New homes yes, countryside no
We all know that the country has a housing crisis.
There is a disgraceful rise in homelessness in consequence.
Yet, at the last count, there were 930,000 empty properties across the country.
There are also thousands of brownfield sites which could be developed for social and private housing.
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Of course, it is affordable social housing which we desperately need, especially for young families, seniors and single people.
A sizeable and sustained injection of Government funding is needed now.
This would be a positive move for both the economy in general and the construction industry.
So, I am all for building, converting and refurbishing as many properties as possible.
What I am against is dumping thousands of houses on green land and swamping neighbouring communities.
Therefore, I was astonished to find that the Conservative cabinet at Charnwood Council has given the go-ahead for 4,500 houses adjoining our village of Thurmaston.
Ours is a community of about 3,200 houses.
The figures speak for themselves.
Our roads, schools and other facilities will not cope.
Our identity will be lost, as will that of our neighbouring village, Barkby.
Kate Knaggs, Thurmaston.
With regards to the letter from Wayne Manship ("Wonderful? Not if you live near it!" Mercury Mailbox, September 28), surely those living near to the new Summit building in the city centre should expect that there will be this kind of development in the area.
City centres are always being regenerated, so don't live so close if you are not prepared to accept change.
Besides, the students that bring Leicester such diversity and wealth have got to live somewhere.