Proposals to build up to 550 homes to Melton north are recommended for refusal

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Plans to build up to 550 new homes at two sites to the north of Melton have been recommended to be refused by the council’s planning committee next Thursday (April 2).

Leicestershire County Council is seeking outline planning consent to build up to 325 homes on seven fields to the eastern side of Nottingham Road. The homes would be accessed off Scalford Road.

The proposals have been met by strong opposition from a number of groups and individuals including the Melton North Action Group (MNAG), Melton and District Civic Society and the County Highway Authority.

Some of the main objections raised include the proposed development adding to the town’s existing traffic problems, concerns about road safety and the development being contrary to the inspector’s decision on the council’s Core Strategy (which was subsequently withdrawn).

Planning committee members have been recommended by council planning officers to refuse the application on grounds including that the proposals ‘would result in an unacceptable material impact to the safe and efficient operation of the highway network and the submitted highway proposals fail to adequately mitigate that impact or are undeliverable.”

A report to the committee adds: “The proposed mitigation measures would result in an increase in traffic as well as heavy goods traffic being routed onto inappropriate routes.”

l Plans to build up to 225 new homes on three fields to the west of Scalford Road have also been recommended to be refused by the planning committee when it meets on Thursday.

A number of groups and individuals, including MNAG, have objected to the outline application submitted by Richborough Estate on similar grounds.

A master plan submitted by the applicant shows a single point of access from Scalford Road, with a central spine road and number of side roads serving properties.

Objections raised include the proposed development adding to the town’s traffic problems, concerns about road safety and the development being contrary to the inspector’s conclusions on the council’s Core Strategy and being contrary to planning policy.

Council planning officers have recommended for the application to be rejected on grounds including that the proposals ‘would result in an unacceptable material impact to the safe and efficient operation of the highway network and the submitted highway proposals fail to adequately mitigate that impact or are undeliverable.”

A report to the committee adds: “The proposed mitigation measures would result in an increase in traffic as well as heavy goods traffic being routed onto inappropriate routes.

“In conclusion it is considered the significant harm to transport and highways outweighs the benefits of the development.”