Kirby Bellars holiday homes plan is refused by Melton Council’s planning committee

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Plans to build three holiday homes in Kirby Bellars have been refused by Melton Council’ planning committee.

Iain Reid, on behalf of the applicant, claimed the Main Street development would ‘enhance that part of the village’, that the application ‘satisfied Local Plan policies’ and added there were ‘no technical objections’ by any statutory bodies. He also added there were a range of facilities, near to the application site, which would appeal to visitors.

Angus Smith, chairman of Kirby Bellars Parish Council which was among the objectors to the proposals, said Kirby Bellars wasn’t considered a sustainable location.

He added the proposed development would be on ‘important open countryside outside the village envelope’, that previous B&Bs in the village and surrounding villages had closed down due to lack of demand and that villagers were concerned about extra strain on existing services as well as increased traffic.

The planning application was determined by the planning committee on Thursday.

Councillor Janet Simpson said: “It’s very clear that Kirby Bellars is an unsustainable village.”

Councillor Pat Cumbers added: “We always support tourism which is important but I don’t think this is an example of what’s needed.”

Councillors voted 5-3 in favour of refusal on grounds the application represented unsustainable tourism, was in an unsustainable location, that it wasn’t justified to build outside the village envelope and there was no proven need for the development in Kirby Bellars.