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Enderby: The golf course could close to make way for new homes

Enderby: The golf course could close to make way for new homes

  • By Dan Martin
  • BBC News, Leicester

Image source, Baby District Council

Image caption, The council said development of the site could help achieve new housing targets

Up to 800 homes could be built on a golf course and office park in Leicestershire, a council has said.

Blaby District Council has unveiled proposals for a new community called Hayes Gardens on a 57-hectare area east of Enderby.

It said the Enderby Golf Course, which is mainly owned by the council, could be closed to make way for the development.

The majority of the proposed development site is owned by Santander UK, the authority added.

The banking company said it had consolidated buildings at its Carlton Park office complex, leaving excess land for potential housing.

Image source, Blaby District Council

Image caption, A series of public meetings are planned so people can have their say on the plan

Council leader Terry Richardson said the authority would seek residents’ views on the plan before proposing to include it in the local plan development strategy.

“By working with Santander, we see Hayes Gardens as an example of a sustainable community,” he said.

“As well as providing much-needed housing, this development will also aim to provide more publicly accessible green space and biodiversity.

“Improved access routes for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles can also help alleviate long-standing congestion issues in Enderby, particularly around Mill Lane.”

The council said the plan is still in its early stages but could help achieve the government’s target of finding land for 687 homes annually by 2036.

Nick Roberts, head of real estate at Santander UK, said: “Since 2021 we have consolidated our office space (in Carlton Park) into one of five office buildings on the Campus, leasing three of the buildings to tenants, with one remaining building for rental is put on the market.

“We want to play our part in supporting the local plan, enabling more housing and contributing to the wider local community in which we operate.”

The council said a number of public meetings would be held in May and June so people could find out more about the plan.