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Barwell expansion: Public meeting held over 2,500 homes

Aerial view of the new homes site boundary west of Barwell
Image caption A public exhibition of the plans to expand Barwell was held in January

A public meeting will be held over plans for 2,500 new homes which, if approved, would almost double the size of a Leicestershire village.

Developers also plan to build a school and shops on land west of Barwell, which Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has allocated for new homes.

Opponents, who have gathered a petition, fear the expansion of the area would swamp existing facilities.

The meeting will take place on 26 April at Barwell Constitutional Club.

A consortium of developers has submitted proposals to build on fields between Barwell and Stapleton.

The developers claim the expansion would create 1,000 jobs and inject £250m into the local economy.

'Cause chaos'

Conservative borough councillor Hazel Smith said there was "real anger" in the village about the plans.

"Many people fear these proposals will cause chaos in Barwell and that they will have a hugely detrimental impact upon our village," she said.

Liberal Democrat councillor Mathew Hulbert said: "Numerous consultations have been held on the proposed development, with a lot of people taking part.

"The majority raised no objections, with many people pointing out how Barwell needs these new facilities and improvements to the village centre."

The proposals have been put forward by developers Ainscough Strategic Land and Barwood Development Securities, and house builders Taylor Wimpey.

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