Plans to build 77 more homes at Melton north site

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A developer has submitted plans to build a further 77 homes on land off Scalford Road, to the north of Melton.

In 2013 Persimmon Homes was granted planning consent by Melton Council’s planning committee to build 91 homes on agricultural land opposite John Ferneley College.

Now the housebuilder has submitted plans for 77 more homes at the site. This second phase of development would be to the north of the site currently under construction.

Objectors to Persimmon’s latest application include Scalford Parish Council and the Melton Mowbray and District Civic Society who have already sent written representations to the council.

Jacqui Marsh, on behalf of the society, raised a number of concerns including the extra traffic created. She wrote: “No further large residential developments on the outskirts of Melton should be permitted until the route of the bypass has been agreed.

“The traffic movements generated by a development of this size would not be negligible. There’s no evidence more jobs will be created locally therefore this development would be unsustainable because residents would have to commute to other towns and cities.”

A letter on behalf of Scalford Parish Council said: “We object to any proposed developments of any size on this side of Melton until a suitable bypass has been built.

“Irrespective of any transport assessments it’s a fact that over recent years traffic flows have increased considerably through Scalford following previous developments on this side of Melton.”

In a design and access statement supporting its application Persimmon claims the proposed site ‘is within a sustainable location for residential development’ and that its scheme has ‘good access to public transport to help reduce car dependency.”

The full planning application will be decided in due course.