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Plans for homes off Greenhill Road in Coalville given approval

An application to build 166 new homes on land off Greenhill Road in Coalville was permitted by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) Planning Committee on Tuesday 3 July 2018.

The applicant – Avant Homes – resubmitted an application after it breached a previously granted permission by starting some work on site before it had satisfied planning conditions.

Outline planning permission for new homes on the site was granted in January 2017, with a further reserved matters application approved in February 2018, subject to conditions.

In April 2018, the NWLDC Environmental Protection team was notified of earth moving and work to trees taking place, which was against some of the conditions attached to the planning permission. Swift action from enforcement officers meant this work stopped quickly but the company was required to resubmit its application to ‘vary’ some of the original conditions and allow them to remove some of the trees on the site.

The Planning Committee agreed that, as the principle of residential development had already been established, it was prepared to grant the permission. The development will be monitored closely to ensure no further breaches of planning consent occur.

Speaking of the decision, Chair of Planning Committee, Councillor Nigel Smith, said: “We were pleased to receive a public apology from the developer for breaching planning conditions. Our enforcement action was quick and thorough, and sends a strong message that we won’t tolerate developers acting outside of our planning regulations.

“The committee did note their concerns about trees being removed from the site, but did not feel that this would have a significant impact on neighbouring residents. However, the committee was pleased to see that the developer will provide additional semi-mature trees as part of the scheme, which will further enhance the development.”

New planning committee

This was the first meeting of the ‘new look’ planning committee, which has seen a number of changes following a review of the council’s planning function.

Changes include:

-       A later start time of 6.30pm, allowing more members of the public to attend the meeting, which was previously held at 4.30pm

-       A reduction in the number of councillors on the committee from 17 to 11

-       Clearer presentations during the committee, making the process easier for everyone to understand.

A further four applications were heard at the planning committee on Tuesday 3 July; three were permitted and one was refused.

Here is the full breakdown of the decisions made at Planning Committee:

Planning reference

Description

Location

Decision

18/00705/VCUM

166 dwellings with associated public space, infrastructure and National Forest planting

Land off Greenhill Road, Coalville

PERMITTED

18/00567/FUL

Erection of two single storey dwellings

Land to the south of Peters Close, Melbourne, Derby

REFUSED

18/00627/FUL

Change of use to two garages within the block of three garages to create an administrative office

Private Road, Standard Hill, Coalville

PERMITTED

17/01342/FUL

New agricultural access

Land at Worthington Lane, Breedon on the Hill

PERMITTED

18/00054/FUL

Conversion of block of garages to form one two bedroom dwelling

7 Elder Lane, Griffydam

PERMITTED

See agendas, papers and minutes for Planning Committee.

Planning Committee meets every month and is a public meeting – members of the public are welcome to attend. Any member of the public wishing to address Planning Committee must register to do so before midday on the Friday before the committee meeting.

Published: Fri 13 July, 2018

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