Sustainable Urban Extension, Barwell Leicestershire
Acting on behalf of a Consortium of developers comprising Ainscough Strategic Land, Barwood Development Securities and Taylor Wimpey, HOW Planning secured planning permission for one of the largest residential schemes ever promoted in the East Midlands, at Barwell, near Hinckley in Leicestershire.
The 2500 home urban extension on a 130 ha greenfield site was first identified in the Council’s Core Strategy to support growth of the Borough. The scheme was worked up with the local community and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to deliver much needed market and affordable housing to the area.
The planning gain package includes more than £38m of measures to deliver regeneration of the adjoining settlement of Barwell, which is a key Council objective. It will also create over 1000 jobs for local people both during construction and in the long term.
HOW Planning led a comprehensive community engagement exercise on draft plans prior to the submission of the outline planning application. This comprised a major public exhibition spanning three days and the briefing of key local stakeholders. The process was recorded and submitted to the Council as part of the Statement of Community Involvement as an example of best practice.
Integral to the plans is a range of uses to support the housing, including employment, community “hub”, a primary school and extensive new sports and recreation facilities.