On Wednesday night local residents made their voices heard at a public meeting about the upcoming planning application for 250 homes at Broom Leys Farm, Broom Leys Road.
Lots of local residents attended the meeting organised by the local Labour Party and joined Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon and local District Councillor Nick Clarke in voicing their opposition to the development.
The development is planned for the Green Wedge and will add traffic and air pollution to an area already struggling to cope. Local residents were angry that planning applications are being submitted for the Green Wedge, only years after the Secretary of State upheld appeals that place it at threat.
Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, said:
“Many residents came along to our meeting to voice their concerns. I’m totally opposed to this application and I’m delighted local people share our opposition.
Planning is in a mess. The Tories, propped up by the Lib Dems in Government, have watered down planning regulations and the Tories locally have seen their Core Strategy thrown out. It’s created a developer led free-for-all. We need a planning system that puts local people first and that’s why I’m right behind local people in opposing this development and any development on the Green Wedge.”
Nick Clarke, Labour District Councillor, said:
"It's great to see so many people taking an interest in the controversial Broom Leys Farm planning application. I hope they found our public meeting useful and that it helped arm them with the knowledge needed to help fend off this, and other unwanted housing developments.
Air pollution at Broom Leys crossroads already exceeds recommended levels, the roads can’t handle all the cars and the Green Wedge is land we must protect – yet developers are trying to make money building more houses.”