Residents can find out more about plans for new homes, community facilities and business space near Lutterworth at an exhibition later this month.
The drop-in event on 21 and 22 September is an opportunity to view plans, ask questions and comment on proposals for around 2,750 homes on 516 acres of land east of Lutterworth.
The proposals – put forward by Leicestershire County Council as the main landowner – will provide new homes, schools, a country park and other community facilities, over 2,500 jobs and protect green spaces.
Developing the site would also raise tens of millions of pounds for the council, helping to support vital front line services, including social care, and offset the impact of national funding reductions.
Deputy leader of the county council, Byron Rhodes, said: “The proposal enables us to provide much-needed new homes, and ease pressure for further development in other, less suitable parts of Harborough district.
“We remain the lowest funded county in the country and the development would also generate vital income for front line services, including those supporting vulnerable people.
“We’re committed to clear and ongoing engagement with residents and encourage people to visit the exhibition and have their say.”
The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm on 21 and 22 September, at the Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, LE17 4ED.
From 21 September, people can also find out more and comment online: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/lutterworth-east
The proposal – known as a strategic development area – is included in Harborough District Council’s local plan, which sets out how land is used and what is built where.
Subject to consultation, a planning application is due to be submitted to Harborough District Council in the New Year.
By investing in property, Leicestershire County Council is generating extra cash to support front line services – including pot holes and social care – reducing the impact of national funding reductions.
New figures show the approach generated £2.7m in the last 12 months – and this is set to rise to £10m a year by 2022.