A controversial planning application for 180 homes off Greenhill Road has been refused by NW Leicestershire District Council. At a meeting of the Planning Committee on 4th November Officers recommended the application was refused and the members of the Planning Committee unanimously agreed.
Labour Councillor Nick Clarke, who spoke urging members to refuse the application at the meeting said; “I am delighted by the unanimous decision, and I pay tribute to all those residents who campaigned in a sensible and constructive manner. This decision will send a clear message to the developer.”
There is huge local opposition to the development of this farm land, which is described as an “area of particularly attractive countryside” by planning officers. Labour councillors organised a public meeting attended by well over 50 local residents earlier in the year where the application was debated at length.
Councillor Ron Adams, who is a member of the planning committee, said after the meeting; “I believe this is the correct decision. The Labour team have knocked on nearly every door in the vicinity asking people’s views on local issues, and unwanted housing developments are certainly top of the agenda”.
Nick added “It is a pity the local Lib-Dem Councillor chose not to vote on this application. Every councillor is fully aware of the rules relating to pre-determination on planning decisions and it is a shame he felt he had to voice his views prior to the meeting rather than reserving judgement. There doesn’t seem much point in voting Lib-Dem if they are going to vacate the one seat they are entitled to on the Planning Committee. After all, it's votes that count”
Labour Parliamentary Candidate Jamie McMahon said; “The rejection of this application is fantastic news for local people. I'm delighted common sense has prevailed. We have to get a grip on planning locally, it's a developer led free-for-all at the moment, and the first step in that battle is sensible decisions such as this from our Planning Committee.”
Nick and Ron will be contacting the developer and requesting that they accept the decision of the Planning Committee and the overwhelming view of residents, and not launch an appeal.