The plan of the houses on the “blind code” opposite the kindergarten raises traffic fears

A plan for new homes opposite a Leicestershire nursery school at a ‘blind junction’ has sparked traffic safety fears. The developer said the scheme would make use of existing “redundant” and “dilapidated” buildings.

The plan, submitted by Keith Baxter, seeks outline permission for extensions to 139 and 141 High Street and a barn conversion behind them in Ibstock, near Coalville. The proposal also seeks to demolish a second barn, wall and outbuilding to the rear of the existing properties, with six new homes taking their place. The scheme would result in nine homes located opposite Holmsdale Manor Nursery School.

Some residents have raised concerns about increased traffic on the High Street. One said the proposal would “undoubtedly” lead to more cars on what they said was a “congested road next to a blind bend”.

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Access would be maintained off the High Street for all nine properties(Image: Hayward Architects Ltd)

The plan would see number 139 converted into a four-bedroom, en-suite house, while the rear barn would be converted into a two-bed, single-storey house. Number 141 would be converted into a four-bed house with two en-suite bathrooms, a study and office, as well as separate lounges and sitting rooms.

Designs for the six new homes would normally be submitted after outline permission was granted, but Hayward Architects Ltd, on behalf of Mr Baxter, said they would be a mix of three, four and five bedrooms on the “spacious site” , some with garages and others with carports between the houses.

The existing access between numbers 139 and 141 would be maintained, but this raised concerns given the site’s proximity to the nursery and the blind corner of the street. One resident said he had “serious concerns” about the scheme, fearing the extra vehicles in the houses would add to existing congestion. A second said any increase in traffic “would undoubtedly have a negative effect on the High Street”, saying the entire length of the High Street was already “congested and overcrowded”.

However, Hayward Architects Ltd said the new homes and extended existing properties were in a “sustainable” location and the site would have “satisfactory access” for emergency vehicles. Highways officials said the scheme in its current form had not “fully assessed” any impacts of the plan, but Hayward said a full access report would be provided if general permission was granted for the scheme.

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