Views to adjacent properties are heavily filtered by trees and hedgerow
The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 7.82 hectares on the south-western edge of Kirby Muxloe and currently comprises four distinct fields bounded by hedgerow and woodland. There are two properties within the centre of the site – both accessed from Station Drive – which do not form part of our proposals.
Over 8 acres (40%) of the development will remain undeveloped, become open to the public and securing new grassland of more than 1 acre of additional wildlife habitat which will be brought up to the standard that already exists.
A revised Ecological Management Plan has been prepared which provides greater commitment and longevity to the future management of both the retained grassland and woodland habitats whilst bringing in the new enhanced area as mentioned above.
To the north, a railway line separates the site from existing housing along Station Road, Station Drive and Station Close and a level crossing provides access to the site from Station Drive to the existing properties. Kirby Muxloe Golf Club and its car park are situated to the west, while residential properties in Barry Drive lie to the south and east, separated by a dense woodland buffer and a mature tree line. An existing public footpath crosses the site from Barry Close in the south to Station Drive in the north.
The site is deemed to be in a sustainable location with good access to a range of local services and facilities within 500m. Schools, a library and a foodstore are within 1km and recreation facilities, open space, countryside and bus services can be easily accessed from the site.
The site is visually well contained with very few views from any long distance with limited views at close range. Close-range views are restricted to existing properties within and to the east of the land.
The Links Grassland Local Wildlife Site (LWS) is located at the centre of the site. We have agreed with Leicestershire County Council that an area of this LWS will be retained, improved and managed as part of our scheme, while the remaining area of lost LWS will be replaced with a commitment to restore and manage the majority of grassland fields to the north of our proposed new homes.
We will retain and enhance the wooded stream corridor within the site and will provide further new habitat opportunities for wildlife. All high-quality trees and tree groups will be preserved and enhanced with new planting, while our proposals do not affect any trees which are subject to Tree Preservation Orders.
We have further updated our independent ecology studies and continue to liaise with the local Authority
Our Transport Assessment has been revisited and upgraded as part of our revised outline planning application to determine the effects of our development on the local highway network. Further traffic surveys, together with speed surveys were carried out in September 2014, following our original report which was completed in June 2013. These reports have deemed that the effect of the scheme on local junctions is expected to be acceptable, both during the construction period and when the development is completed. However, we will keep under review and if any impact is deemed likely we will agree to any reasonable appropriate mitigation measures with Leicestershire County Council.
In addition we have listened to the community concerns in respect of construction traffic management which we fully understand would be a concern to the local and existing residents. We have provided further information in support of our new application. Taylor Wimpey is a locally responsible home builder and we take all health and safety matters seriously and would always want to be a considerate home builder within the communities that we build our homes.
Flood risk and drainage
The site is outside of the flood plain and is therefore not at risk of flooding from waterways. Flood risk from other sources is also considered to be low and we will manage surface water run-off through Sustainable Drainage methods, ensuring that run-off rates are no higher than current greenfield levels. Severn Trent Water has confirmed that there is capacity within the existing foul drainage network to accommodate our development.