Rearsby homes plans look set to be refused

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Contentious plans to build up to 66 homes to the south of Rearsby have been recommended for refusal.

Ex England and Leicester Tigers rugby ace Neil Back has been among the villagers fighting the plans submitted by Jelson Homes to build on a pasture field off Melton Road.

Speaking to the Melton Times in April Mr Back said: “If this goes ahead Rearsby won’t be a village anymore - it will lose its rural aspect. We have a bypass but this development could mean more than 100 extra cars driving through the village, making it a lot less safe for people living here.”

Ged Pearson, chairman of the Keep Rearsby Rural campaign group, added: “We’re not against development but when it’s totally unsustainable as this is then we have a perfect right to object. There’s no space at the primary school for the new children, there’s no shop, doctor’s surgery or post office so how can they justify building these houses?”

Charnwood Council has received more than 400 letters of objection from residents. Other concerns include the impact upon the character of the area and adjoining conservation area and upon wildlife.

In a planning statement Jelsons said a development of this size was consistent with the growth of rural villages in the UK and the growth of modern housing in Rearsby at times in the past.

Charnwood Council’s planning committee will decide the outline application on Thursday (July 23). A report to the committee recommends refusal on grounds including the site not being sustainable for housing growth, the development having an adverse impact upon the landscape character of the area and conservation area.

The Highways Authority hasn’t objected, subject to mitigation, but the council report says a traffic calming package ‘couldn’t be implemented in full’ so there are ‘serious highway safety concerns’.