Planning inquiry to decide developer’s bid to build up to 520 new homes to south of Melton

Gladman Developments are proposing a new residential development of about 520 homes on land off Leicester Road, Melton EMN-150211-144029001
Gladman Developments are proposing a new residential development of about 520 homes on land off Leicester Road, Melton EMN-150211-144029001
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A developer’s plans to build up to 520 homes to the south of Melton will be determined by a planning inspector at a forthcoming public inquiry.

Earlier this year Cheshire-based Gladman Developments Ltd submitted an outline planning application to Melton Council to build the homes on three fields off the A607 Leicester Road, north of Kirby Lane.

A design and access statement accompanying its application said the scheme would provide a mix of two to five bedroom homes, ranging from first-time homes to larger family homes.

A green public open space (4.91 hectares) would also be provided to the north of the site, a children’s play area in the north east of the site and a 2,000 sqft convenience store near to the Leicester Road entrance to the site.

Gladman held a public consultation on its plans in December. People raised a raft of issues, including traffic and highways safety concerns, though the developer said it was ‘pleased with the general level of response and supportive comments expressed.’

A transport assessment report, commissioned by Gladman, stated: “The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that development should only be prevented or refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impacts on development are severe. The traffic impact assessment shows the proposed development would have a minimal impact on the highway network and should not be considered as severe.

“The accident analysis shows that recorded accident data within the vicinity of the site does not indicate any existing highway safety pattern or problem. The traffic generated by the site would not have a detrimental impact on highway safety and there are no highways or transportation reasons upon which a refusal of the planning application would be justified.”

Gladman have made their appeal following Melton Council’s failure to determine its application within the statutory period. A date hasn’t yet been set for the inquiry which will be held in due course.