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New Hugglescote homes refused after flooding problems

Published: Wed 8 January, 2020

Plans for 30 new homes in Hugglescote have been refused over flooding, drainage and highway safety concerns.

The proposal for the site on Station Road was refused by North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Planning Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 7 January.

The committee had deferred the application - which was due to be heard in October - after flooding and sewage issues in the village during a spell of heavy rain raised concerns about the development of housing at this site.

Planning committee members sought further information from Severn Trent Water, who confirmed they have now carried out investigations and remedial work to resolve the situation. However, the committee felt its concerns were not fully addressed and after hearing passionate objections from a local resident and the ward member, decided to refuse the application.

Councillor Nigel Smith, Chairman of NWLDC’s Planning Committee, said: “Our district needs new housing but it needs to be in the right place and not be detrimental to people that already live in our villages.

“We saw the flooding that occurred in October and we weren’t sufficiently convinced that the issue has been satisfactorily resolved. This was a very difficult decision but the committee felt on balance that the concerns over flooding, drainage and highway safety outweighed the benefits of this application.”

Here are the results of all the application heard at the meeting:

Planning reference

Description

Location

Decision

19/00141/OUTM

Residential development for up to 30 houses

Station Road, Hugglescote. LE67 2GB 

REFUSED

19/01256/FUL

Construction of new car parking areas and resurfacing of existing parking areas

Land at Ridgway Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

PERMITTED

Agendas, papers and minutes for Planning Committee can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/meetings

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.

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