The Government has today announced £49.5m of funding towards the £63.5m cost of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road – read more here.
That is great news for many – local residents affected by the current congestion; the Borough Council who can deliver significant growth focussed on Melton; and developers with proposals in the area. It is an excellent example of the benefits of infrastructure.
We, too, are pleased. For the last 7 years we have been working with Davidsons Developments on a scheme of 1,500 houses on the southern side of Melton, including the design of a southern bypass. Initially promoting the site for allocation in the Local Plan, currently supporting a planning application, we hope to see houses coming out of the ground in a couple of years.
Discussions about a bypass go back decades. Our own David Cummins recalls working on behalf of the Borough Council in 1992, running a cost benefit analysis of different route options, and after that supporting Wilson Bowden’s Kettleby Magna new village proposal on the airfield.
Well done to Leicestershire County Council.