At Tuesday afternoon’s Planning Committee Councillors were asked to approve plans for 28 Affordable and Social Homes on the old Council Depot on Highfield Street.
Planning Councillors were generally happy with the proposals for new social homes for rent in Coalville Town Centre. But local neighbours in Zetland Close were unhappy with the plans & asked Planners to replace two units with bungalows.
Cllr John Geary pleaded with the committee to take into account neighbours wishes for less overbearing houses next to their homes. He also said that the new houses on the old depot site will reduce light to the existing bungalows in Zetland Close making neighbours lives uncomfortable.
Cllr Russell Johnson asked the Planning Committee to consider the need for more bungalows in Coalville to provide decent homes for our ageing population.
Despite a call for an amendment to change two of the houses for bungalows, the Planning Committee voted in favour of the original plans.
Cllrs Johnson and Geary said that they were disappointed that Members of the Planning Committee rejected neighbours concerns. No one has opposed the need for 28 new social homes on the old depot. A simple change from two family homes to two bungalows would not have affected the outcome to provide badly needed social homes.
Cllr Tom Neilson Leader of the Labour Group has made it clear that Labour policy is in favour of social housing, but the mix of homes must reflect local needs. We need more social homes for rent but we also need to provide more low-rise accessible bungalows in North West Leicestershire.
Cllr Neilson went on to say that he was proud that Labour Councillors are speaking up for their constituents, and reflecting these concerns at the Planning Committee.
We are pleased that we are to have 28 new social homes to rent in Coalville Town Centre, but the outcome could have been better for people of Zetland Close.