Ruling on 2,500 homes put back
A decision on a £250 million housing and commercial development in a village is expected to be made next month.
The proposed Barwell Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) includes 2,500 homes, shops, a health centre, a school, an employment zone and recreational facilities.
Hundreds of villagers have said the project would swamp the community and destroy valuable countryside.
The scheme for the western edge of the village is backed in principle by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council's Liberal Democrat majority.
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The development was due to be decided by the planning committee on March 19 but delays in highways reports have pushed the decision back.
Council chief executive Steve Atkinson said: "We are looking now for a date as soon as possible after March 19, when we know all the necessary information will be available."
The council stands to make nearly £16 million from the scheme through the Government's new homes bonus, a quarter of which would be allocated to Barwell Parish Council.
Plans for the development were first introduced in 2006 and have been the subject of nearly 40 consultations.
The latest plans have been submitted by a consortium of developers.
Spokesman Jamie Gibbins, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Barwell.
"The money provided through the homes bonus would be spent by the people of Barwell for the benefit of the people."
More than £4 million would be donated to create school places.
An employment zone and shops would create an estimated 437 jobs.
The consortium has promised highway improvements to the central junction in Barwell and other upgrades to the village centre, worth £1 million.
Opponent, borough councillor Hazel Smith, said: "In the historic Barwell parish referendum, over 96 per cent of voters were against the 2,500 houses of the SUE."
She urged the Lib Dem majority on the planning committee to heed the people's voices and vote against the scheme.
Conservative leader Paul Bessant said his group had plans for the regeneration of the village "which unlike the SUE will make the community stronger not destroy it".