Persistent village developers try again

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Developers are having another attempt to get planning permission for a new estate on the edge of Houghon on the Hill, which is about 12 miles north of Market Harborough.

Builders William Davis Ltd, with the trustees of the late Jessie Dixon, want to build 48 homes on land off Winckley Close in the village.

Their last application for the site was rejected by Harborough District Council planners in July 2016.

The developers appealed and in December 2016, the planning inspector agreed with the council’s decision to refuse permission.

Nevertheless, the developers are back with a fresh application for the site.

Houghton on the Hill parish council is due to consider the new application at a meeting next Monday.

But last time they objected to a similar plan on grounds of its affect on the landscape and rural character of the area, the housing and site layout, traffic and road safety, public and personal transport and village development.

They added: “The parish council feels that rapid expansion in a short time frame will cause great pressure on village facilities.”