Planners turn down two large new estates in Harborough district

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Plans for two big new housing developments in Kibworth Beauchamp were turned down by Harborough District Council planners this week.

A major reason, say planners, is the lack of primary education places at Kibworth Church of England Primary school.

Councillors agreed that young children in particular need schools close to their homes.

Cllr Grahame Spendlove-Mason said: “I think it’s appalling to consider any development where young children are likely to have to be bussed to school. Children need to go to school near where they live.”

The two schemes were for 110 homes off Warwick Road and up to 100 homes on land east of Wentworth Close.

The two schemes together would have added about 500 people to Kibworth Beauchamp’s population of around 5,500.

But council officers advised planners at Tuesday night’s meeting to refuse both applications.

Officers said The Warwick Road scheme’s applicant, Manor Oak Homes, had failed to show that their estate was within easy reach of services.

They said the Wentworth Close application - submitted by Barratt Homes - did not comply with flood risk requirements.

And they added that both schemes should be refused because of the lack of local primary school places.

Local councillor Phil King said that both developments were “unsustainable”.

And planning committee member Cllr Stephen Bilbie added that children could not be accommodated in neighbouring schools in Fleckney either.

Kibworth resident Mr David Miller said the Wentworth Close development would also cause traffic problems and was too close to a sewage farm.

And another local resident, David Joplin, said Wentworth Close, earmarked as a way into a new 100-dwelling estate, was built as a quiet cul-de-sac - “a final destination, not an 
access road”.