Leigh Road is a project for the development of 174 new homes and a multi-million pound sports village, including landmark pavilion, in Wimborne Minster.
The scheme, designed on behalf of Gleeson Strategic Land, represents the second phase of the development on the site south of Leigh Road, which includes the remains of an old Roman road and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The 174 additional homes, including 49 affordable dwellings, will link up with 305 homes in the first phase, which is under construction by house builder Barratt David Wilson. The new homes include a mix of houses, flats and bungalows.
Pro Vision masterplanned both phases of the new neighbourhood on the 75-hectare site and consulted widely with the local community. The planning team lead the negotiations with the Council over the need for the development, including the delivery of housing above the Local Plan allocation. Negotiations were held regarding viability, the provision of affordable housing, and the provision of the sports facilities within the Green Belt. Permission was ultimately secured with an Officer recommendation for Approval.
The two-storey pavilion with first-floor viewing terrace will provide a new home for Wimborne Rugby Football Club and be shared with other local sports clubs. In addition to modern changing and support rooms, it has a clubroom, bar and catering facilities. Meanwhile, the recreational ground includes sports pitches, floodlights and 250-space car park.