Inspector Backs Planning Refusal
Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 12:29 by Parish Council
THE PLANNING INSPECTOR has backed the Borough Council's decision to refuse planning permission for 185 new homes to be built in open countryside in Barwell.
Gladman Developments appealed to the Planning Inspector after it was refused planning consent to build the homes along with a new access and public open space on The Common, Barwell in August 2017.
The developer had sought permission to demolish a range of existing agricultural buildings and replace them with new homes on a site that extended over nine fields that are currently used for the grazing of horses and cattle.
The council had argued that the proposed development was unacceptable as it would impact on the landscape, character and appearance of the area which forms part of a green wedge separating Barwell from Hinckley and Earl Shilton.
Local residents had also campaigned against the scheme, concerned about the loss of open countryside and the impact of the homes on the area.
Following a five day Public Inquiry in June during which the Government appointed Inspector heard from representatives of Gladman Developments, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and members of the public as well as making two visits to the site, the Inspector dismissed the developer's appeal and backed the council's decision to refuse planning permission.
In his report issued last week (Friday 20 July), Mike Robins Inspector noted: "The appeal scheme would represent a large incursion of housing into a landscape which, while being on the edge of a town retains a strong rural character," adding that the scheme, if built, would "significantly erode the character of the landscape."
Mr Robins also found the council had demonstrated a five year supply of housing land; this housing supply includes the Barwell SUE, Earl Shilton SUE and other housing developments which have already been given planning consent or are allocated for housing in the local area.
Executive Member for Development Services at the Borough Council, Cllr Richard Allen said: "This decision will come as a relief to residents across the borough that the council can defend communities against inappropriate applications from developers, having demonstrated a robust housing land supply figure in excess of five years".
"I would like to commend the officers involved in the appeal for their hard work on this case."