Homes are refused on ‘green corridor’

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A scheme to build homes on a green wedge between two villages has been turned down by Harborough District Council planners.

The David Wilson Homes plan was to build 18 houses on a site between Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt, off Longbreach Road, north of the railway line.

But council officers had recommended refusal of the plan, because it would “cause harm to the character and 
appearance” of the area.

And after a debate at Tuesday night’s planning meeting, councillors agreed, and turned the scheme down.

Christopher Wood, chairman of Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council, had told the committee: “We’re keen to keep this green corridor running through the middle of our community.”

Ward councillor Phil King added: “Lots of local people and groups have raised concerns about this scheme.

“We need to do something to protect our open spaces. Once they’re built on they can’t be brought back.”

But Helen Bareford, agent for David Wilson homes, argued: “This development will not result in overwhelming harm to Kibworth, and is located adjacent to an existing residential development.”

Planning committee member Cllr Mark Graves tended to agree with the developers, saying: “It’s not a large number of houses and there are far worse locations.”

But Cllr Stephen Bilbie said: “There are far too many developments going on to open spaces.”

And Cllr Grahame Spendlove-Mason added it would by a “crying shame” to build houses in what was a “countryside setting”.