Couple challenge Melton Council’s decision to refuse them permission to build log cabin home in Saxelbye

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A young couple are hoping to overturn a council’s decision to refuse them permission to build a log cabin home in Saxelbye.

Stephen Knott has lodged an appeal after his application to site the cabin on land opposite Japonica Cottage in Main Street was turned down by Melton Council’s planning committee on grounds that the proposed site was identified as a protected open area and that Saxelbye was an unsustainable location for the development.

The committee had heard Mr Knott wanted to move closer to his elderly parents, who own the cottage, to offer support and care and also that the proposal would allow him and his partner to get onto the property ladder by owning their own home.

The council had received letters from eight households supporting Mr Knott’s application.

The planning appeal is to be decided on the basis of written representations.

All previous representations on the application received by the council have been sent to the Planning Inspectorate to be considered by the planning inspector.

Anyone wishing to make comments or withdraw/modify previous comments can do so via the planning portal at or by emailing

All comments must be received within the next five weeks.