Planning application submitted for landmark Leicester development

Project partners on Ashton Green, the £85m sustainable urban extension scheme to the north of Leicester have submitted a planning application for the second phase of the project.

Multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p and developer, Kier Living have submitted a reserved matters planning application for 307 residential dwellings for land off Bevan Road. The application follows feedback from a public consultation event held at the neighbouring Glebelands Primary School in March 2018 and includes the provision of both private residential and affordable homes in a mix of one and two bedroom apartments together with two to five bedroom homes.

Andy Ward, associate planning consultant at rg+p commented:

“Ashton Green is an ambitious and sustainable new project that is both a landmark scheme for Leicester and our practice. Our design includes different character areas that specifically reference Leicester’s heritage; the Victorian villa, Edwardian terrace and village street, and these are being distilled to a design code that will deliver a fresh architectural response and interpretation in the provision of quality new homes. We’re pleased to be partnering Kier Living to deliver this flagship scheme and are hopeful for a positive outcome from this planning application.”

Proposed by Leicester City Council, Ashton Green represents the most substantial, mixed use development in the city for more than 30 years and includes the provision for up to 3,000 new homes together with community and health facilities, employment land, retail space and approximately 13 acres of green open space and wildlife corridors.

Martin Bessant, regional director for Kier Living, states:

“We are committed to delivering new houses that offer diverse communities and the Ashton Green scheme will provide private residential and affordable homes that people are proud to call home. Working collaboratively with Leicester City Council, Ashton Green will not only create much needed new homes but it will bring about wider economic and job opportunities to the area.”

rg+p has been retained in a multi-disciplinary capacity on Ashton Green, acting as architects, master planners, urban designers, planning consultants and landscape architects. If the planning application is successful, work is estimated to commence on site in spring 2019.