The parish of Barrow upon Soar lies between Leicester and Loughborough just east of the A6 trunk road. It is a large village with a population about 6,000 in 2011. It has a wide range of services including a primary school, secondary school and health centre. While the village has a long history, a large amount of the housing in the village has been built in the last thirty years.
The expansion of Barrow upon Soar is constrained without public investment in the necessary road improvements. The Neighbourhood Plan concluded that it is likely that any additional development, over and above that already committed, will have severe impacts.
The Barrow upon Soar Neighbourhood Development Plan was approved by referendum with a ‘Yes’ vote of 95%.