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Kasabian’s Chris Edwards fighting ‘garden grab’ housing development in Leicester
January 28, 2014
Kasabian’s Chris Edwards is among a group of residents fighting a “garden grab” housing development.
The Leicester band’s bass player and his neighbours are concerned about the proposed construction of a four-bedroom house on land off Knighton Church Road.
He is one of 18 residents who have written to Leicester City Council objecting to the scheme by developers Ackerley Investments Ltd.
Chris, who lives with his wife, Michelle, daughter Marley, three, and one-year-old son Raife, said: “One of the things that worries us is the piecemeal way these developments are happening.
"It’s a house at a time. If they put in one plan for four more homes they wouldn’t get it, but they do it bit by bit. I moved here to raise a family and that’s what I’m doing. It’s a nice place to live and it’s quiet.
"The developer built another house next to us. We knew that would happen and we were fine with it, but now there could be four more. They get built slowly.
"We moved here because it’s safe but it could end up being a construction site entrance for eight years."
The council’s planning committee will decide whether to approve the plan at a meeting tomorrow.
Planning officers have recommended the house be granted permission.
Objectors are worried the house, and potentially three more future properties outlined in the developer’s planning documents, will lead to increased flooding in the area. Access to the property and, any future homes, will be via an existing private road and driveway which crosses a public footpath linking Shanklin Drive and Knighton Church Road.
Chris said he believed it would be unsafe to send more vehicles across the footpath.
"It can’t be safe to have more traffic going over a public footpath," he said. "Everyone around here is really worried about it.
"The developer says there will not be much more traffic and it will be safe but is then talking about putting traffic-calming in.
"Why do you need that if it won’t be a problem?"
Chris said he would like to attend next week’s planning committee meeting but expects to be putting the final touches to the band’s new album in London.
Neighbour Tony Donovan said he would be going to the meeting to address the planning committee.
"It’s that alleyway that is the big concern," he said. "Young mums and their children use that alley often and it would be a big risk to the council to let more traffic go over it, because someone will be seriously injured.
"Everyone who has moved in here has been told there will be just one more house, but it never stops."
Ward councillor Ross Grant is supporting the objectors.
He said: “This is basically a garden grab and it will cause more flooding in an area where it is already an issue.”
Ackerley Investments did not want to comment.
A city council planning spokesman said the scheme was acceptable because it was for one additional dwelling on an already established backland development.