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Two more awards for New Lubbesthorpe development

New Lubbesthorpe

Blaby District Council has won two planning awards for the New Lubbesthorpe development at the East Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence.

Organised by the regional arm of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Council won the “Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes” Category, and was awarded “Best Overall Project” out of all the category winners.

The Council was able to show the extensive work that has gone into New Lubbesthorpe since preparations for the development began back in 2008. The District’s newest community is being delivered at pace with innovation and proactive partnership working.

From the commitment to sustainable infrastructure to ensuring a Pioneer Worker from Churches Together brings new residents together with community activities, significant planning has been undertaken to ensure it is a success.

Being constructed over twenty years, New Lubbesthorpe, once completed, will be a community with 4,250 houses, including 873 affordable homes, three schools, a health centre, leisure centre and open space. The Parish Council was created in May.

More than 340 houses are now occupied and 40 pupils have started at the first primary school, which opened in September. The £15 million bridge over the M1, completed in 2017, also ensures that the much anticipated District Centre can be delivered earlier. This important element of New Lubbesthorpe will include a supermarket, small shops, café and restaurants.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy and Economic Development, said: “We are so pleased to have been honoured by the RTPI for New Lubbesthorpe. This is a new community that we are incredible proud of and we have worked hard with many different partners to ensure it is a sustainable development.

“Residents who have moved in are enjoying their new surroundings and know that once it’s finished, New Lubbesthorpe will be one of the most sought-after locations to live in Leicestershire.”

Chairman of the judging panel, Chris Jesson MRTPI, said: “Every element of the New Lubbesthorpe scheme appears to have been given due thought and care to ensure consistently good standards and a happy, fulfilling place to live, work and enjoy.

“The site will deliver numerous community benefits at a pace of delivery that is to be applauded.”

Blaby District Council has won three other awards for New Lubbesthorpe, including the 2019 LGC Awards for “Best Housing Initiative.”

27 September 2019
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