Irchester residents invited to comment on 150 homes scheme

A map outlining the boundary of the proposed development
A map outlining the boundary of the proposed development
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Irchester residents are being invited to a consultation event organised by developers planning to build 150 homes in the village.

Leicester-based architect and planning consultant, rg+p Ltd is organising the consultation, which will take place on Wednesday, December 4, at Irchester Parish Hall from 4.30pm to 9pm. Local residents are invited to view and comment on plans ahead of rg+p submitting an outline planning application on behalf of Acreage Strategic Land Ltd.

Situated on agricultural land off Station Road, towards the north east of the village, the proposed scheme will include up to 150 homes, including a proportion of affordable housing, together with a 300sqm retail unit and associated parking.

A spokesman for the architects said: “Designed to meet local energy efficiency standards, it is also intended for the scheme to incorporate public open space and a play area.

“An existing public footpath, connecting Station Road with Townwell Lane, has been earmarked for improvement into a shared footway/cycleway whilst substantial new landscaping will be added to enhance boundaries, aid sustainable drainage and benefit wildlife.”

Rob Woolston, director at rg+p added: “For a proposed scheme of this size, it is essential to engage with the local community and provide an opportunity for questions to be raised and feedback given. Our work on similar projects in the past has confirmed that informal exhibitions offer an excellent format for introducing developments to residents and other stakeholders and we will welcome discussion of the proposals for Irchester next week.”

rg+p is acting as architect, planning consultant and landscape architect for this scheme and using feedback from the consultation, will produce a masterplan for the site, including planning statement, design and access statement, landscape and visual impact assessment and statement of community involvement.

It is anticipated the outline planning application will be submitted in the New Year, with any updates being made available online at www.rg-p.co.uk.