Olympic legacy park plan for land
Developers are to unveil plans to create an Olympic legacy park as part of a scheme for more than 100 homes on the edge of South Wigston.
The plan, by Barratt Homes, includes developing sports facilities, including a football pitch and pavilion, on the site off Pochin's Bridge Road.
The project, which has been discussed with Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, will be outlined to residents at an exhibition on Saturday, January 12.
Feedback will be used to draw up a planning application which will detail the sporting facilities to be provided.
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The application will then be submitted to the council in February.
District councillor John Boyce said: "I have heard the company wants to build 120 homes on undeveloped land off Pochin's Bridge Road.
"There is also talk the plan includes a football pitch, playing apparatus and a pavilion."
He said the area, which is a mix of open field and scrub, had been earmarked for housing in a previous council plan and houses had been built nearby in recent years.
He said the principle for development could be difficult to oppose.
However, Mr Boyce said: "The site off Pochin's Bridge Road has access on to Lansdowne Grove, which is a narrow Victorian street. There are doubts that will be able to cope with the additional traffic.
"I shall be interested to examine the detailed proposals when they are put on show on Saturday, January 12."
Robert Galij, planning director for Barratt Homes, said: "We have been working closely with Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and the landowner to put together a masterplan for the site and would encourage residents to go along and let us know what they think about proposals.
"We are pleased to be holding a public exhibition at South Leicestershire College on January 12, between 10am and 6pm, at which people can find out more about our proposed development."
He said the exhibition was open to individuals, businesses and community groups.
He said a potential layout including house types and street scenes would be on display.
Company representatives will be available to discuss the proposals.
Mr Galij said: "Once all the feedback has been received we hope to submit a planning application for the homes in February, with work commencing later this year."