Leicester eco town wins support

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City council leaders in Leicester have agreed to support eco-town proposals, subject to a number of conditions.

Leicester City Council's cabinet last night said the eco town, known as Pennbury, could have a "positive effect" on the city.

The Co-operative Group is proposing to build 15,000 homes on the site near Stoughton, Oadby and Great Glen.

City council leader Ross Willmott told last night's meeting the eco-town could help provide ‘the most significant social affordable housing programme in the city and the county since the Second World War.’

However, council bosses said their support for Pennbury rested on several conditions including:

  • There must be a tram system;
  • At least 30% of the homes must be affordable;
  • The number of homes planned – 15,000 – should not be reduced.

Councillor Patrick Kitterick, Leicester's regeneration spokesman, said: ‘This is our considered opinion at this stage – that doesn't stop us changing our minds further on.’


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  • This is highly misleading. The proposed Pennbury Eco-Town is in fact located nowhere near to the boundary of Leicester City. If a planning application is ever submitted then the planning authority would be Harborough District Council. So far of the other local authorities in this area, Leics County Council is opposed, Oadby & Wigston Council is opposed, and many councillors on Harborough District Council have expressed their serious concerns etc. There is also a very strong -non party, local campaign CASCET which has now over 15,000 signed up supporters against this proposal. Leicester City Council is Labour run, the CO-OP are major financial backers of the Labour Party nationally.

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