New Bottesford home proposal gets go-ahead from Melton Council’s planning committee

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Plans to build a single storey home within Bottesford’s conservation area have been approved despite villagers’ objections.

Objectors had raised numerous concerns about the impact of the new home to be built on to the west of Mulberry House, on the corner of Station Road and Church Lane.

Among the main concerns were its impact upon the conservation area and character of that part of the village and its impact on highways safety.

The proposed development was debated by Melton Council’s planning committee on Thursday night.

Paul Openshaw, on behalf of the applicant, told councillors the plans ‘complied with all planning policies’ and that Leicestershire County Highways had raised no objections. He added that the hedge would be retained and, where it was removed, it would be re-planted.

Councillor Pam Baguley said: “I used to live in Bottesford. My main concern is traffic. This is a rural area and a short-cut that children use just before the road. You can’t see as you pull out in front of that building so I have grave concerns about it.”

Councillor Pat Cumbers said: “It’s a small property in a village and there’s huge demand for those. The conservation officer also doesn’t have a problem with it.”

Ward councillor Pru Chandler added: “It’s going to meet Bottesford’s housing need because we have an acute shortage of smaller properties.”