‘Absolutely stunning’ fields set to be lost forever as 2,000 new homes scheme looms
Residents in Leicestershire are taking in what could be the last sight of beautiful fields on their doorsteps – that’s before they’re transformed into a major new near-2,000 home development.
The shame was expressed online after the fields on the A6 on land north of Birstall had become a picture postcard perfect sea of blue this week. The colourful view, which is the byproduct of flax in the fields, will soon become a thing of the past as plans to create the new Broadnook Garden Village loom in the area.
A hybrid planning proposal for the site, which will create 1,950 new homes in the area, was agreed back in 2020, with new variation plans submitted to Charnwood Borough Council in recent weeks. It’s led many residents to wonder about the potential loss of the fields on their doorsteps.
Also called the North of Birstall Direction of Growth scheme, the Broadnook development will become a major addition to the area, encompassing 15 hectares of land for employment use on top of the homes as well as a new centre with supermarket and community facilities. A new primary school and assisted living retirement village will also be built.
It’s a scale that has left many residents in the area feeling sad about the loss of the fields which sit next to the A6. Some called it “very sad” what was happening.
“[The fields] are absolutely stunning. Such a pity they are going to be lost forever,” said one resident.
“It’s very sad that they are ploughing every field in sight to put in more houses,” said another. “What about the wildlife that lives there, no one cares about that.”
Also comprising sports facilities as well as open spaces and allotments, the Broadnook development will see major changes to the A6 too. This will come through a new access point onto the dual carriageway itself, while a new roundabout on the A6 and a second smaller roundabout within the site, will also be constructed too.
From here, a new road from the Broadnook roundabout would then link up with nearby Rothley. This would connect with the village’s crossroads and result in the closure of the northbound slip road off the A6 to Rothley.
Concerns mainly centre on the loss of green space from residents. Others pointed towards the environmental impacts such a plan would have on the area.
“Seriously, the lovely countryside [is] vanishing fast,” remarked one person.
“The current local wildlife and countryside will also suffer and will have a knock on effect on the populations of species which exist in surrounding villages,” said another.
However, those behind the plans believe the major development will be a great thing for the area. Speaking previously, they said: “Broadnook will be spacious and dignified. It will create a new community supported by the timely delivery of facilities in a central ‘heart’. Broadnook will also provide an integrated range of attractive homes. It will be a lovely place to live and work.”
A decision on the variation proposals for Broadnook will be made at a later date.