only ease existing congestion in the village but provide better access to the nearby A6.
The company also said it would convert an existing property in Mountsorrel Lane into a medical building and create a community orchard.
Planning officers at the borough council are considering the scheme.