Novel names unearthed at Leicester

New roads on Midland Heart’s £18.2m housing development at Aylestone, Leicester have been named to mark a previous use of the land.

Leicester City Council dug out Pentland Close and Maris Lane as names for the two new streets because the land - known locally as St Mary’s allotments – was once tended by keen gardeners.

The site is among an ambitious trio of Midland Heart developments under construction in Leicester in partnership with Countryside. Residents began moving into their new homes at St Mary’s, Wolsey Island and Green Lane Road during 2018 and all three sites are due for completion by the end of this year.

One completed the sites will provide 395 quality homes of mixed sizes and tenures, with more than half for affordable rent or shared ownership.

Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Growth and Corporate Affairs, Midland Heart, said: “These three developments represent a total investment of £58m to build almost 400 much-needed homes in Leicester as well as regenerate disused land.

“The St Mary’s allotment development is interesting as properties are being finished to a higher environmental standard and the roads pay tribute to the land’s horticultural heritage with names inspired by varieties of potato.”

The St Mary’s development will provide 125 one, two, three and four bedroomed houses and flats, 51 at affordable rent and 36 for shared ownership.

At Wolsey Island – known affectionately as Sock Island after the hosiery factory that once stood there – a total of 188 homes are being created at a cost of £25.7m

A further 80 homes, 49 for affordable rent and 33 for shared ownership, are being provided on an abandoned factory site on Green Lane Road at £14.4m.

6th March 2019 | 2019