Inspector delivers verdict over homes
CONTROVERSIAL plans for 128 homes on land in the north of Harborough district have been given the go-ahead by a Government inspector following an appeal.
The proposals by Jelson Ltd to develop land to the east of Pulford Drive in Thurnby were granted despite protests from dozens of residents and backed by MP Alan Duncan.
However three alternative plans to build houses in the Thurnby/Bushby/Scraptoft area – also the subject of planning appeals after being rejected by Harborough District Council – were thrown out by the inspector.
Inspector Olivia Spencer said all four proposals would contribute toward meeting a shortfall in Harborough Council’s housing targets.
But the impacts on the countryside and the separation between Scraptoft and Thurnby/Bushby outweighed that consideration in the rejected appeals, she said.
Any adverse impact on the character of the rural landscape at the Pulford Drive site would be small, said Mrs Spencer.
She threw out an appeal for 50 homes in Uppingham Road, Bushby, 100 homes in Station Lane, Scraptoft, and a development of up to 175 homes at the James Coles Nurseries site in Uppingham Road, Thurnby.
Peter Wilkinson, managing director of Landmark Planning, and agent for the Coles scheme, said: “We are bitterly disappointed that such a sustainable proposal as this was refused.
“However, we do not think there is any basis to legally challenge the decision at this stage.”
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