Whetstone homes plan set to go ahead despite villagers' objections
Plans to build nearly 80 homes in a Leicestershire village are set to be approved this week – despite dozens of objections.
Revelan Group has applied for permission to build the 78-property development in Cambridge Road, Whetstone.
A similar application was refused by Blaby District Council earlier this year on the grounds that the access off Leveret Drive was not acceptable.
This time, officers at Blaby District Council are recommending councillors approve the proposals at a meeting on Thursday.
About 180 letters objecting to or commenting on the proposals have been received by the council.
Residents are concerned the development would increase traffic problems in the area, that there are not enough footpaths for pedestrians in the plans and it could make access to neighbouring properties dangerous.
They are also worried that there are not enough facilities in the village to cater for the influx of new residents, especially as both local schools are full.
The County Archaeology Services is also concerned that a medieval bank is recorded on the site and that there is a likelihood that buried archaeological remains will be affected by the development.
It has requested that further archaeological assessments are carried out on the land, which the district council has said should take place.
A report to councillors describes the site as an area of open land between an industrial estate and other housing, but adds: "It would be difficult to justify that this area of land performs a great benefit in terms of the "open character of the area.''
It also says: "It is not considered that the resultant additional traffic on to the Leveret Drive cul-de-sac would be unusual within such a modern housing estate to such an extent that it would have an unacceptable impact upon residential amenity."