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Plans for 3,500 new homes on show

Plans for 3,500 new homes in part of Leicester are going on display in a series of public exhibitions.

Residents are being asked for their views on proposals for the new housing which has been earmarked to develop the Ashton Green area.

Community facilities and new schools are also included in the project.

The city council said the 130-hectare site on the northern edge of the city has been highlighted as a key housing location since the mid 1970s.

'Urgent need'

Councillor Patrick Kitterick, Leicester City Council's cabinet lead for regeneration and transport, said: "Ashton Green's potential has been recognised for some time and it's clear that it will play an exciting part in the ongoing growth and success of Leicester.

"The city has a real and urgent need for new affordable housing and our plans for Ashton Green will play a part in helping us to satisfy that need.

"These public exhibitions are a way of bringing the designers, site owners and technical consultants together with people who live and work around the site."

The first exhibition will be held at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre on 6 and 7 November.

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