Plans to build homes on land south of The Mount in Melton are recommended for refusal

Petitioners who fought the plans to build new homes on land south of The Mount, Leicester Road, Melton EMN-150618-150315001
Petitioners who fought the plans to build new homes on land south of The Mount, Leicester Road, Melton EMN-150618-150315001
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Plans to build nine homes on land south of The Mount, off Leicester Road, Melton, have been recommended for refusal.

Melton Council has received more than 50 letters of objection, from more than 40 homes, and an 89-signature petition from residents objecting to the proposed scheme which would be built on green open space.

Campaigners have raised numerous concerns about the proposed development including increased traffic, parking problems and its impact upon the character of the area, residential amenity and local wildlife.

Melton Council’s planning committee is due to decide on the planning application on Thursday (June 25).

A planning officer’s report to the committee recommends refusal on grounds including that the proposal ‘would result in the loss of amenity space serving a residential development’, that the site layout submitted by the applicant was ‘considered unsuitable as it does not provide a safe vehicular access’ and the site ‘does not provide sufficient off-street usable car parking spaces to cater for the likely demand and, as such, could create dangers for highway users’.

The officer also deemed that insufficient information had been provided by the applicant in respect of assessing the full impacts of the loss of wildlife habitats, identifying possible ways to safeguard protected species and assessing its full impact upon The Mount - a schedule monument and designated heritage asset - or buried artefacts.