Green Light for Significant Social Housing Development

The first phase of new development designed to alleviate some of the pressure on Leicester’s social housing system has been granted approval by the city’s planning department.

The Lanesborough Road scheme in Rushey Mead will feature a total of 37 dwellings, for which we have designed a range of two- to four-bedroom family homes and one- to two-bedroom apartments. A further 24 dwellings are planned for a second phase of the development.

With Leicester City Council experiencing a near 6,000-person waiting list for social housing, this latest development is set to regenerate a 1.4 hectare area of the city suburb with a mix of housing types in keeping with the council’s Core Strategic Policy. All dwellings are also designed for enhanced accessibility, with one bungalow featuring a design specifically tailored for residents who are wheelchair users.

The designs for the homes have been drawn up with the city’s ambitious sustainability goals in mind, featuring air source heat pumps, solar panels and a fabric first approach which help the development significantly exceed the requirements of standard building regulations by more than 80%.

We’re delighted that this first phase of the Lanesborough Road scheme has been given planning permission. There is a real need for new social housing in the city of Leicester and its surrounding suburbs, so we’re particularly pleased to be able to not just deliver much needed homes, but also make use of land that has essentially been edgeland for several years.