New housing application pitched in Lea

Up to 114 houses could be built in Lea if planning applications are approved.

Up to 114 houses could be built in Lea if planning applications are approved.

First published in News

ANOTHER housing application has been submitted in Lea – bringing the total number of proposed homes in the village to 115.

North Oak Homes has pitched a scheme for 44 houses on land adjacent to to Lea Hall.

The chairman of Lea Action Group fears that it could destroy the village's character if other applications are approved.

An emergency general meeting was held in the village last week to discuss plans to build 28 homes near the village school.

Bell Homes Ltd want to site the properties at Castle End.

If the scheme is approved, a Section 106 agreement to the tune of £250,000 would be paid to local libraries, Sport England, recreation, leisure, the village school and public transport.

But, around 30 people attending the meeting unanimously voted against the plans, with concerns about the close proximity to the school and a Grade II listed building raised.

The applications come on top of two other schemes that have been pitched in Lea.

BH Savidge & Son want to build 39 homes on land adjacent to the petrol station, while Townsend House & Haines Ltd have submitted outline plans for four homes at Hunters Hall.

"Is there a need for 44 additional homes when you already have applications for 28 and 39 homes in the centre of the village?" asked Steve Banner, chairman of Lea Action Group.

"The centre of Lea is prone to flooding and any thought about constructing in the centre of Lea gets people worried."

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7:17pm Fri 25 Jul 14

SolitaryVoice says...

And 111 out of the 115 are outside Lea's settlement boundaries, i.e. in what is therefore Countryside under both the UDP and Draft Core Strategy definitions.

According to the background paper for the Draft Core Strategy, Lea has 218 dwellings, and under the Draft Core Strategy it is supposed to endure 14% growth up to 2031, i.e. 30 extra houses. 115 is 53%. Absolute madness.
And 111 out of the 115 are outside Lea's settlement boundaries, i.e. in what is therefore Countryside under both the UDP and Draft Core Strategy definitions. According to the background paper for the Draft Core Strategy, Lea has 218 dwellings, and under the Draft Core Strategy it is supposed to endure 14% growth up to 2031, i.e. 30 extra houses. 115 is 53%. Absolute madness. SolitaryVoice
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11:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Gnomie says...

How heartily I agree with SolitaryVoice; and Lea is now facing the prospect of 119 dwellings in total being constructed because an application to build a further four has been filed for a site elsewhere in the village. All of these planning proposals have drawbacks but the least-desirable is the one to build 28 on a split site at Castle End. Some of these houses are being constructed so close to the village's primary school that it will be possible for the occupants to see straight into classrooms and into the playground; and while I fully and totally accept that this is not the intention of the developers, there is no denying that they run the risk of inadvertently creating a paedophile's paradise. An exaggerated fear? The school clearly doesn't think so, and is already talking in terms of having to construct a security fence up to 15ft high if the scheme is approved in order to help safeguard pupils.
How heartily I agree with SolitaryVoice; and Lea is now facing the prospect of 119 dwellings in total being constructed because an application to build a further four has been filed for a site elsewhere in the village. All of these planning proposals have drawbacks but the least-desirable is the one to build 28 on a split site at Castle End. Some of these houses are being constructed so close to the village's primary school that it will be possible for the occupants to see straight into classrooms and into the playground; and while I fully and totally accept that this is not the intention of the developers, there is no denying that they run the risk of inadvertently creating a paedophile's paradise. An exaggerated fear? The school clearly doesn't think so, and is already talking in terms of having to construct a security fence up to 15ft high if the scheme is approved in order to help safeguard pupils. Gnomie
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