Petition launched over 1,800 homes plan
A PETITION has been launched over a decision to press ahead with plans for 1,800 homes on Harborough’s Airfield Farm.
Harborough District Council’s executive committee voted last night to recommend the proposals to full council.
If voted through, it will see the creation of a so-called Strategic Development Area stretching from Airfield Farm off the old A6 to the top of Lubenham Hill.
Between 1,500 and 1,800 homes would be built on the land between now and 2031 - meeting on a single site the majority of Harborough Council’s Government-set housing targets.
The publication last week of a report recommending the proposal sparked anger in some quarters, with council planners accused of ignoring the findings of a public consultation which came out in favour of an alternative plan for only 1,000 homes.
Opposition Lib Dem councillors described the proposal as ‘a disaster’ and urged the council’s Conservative-run executive committee to reject the recommendations of the report when it came before them at last night’s meeting.
Now they have launched an e-petition in a bid to show there are strong objections to the plans.
The report admitted there was opposition to the 1,800 homes plan, but revealed less than one per cent of people in the town commented on the plans during a public consultation.
But Libe Dem councillors Sarah Hill, Barbara Johnson and Phil Knowles say they believe there is a lot more opposition out there.
Cllr Knowles said: “It is important that every aspect of the impact of an additional 1,800 homes and a school etc will have on the infrastructure along with traffic flows is highlighted. People need to know how it will impact on their daily lives and that of the whole community.”
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