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Capita Lovejoy to masterplan Earl Shilton and Barwell

28 October 2009

Capita Lovejoy – the land planning division of Capita Symonds – has been appointed by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to draw up masterplans for the development and regeneration of Earl Shilton and Barwell in Leicestershire.

Plans will focus on sustainable urban extensions to the south of Earl Shilton and west of Barwell, as well as the regeneration of the two settlement centres. The plans will then inform the preparation of an Area Action Plan in 2010.

The masterplans will seek to guide the form and appearance of the proposed development to ensure that it not only provides attractive environments for residents to live and work in, but that they are also well integrated with the existing communities of Earl Shilton and Barwell.

It is anticipated that by 2026 the proposed development will deliver 2000 new homes and 10ha of employment development at Earl Shilton, and 2500 new homes and 15ha of employment development at Barwell. This growth will be supported by the provision of community facilities including new schools and healthcare services, substantial recreation space, and improved walking, cycling and public transport provision between Barwell, Earl Shilton and nearby Hinckley. 

The masterplanning process seeks to build on the community engagement work undertaken by the Council in 2008 that sought to raise awareness of the proposals, identify key issues and objectives, and define a vision for the future growth.

Over the last few months Capita Lovejoy has undertaken a series of site assessments and is now, together with a team of Council officers, preparing a number of options which will be the subject of further public consultation next month.