Labour Councillor Nick Clarke is backing Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust's plans to investigate whether the recent decision by NWLeics District Council to allow the building of 79 homes on land off Greenhill Road Coalville can be referred to the Local Government Ombudsman.
The decision to approve the building of the homes taken at the planning committee on 5th August was against recommendations made by planning officers, and has come under criticism from local residents, Councillors and the Wildlife Trust.
Nick said; "The reasons given for allowing the development seem a little confusing. At the meeting it was said the proposals are sustainable and questions were raised regarding Officers housing figures. Since the meeting it has been quoted that the application was 'deliverable'. There doesn't seem to be a consistent message. Allowing building on this piece of open countryside is bad enough, but having no justification or good reason for it makes the decision even worse in my opinion. The Wildlife Trust are right to ask questions about the decision and I'll support them all the way."
Councillor John Legrys deputy Leader of the Labour Group at NWLeics District Council is also critical of the decision to build on land encroaching into Charnwood Forest. He added; "we now need to stop the Tories from allowing any more development in the Charnwood Forest. The Forest has been set out as an area of natural beauty and recent experience clearly shows that the NWL Tories want to destroy it with new housing estates for the wealthy."