Creation of residential leisure park, Barrow Hill Quarry, Earl Shilton
A T Plant and Contracting Limited are seeking your views on the creation of a new residential leisure park on land at Barrow Hill Quarry off Mill Lane in Earl Shilton. The site has been discussed with officers at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, and they are seeking a permanent solution to the problem of unauthorised access on the site. The proposed residential leisure park would provide such a solution and an opportunity for people to stay, in this unspoiled part of Leicestershire. As part of the proposals, the developers would like to seek the views of local residents/stakeholders on the proposals.
The need for a new leisure park
The site would provide 21 single storey 2 and 3 bedroom residential lodges, for holiday and short stay accommodation. ‘Staycations’ (holidays in the UK) have have increased in popularity, and it is intended that this new park would provide an attractive setting for outdoor activities, such as walking and cycling.
Recent research into demand for tourist accommodation in Leicestershire, confirms that there is strong demand for all forms of tourist accommodation at weekends, and that many existing accommodation businesses trade at full capacity on most weekends April–October. There are clear weekend shortages across the area, including in self-catering accommodation. The proposal seeks to take advantage of the good prospects for future growth relating to the following:
- Local corporate demand during the week.
- Short breaks.
- Wedding parties (but not single sex groups).
- People visiting friends and family.
The research identifies that there is potential for more self-catering accommodation, particularly 5 star and boutique self-catering and accommodation, that can cater for family and friend get togethers and celebration weekends. Camping pod and glamping sites are also areas where there is potential for additional developments.
The site is located to the south of Mill Lane, just off the A47, Clickers Way, close to the services and facilities offered in Earl Shilton and Barwell. The park would be accessed by vehicles from Mill Lane and there is pedestrian and cycle access, via the bridleway that runs through The Yennards from Mill Lane. Car parking facilities would be provided for each unit, and a management and maintenance facility would also be provided. The extensive vegetation around the perimeter of the site, would be retained and enhanced with new/additional planting, designed to increase bio-diversity.
We are seeking your views on the proposals until Tuesday 31st August 2021.
By electronic questionnaire
Via a dedicated feedback questionnaire webpage.
If you are not able to access the website you can still provide your comments by email to email@example.com.