Battle over 24-home proposal is heading to a public inquiry

Cllr Phil Knowles
Cllr Phil Knowles

Developers who were refused planning permission to build 24 houses at Waterfield Place in Harborough are appealing to get the ruling overturned.

Harborough District Council’s planning committee members refused planning permission in October after it said the plan would significantly harm the character and appearance of the countryside and harm the separation land between Harborough and Great Bowden. Developers Charles Church lodged an appeal earlier this month.

A Government-appointed planning inspector will now rule on the case in a public hearing.

A date has not yet been set.

District ward councillor Phil Knowles said: “The appeal is concerning though not unexpected.

“Myself and fellow ward councillors Sarah Hill and Barbara Johnson will be doing everything possible to vigorously defend the decision to refuse the application.

“Residents will worry that this appeal has been registered.”

It is the second time that a plan for this site has gone to appeal.

Harborough Council refused planning permission for 20 homes at Waterfield Place in September 2011.

The council’s decision to refuse was upheld by planning inspector Sarah Coleborn in February 2012.

To comment on the appeal, visit the website using the reference number 13/00930/FUL.