Plans for Irchester homes discussed

Save Irchester Village campaigners got more than 2,000 signatures on a petition opposed to a previous development just outside the village
Save Irchester Village campaigners got more than 2,000 signatures on a petition opposed to a previous development just outside the village

People living in Irchester have been given the chance to comment on plans to build 150 houses in the village by the developers.

Leicester-based architect and planning consultant rg+p Ltd organised the consultation, which took place yesterday at Irchester Parish Hall.

Residents were 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 300sq m 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.”

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.

“We welcomed discussion of the proposals for Irchester.”

Irchester resident and chairman of the Save Irchester Village group, Tom Lloyd, said: “The group was formed in 2012 to oppose a previous planned development in Chester Road.

“At the time, we got 2,012 signatures on a petiton against any development outside the village boundaries, which is about half the residents of Irchester.

“This development is outside the village boundaries and our position hasn’t changed.

“However, the planning application isn’t in yet so we have to listen to what the developers say.”

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.