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Temporary closure of Beggars Lane, Lubbesthorpe

beggars lane closureLeicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the closure of Beggars Lane, Enderby.

The closure is required between Lubbesthorpe Bridle Road, and Forest
House Lane.

The road will be closed from the 9th November 2015 for up to 7 weeks.

This will safely allow contractors to construct a new roundabout as part of
the New Lubbesthorpe development.

During the closure the alternative route will be :-
Hinckley Road, Desford Road, and vice versa.

Leics Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001

Construction of bridge over M1 motorway serving New Lubbesthorpe

Artist impression of m1 bridgeFirst steps in the construction of a new bridge over the M1 motorway have begun, brought forward following a successful £5 million bid by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with Blaby District Council, Leicester City Council, the Highways England, the Local Enterprise Partnership and developers.

The bid was for a share of funding from the Government’s “Local Pinch Point Fund”, worth £170m and designed to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth.

The Pinch Point Funding will:

  • Bring forward the provision of the M1 Bridge by at least 2 years and guarantee its delivery.
  • Enable greater investment in the local on-site road infrastructure.
  • Enable early delivery of a district centre (including a supermarket, small unit shops, cafés and restaurants, community & health facilities and small offices).
  • Provide options for traffic entering and leaving Leicester and will relieve congestion on the A47.

On February 19th 2015 the contract for the construction of the M1 Bridge was awarded to Balfour Beatty by Leicestershire County Council.

The £10m bridge will span from Thorpe Astley to Leicester Forest East, to provide a link to the new 4,250 home Lubbesthorpe development.

It will also help reduce congestion and the impact of traffic on Beggars Lane / A47.

Early work has already begun and the bridge is due to be completed by August 2016.

Location Plan

Location Plan

Artist Impressions

Below is an artist’s impression of what the bridge could look like once it has been constructed.No.1

Artist impression East-West

Artist impression North-South

Public exhibition regarding the new M1 motorway bridge

A public exhibition to view information about the construction of the new bridge across the M1 from Thorpe Astley to Leicester Forest East which will provide a link to the New Lubbesthorpe development is due to be held on Monday 18th May 2015 between 3pm and 7pm at Leicester Forest East Parish Hall

Site compounds are being set up on the east and west side of the M1 to provide staff offices and facilities, loading bays, fabrication and storage areas.

In June, a holding bay will be constructed off Beggars Lane to minimise the disruption caused by traffic arriving and leaving the site. A 40mph speed limit will be introduced along a length of Beggars Lane to improve safety in the vicinity of the works access.

Traffic management required to create a working area in the centre of M1 will be set up, a 50mph speed limit and narrow lanes between LFE and Junction 21 will be used.

Works will include piling, sheet piling support, excavation, reinforced concrete construction.

The basic timeline is

  • Commencing of site operations from April 15
  • Night time operations June 15
  • Road embankments complete for lifting in beams Jan 16
  • Deck pours complete by April 16
  • Overnight lane closures complete by end May 16
  • Road works atop embankments commence Feb 16 and complete (including over new deck) by end August 16.

More information on the New Lubbesthorpe Development can be found by visiting:http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/planning-and-building/lubbesthorpe/ and http://www.newlubbesthorpe.co.uk/

More information on the Local Pinch Point Fund can be found by visiting:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/series/local-pinch-point-fund

Leicestershire County Council: Customer Service Centre may be contacted on 0116 305 0001, email:highwayscustomerservices@leics.gov.uk

Source information from the Leicestershire County Council website

Temporary closure of Beggars Lane, Leicester Forest East and Beggars Lane, Lubbesthorpe

Road Closed sign (photo)Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the closure of Beggars Lane, Leicester Forest East and Beggars Lane, Lubbesthorpe.

The closure is for Surface Dressing works to be carried out safely on Tuesday 21st April 2015

The closure is required from the junction with the A47 to the junction with Desford Road, Enderby

During the closure the alternative route will be A47 Hinckley Road, Leicester Forest East; Desford Road, Enderby and vice versa.


Leics Highways Tel:  0116 305 0001

Lubbesthorpe New Town – another twist in the tale!

Sir Clive Loader the Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner has called for a judicial review of developer contributions towards the policing of the new town of Lubbesthorpe – the possible consequence of his actions is that Lubbesthorpe may not proceed !!

[Reprinted from Lfe Rag Facebook post]

The PCC challenges:

1. The terms of the S106 (developer contributions towards infrastructure etc) are illogical and irrational in that they fail to provide funding to meet the policing needs arising from the development

2. The process followed by Blaby DC was defective with insufficient reasoning given for their decisions

3. Blaby DC have failed to honour expectations of securing police funding in an appropriate manner or provide reasonable explanation as to why it failed to do so

Sir Clive Loader
Sir Clive Loader

The RAG have long argued that a development of the Lubbeshorpe land is inappropriate in the scale proposed given the effect it will have on local communities and the massive amount of infrastructure required to try and justify the development.

1000 acres of prime agricultural land, locked on three sides by two motorways (M1 and M69) and one of Leicesters main arterial roads (A47) as well as bordering the busy settlements of Leicester Forest East and Enderby and was always foolhardy at best.

Blaby DC have for too many years been approaching their housing problem from the wrong angle, you cant start with one piece of land, create one large housing need and assume you can make both fit each other…. smaller developments and brown field sites are the appropriate way forward or at worse you identify land where appropriate infrastucture already exists or could be readily supplied – Lubbesthorpe never did and never will be an appropriate development.

This development will cause major problems to Leicestershire residents for miles around and will create further traffic problems around Fosse Park as well as traffic issues and air, noise and light pollution issues in Thorpe Astley as well as Enderby and Leicester Forest East

Lubbesthorpe homes plan not ‘called in’ by Secretary of State

New LubbesthorpePermission for a major new housing development in Lubbesthorpe is set to be granted.

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has decided not to ‘call in’ an application for some 4,250 homes, employment, schools and other uses on land to the west of the M1, Lubbesthorpe.

Plans for the Lubbesthorpe development were approved by Councillors on November 1 at Blaby District Council’s Development Control Committee.

The planning application was referred to the Secretary of State in November 2012. He was asked to decide whether he wanted to determine the application himself or whether Blaby District Council could issue the decision.

The Secretary of State has allowed the Council to grant planning permission, subject to a number of conditions and completion of a legal agreement to secure items such as new schools, road improvements and other necessary infrastructure.

The Council will be issuing a decision when it is in a position to do so.

Objectors to the development have said they are disappointed but not surprised.

Paul Fox, secretary of the protest group Leicester Forest East Residents’ Action Group, told local media:

“I’m obviously bitterly disappointed by the Government’s decision not to call the decision in because it will affect people outside the area and is going to have a major impact on the road network.

“I’m not surprised because this is the decision we all expected, but now we have very limited options for preventing it.”

The council will be officially giving the developers planning permission imminently, following which, each of the developers – Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Davidsons Developments and Hallam Land Management – will have to make individual planning applications for sections of the development.

Mr Fox said the objectors would continue to monitor what was happening on the site.

He said:

“As this is only outline planning permission, there will be more specific planning applications coming that we shall monitor closely.”

A determined Mr Fox indicated it was likely objectors would seek an order from the European Court of Human Rights to limit the number of new houses in the area due to the high levels of nitrogen dioxide along the M1 corridor saying that local councillors and the Government haven’t listened to the objections, but maybe they will listen in Europe.”

More than 1,300 people objected to the 973-acre development during two years of consultation citing  concerns over traffic congestion and the loss of green land to flooding.

On the other hand Blaby District Council is under pressure to build its target of 8,500 houses by 2029 and Lubbesthorpe will help it reach almost half that target.

For more information on the Lubbesthorpe plan visit www.blaby.gov.uk/lubbesthorpe

Enter Lubbesthorpe in the search box on Enderby EYE for associated news items

Read story in the local press (Leicester Mercury)