STOUGHTON FARM PARK AND GARTREE ROAD PLANNING APPLICATION
An outline planning application (O&WBC 18/001178/OUT) has been received from Oadby and Wigston Borough Council for the demolition of two semi-detached houses located at Stoughton Grange (near the Cow and Plough) and land opposite Stoughton Grange, which is to the South of Gartree Road. The proposal is to build 20 dwellings on 4.72 acres of land at Stoughton Grange and 290 dwellings on 34.14 acres of land on the South side of Gartree Road, which is the main site. The Cow and Plough pub will be left as it is. The development on the main site will include affordable homes with areas of landscaping and public open space, new access from Stoughton Road and Gartree Road and pedestrian and cycle links.
The 90-year old plan for an Eastern District Distributor Road (EDDR) linking the A6 at Oadby to Gartree Road and then up through Evington to the A47, were first drawn up in the 1930s. This issue has been thrown back into focus with the Co-op outlined plans for some 310 homes. If the EDDR was built it would form the last ‘missing link’ of Leicester’s outer ring road. On the framework plan for these 310 dwellings, land is safeguarded for a future Link Road.
While more homes are needed, this plan is criticised by Highway Officers of Leicestershire County Council because of the traffic implications for Shady Lane, which exceeds its capacity now and Shady Lane is not a classified road. Therefore discussions still need to be held to mitigate the impact of the proposals on the local highway network and particularly the Shady Lane junction.