Plans to build 39 homes in Queensway are narrowly refused

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Proposals to build 39 homes in the village of Queensway, near Old Dalby, have been narrowly refused on grounds of unsustainability.

Melton Council received a 44-signature from neighbouring residents against the development which had been recommended for approval, subject to conditions, by planning officers.

Among the concerns raised were its impact upon wildlife, the lack of local facilities and inadequate infrastructure.

The authority’s head of regulatory services, Jim Worley, told planning committee members that Queensway had been assessed to be a sustainable location.

He added: “The location has shortcomings but they are more than compensated for by the benefits of the application.”

Jerzy Schmidt, representing Broughton and Dalby Parish Council, highlighted that the Highway Authority considered it to be an ‘unsustainable location in transport terms’ and that the 39 home represented a nearly 20 per cent increase in the settlement size.

He added: “This is not the right site for such a development. On balance it should not be approved.”

Wilbraham Associates Ltd, the agents for the applicants Family Housing, said the development would include 16 affordable homes and claimed the benefits of the scheme outweighed the impacts.”

Ward councillor Joe Orson urged the committee to refuse the application on the grounds of unsustainability, adding the nearest shops were about four miles away in Long Clawson or about five miles away in Asfordby. He also claimed the bus route was unsustainable.

Following a debate a proposal to refuse the application reached a 5-5 vote deadlock. But chairman John Illingworth used his casting vote to refuse planning permission on grounds the development was in an unsustainable location and the benefits of the scheme didn’t outweigh this.