An application for 235 new homes and a 420-pupil school on land in the Nottinghamshire village of East Leake has been rejected by Rushcliffe Borough Council.
The plans, submitted by N&B Farming, was for “new housing to meet identfied needs”, but received over 100 letters of objection from locals who said the new housing would put strain on village roads and infrastructure.
In a design and access statement, N&B’s agent Pegasus Design, said: “Rushcliffe Borough Council requires a minimum of 400 homes to be built in East Leake. Policy H1 of the East Leake Neighbourhood Plan deals with the principle of development beyond this amount, stating that development will only be supported where it can be demonstrated that the provision of improved infrastructure (including primary school place provision) can be achieved in time to serve the needs of development.
We consider that the proposed primary school helps achieve the requirements of this policy and will result in significant benefits for the rest of the village.”
However, Rushcliffe Borough Council, in turning down the proposals, said the proposed school was too large for current demand, the road layout would cut it off from the rest of the village and that the site itself is not part of its development plan.