Homes plan for college site
Dozens of homes are set to be built on the site of a former college and playing fields.
Jelson Ltd wants to build 87 two-storey houses and a doctors' surgery on the former South Leicestershire College building and fields in Wigston.
The site has been disused since college moved to South Wigston in 2010.
Officers at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have recommended councillors approve the plans at a meeting due to be held today.
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The medical centre would replace four GP surgeries in Wigston – in Station Road, Bushloe End, Long Street and Leicester Road – and would include a pharmacy, consulting room and a minor surgery area, as well as an 89-space car park.
Twenty-two people have signed a petition against the proposed homes, off Holmden Avenue.
A report presented to the council's planning committee said opponents were worried about traffic problems, and objected to an "overbearing and unsightly" 15ft-high wall which would be built at the bottom of some gardens in Holmden Avenue.
Terrence Warner's garden will back on to one of the new houses.
The 79-year-old said: "I am not very keen on this idea. It has always been nice and quiet here.
"However, since the college closed, you never get people using the fields.
"It's a pity – there used to be football matches and sports on them all the time before the college closed."
Neighbour Michael Rayner said residents had worked with the developer to make sure the plans were as good as they could be.
"It was always going to happen at the end of the day," said the 55-year-old driver.
"Where they built the new college was going to be houses, so when they knocked down the old one, it was always going to be homes here.
"The residents' committee told the developer what we thought and they have put that into the plans.
"There won't be a through road to create a rat-run and we told them what we thought about the heights and positions of the buildings.
"It's going to happen, so I just hope now that there isn't too much disruption while they do it."
According to the council's planning report, Sport England objected to the plans due to the "deficiency in the provision of playing fields in the area".
But in their report the officers said a previously agreed payment of about £660,000 from the developer could be used to provide replacement sports facilities elsewhere.
The council report also said the homes would not affect residents.
"Given the distances between these new properties and the existing dwellings, it is considered the new properties will not result in any significant residential amenity issues – either in terms of daylight, sunlight or privacy," the authors said.
The Mercury was unable to contact Jelson Ltd or the project's agent, GVA, for a comment.