How development plans for nature reserve affect in Leicester

When new development projects are suggested for rural areas, the investor’s call for progress typically clashes with residents’ wishes.  This is the case with the Aylestone Meadows in Leicester, an extensive nature reserve with a water-meadow around the river Soar.

During Conveyancing in Leicester the purchaser's Solicitor will typically inform their client of any such projects whose planning permission is approved. This information however, can be less useful to a would-be local resident if the planning process is not yet complete, and there is strong opposition.

The erection of a football pitch was suggested at the start of this year, arguing that this would increase leisure opportunities and thus make the vicinity more attractive to homebuyers.

The plans included the pitch, a single storey club house with fencing, 16 metre tall floodlights, landscaping changes and car parking facilities. The money was supposed to come from a £12. 6m initiative, combining funds from the Football Foundation and the local council, among others, to renew Leicester’s decaying and derelict football fields.

A boost in recreational facilities would most likely boost Conveyancing in Leicester. But is a nature reserve the right place to build them on?

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While supporters of the development argued that the plan would only affect a small part of the meadows, protesters claimed that the location was entirely inappropriate. "To put this development on part of the Aylestone Meadows local nature reserve would make a mockery of Leicester's claims to be Environment City”, said Malcolm Hunter, spokesman of Leicester Friends of the Earth. Organisations like this one argue that green leisure areas improve Conveyancing in Leicester.

A number of groups publicly fought for the preservation of the Meadows. An e-petition was set up on the Leicester council website to defeat the plans. It was the first time that such a petition had been used.

The politicians ended up siding with the protesters – with mayoral elections held in May this year, the matter proved to be an ideal campaigning topic. In the run-up to the vote, Labour candidate Sir Peter Soulsby praised the opposing activists:

"I have been enormously impressed by the campaigners who have been against this all along. This land is clearly cherished by so many people. ”

The political hopeful promised to scrap the scheme should he be elected.

Soulsby was successful and went on to become mayor, but in the end his initiative was not needed. In late March, the council’s planning committee voted against the scheme by six votes to five.

Success for local opposition to scheme

While the protesters were thrilled, Laurence Jones, chief executive of Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association, said he was “dreadfully disappointed” by this turn of events. Richard Watson, the council's recently-retired director of culture and regeneration, said that a “massive” amount of work had gone into the planning and believed it was one of the best things he had ever worked on.

Whether or not this final outcome is a relief for buyers and sellers currently Conveyancing in Leicester will depend on individual expectations, but at least the badgers and bats spotted on the Meadows will have a quieter life!