Plans to transform a former warehouse located within the heart of the Leicestershire countryside into an exclusive residential development have been approved.
Local developer Wheatcroft Land acquired the site in Moira and now plans to build nine high quality family homes in the stunning waterside location.
Located at the heart of the scenic National Forest – a 200sq mile woodland development – the residential site benefits from easy access to country parks, nature walks and cycle routes, including the Forestry Commission National Cycle Centre at Hicks Lodge, Donisthorpe Country Park and the Conkers Discovery Centre.
The new homes will also have stunning views over the canal to the Moira Furnace, with its museum, boat trips, country walks and small courtyard craft village and friendly tea room.
Director at Wheatcroft Land Catherine Haward said: “We are really excited about bringing this development forward; we will be building a range of semi-detached and detached properties and creating real waterside living.
“This is a really beautiful location right on the water’s edge and within a stone’s throw of the National Forest, which will be a fantastic place to live and enjoy the great outdoors. The former warehouse buildings have been demolished and construction of the new homes will commence in January 2019 with a target completion date of September 2019”.
The development, named Swingbridge Wharf due to the nearby swing bridge giving access across the canal to the Furnace Museum, will comprise three and four-bedroom homes, three of which will be detached and six semi-detached with access to the public footpath and cycleways along Ashby Canal.
The 0.68 acre site has planning permission for nine residential units, which will all be designed to make best use of the canal views with all the properties overlooking the canal from the front of the buildings.
This is the second residential scheme the developer is currently working on in the East Midlands, with another 14-unit scheme underway in Ancaster in Lincolnshire which is expected to complete in June 2019.