Council exploring exciting village project

Published Friday 23 November 2018

Plans are being explored to create attractive new homes in a village near Market Harborough – with a number of exciting community benefits.

Residents in the village of Gartree were invited by Harborough District Council to attend a public meeting at Foxton Primary School on 20 November 2018 to discuss the plans and opportunities.

Disused land in Gartree

The meeting, which was well attended by local residents, was an opportunity to share views on facilities and improvements which might benefit the village and find out more about the proposals.

It was agreed at the meeting that Midlands Rural Housing, working with the district council and parish council, would undertake a survey in the new year to understand both the possible housing need of the local community and options for community facilities residents would like to see provided.

The council will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Justice, which owns the surplus land in the village, the local residents and parish council to consider all options.  Following the completion and analysis of the survey, residents will have an opportunity at a further public meeting to review these findings and to consider any benefits they’d like to see which might include road surface improvements, new trees and landscaping, and new play equipment for local families.

Councillor Phil King, Deputy Leader of Harborough District Council, with responsibility for Regeneration, said:  “We are in the early stages but are working positively with residents to explore opportunities to bring back some disused land into use for the benefit of the community and taxpayers.”

Pictured: The disused land in Gartree which could be brought into use for the benefit of the community