Villagers march on council in bid to stop homes
Angry residents will march to a council headquarters to oppose plans for hundreds of homes.
Barwell protesters are campaigning against a £250 million development that would see about 2,500 homes built, with employment areas, a school and health centre.
In a referendum this year, 96 per cent of villagers who voted were against the scheme.
However, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is pushing ahead with the plans.
Opponents are planning to march through Hinckley to the council offices on Tuesday, September 18, ahead of a meeting of the Liberal Democrat-run authority.
Campaigner Huw Williams said: "The referendum result has surely put an end to the crazy claims of Lib Dem councillors that Barwell residents were fully consulted about these plans and are in favour of this massive expansion.
"Quite incredibly, though, the Lib Dem councillors have made it clear they will not take any notice of the people of Barwell.
"They cannot simply ignore the will of our community and, along with people from Stapleton, Earl Shilton and other affected communities, we will be marching to the council offices in Hinckley."
All members are expected to be at the offices on September 18 for a full council meeting.
Council leader Stuart Bray will be asked to meet the campaigners and answer their questions.
The land affected is between Barwell and Stapleton.
It has been earmarked by the council as suitable for "sustainable urban expansion" and a planning application has been made by a consortium consisting of Ainscough Strategic Land, Barwood Development Securities and Taylor Wimpey.
Matthew Hulbert, the Lib Dem Barwell ward councillor, said the village could not afford to miss out on the opportunity for so much development.
He said: "There are those that are opposed to it and those who think it would be good.
"We've listened to the views of all sides and we believe this is only going to be for the best for Barwell.
"It comes with a new school, health facilities, development of the village centre and improvements Barwell can't afford not to have."
The marchers will meet at 6.30pm on September 18 on the corner of Regent Street and Market Place, in Hinckley, setting off at 7pm.