Residents and local businesses are joining in the campaign to oppose the plans for a 4,250-home development on land adjacent to Beggars Lane, Enderby and Leicester Forest East.
Leading objectors to the proposed development, The Leicester Forest East Residents’ Action Group (RAG) say it will bring pollution, increase congestion on already congested roads in Enderby and Leicester Forest East as well as having a detrimental affect on wildlife in the area.
The group have already held two open nights on Monday and Tuesday of this week at the local parish hall, in Kings Drive, LFE.
During the events, attended by around 400 people, an invitation was extended to fill out an objection form which will subsequently be presented to Blaby District Council.
Some local businesses have voiced their concerns although opinion in the local commercial sector is divided. Financial director Maxine Woolley from Casepak which has over 20 vehicles operating nationwide, told local media (1)
“We’re concerned about the movement of traffic, it’s congested enough as it is. The roads are blocked without this development and I honestly don’t think the area can cope.
“It’ll affect us and the way we transport our goods – it’s going to take a lot of logistical planning to try to combat the problem.”
The company is preparing to lodge a written objection against the scheme. Joining Casepak in its objections are local garden centre Palmers, who are not convinced by the prospect of extra custom arising from the development.
A director of the Garden Centre, Caroline Jackson, says:
“The extra customers that the development will supposedly provide are irrelevant because the congestion they bring with them will drive my existing customers away from the area.”
Local builders merchants EH Smith are understandably happy at the prospect of 4,500 new homes on the doorstep but recognise that the extra traffic would put “…a big strain” on the infrastructure. However, general manager Dave Keeling takes the view people should think ‘long term’.
Amongst those indicating they are not opposed to the plans is NEXT, whose headquarters is situated on the junction of Beggars Lane with Desford Road.
(1) Adapted from Leicester Mercury report by Peter Warzynski