New homes plan on Council owned site

Published Wednesday 12 December 2018

Attractive new homes – including some ideal for first time buyers – are set to be built on Council-owned land in Lutterworth.

Harborough District Council, which owns the land at De Verdon Road in Lutterworth, is looking to provide around 70 new homes on the site – some of which are earmarked to be affordable homes to help local people buy or rent a home at below the open market value.

Last year, the Council helped provide a record number of affordable homes in the district, based on data captured every year since 2003, to help those people struggling to find a home.

A number of community improvements will also be provided as part of the scheme in De Verdon Road through developer contributions for local facilities and infrastructure.

The land had previously been leased to Lutterworth Town Council for allotments but more than half the allotment plots were vacant.  Harborough District Council had granted a significant extension of the lease to allow those who did use the site time to relocate to a new, purpose built allotment at Leader’s Farm in Lutterworth.

Councillor James Hallam, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for Finance and Assets, said: “It is important we maximise the use of Council assets to get the most for residents across the district. With this in mind we are exploring an opportunity to develop this land. In doing so we have worked closely with the allotment holders to ensure a smooth transition to a new allotments site in the town.”

The Council has previously developed housing on its former garage sites at St Cuthbert’s Avenue in Great Glen and Paget Road in Lubenham.

A planning application for the site will be submitted by the Council over the coming months.