New development would be the ‘biggest in village for 30 years’

A group of villagers in Bottesford are opposing plans for more than 50 new homes to be built.
A group of villagers in Bottesford are opposing plans for more than 50 new homes to be built.
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VILLAGERS in Bottesford are fighting plans for a 56-home development on land at the south-east corner of village.

Developers David Wilson North Midlands is seeking to build the homes on land to the east of Belvoir Road and south of the cricket ground.

Jason Young, who lives in Belvoir Road, says the development would be on land at the back of his home.

He said: “The biggest concern most people have is the affect on the infrastructure of the village. It would be the biggest development the village has seen in 30 years.”

Villagers are concerned with the scale of the development, which they say could lead to Bottesford becoming “another Bingham” and that many homes in Belvoir Road would be overlooked by the new houses.

Villagers also point to the Melton Local Plan which has identified the land for future recreational use “unless the council is satisfied that there is no demand for additional recreational land in any part of the settlement”.

Those objecting to the proposal also insist it is outside the draft envelope of the village due to be accepted by the borough council.

Mr Young said: “I don’t understand why they should be allowed to build on greenfield land which has been identified as safeguarded for recreational use when other potential brownfield sites already exist in the village.”

A village meeting to discuss the issue is to be held at Bottesford Village Hall on April 11 at 7.30pm.