Developer says its plans for mixed-use development on edge of Melton will create more than 100 jobs

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A developer has submitted plans to build nearly 100 homes on the edge of Melton and two office blocks which it claims will create more than 100 new jobs.

Westleigh Partnerships Ltd is seeking full planning permission for the mixed use residential and commercial development on land off the A607 Leicester Road.

The developer has previously been granted outline planning permission to build about 50 homes on the western section of the site (Mill House Nurseries site). It now wants to reduce the number to 41 properties and is seeking approval from Melton Council for their revised details.

However Westleigh has been refused permission by the council to build about 54 homes and offices on the eastern section of the site - a decision which it is appealing.

The council rejected that application on grounds that Westleigh had failed to show it had satisfactorily dealt with the issue of noise and failed to show there was no reasonable prospect of that site, on land west of Bowling Green, being used for employment purposes.

Now Westleigh has submitted its full planning application which, if approved, would see the development of the whole site, including both sections. The proposed development would comprise of 39 ‘affordable homes’ and 58 homes for sale.

In respect of the council’s previous concerns about noise, the developer claims the proposed new layout has been ‘significantly amended to move properties further away from the Leicester Road and also to provide a buffer between the properties and the railway to the rear.’

A design and access statement submitted as part of its latest application says: “The development has been carefully considered so that it responds to the approved outline proposal and will positively enhance the site, surroundings and wider area.

“The development will bring forward much needed affordable family housing to the area, supporting the social and economic aspirations for the town generally.

“The town centre is easily accessible by bicycle or public transport, making this site suitable in terms of accessibility. Shops, services and leisure opportunities are available near to the site and larger stores and employment opportunities are also within easy reach, both on foot and via public transport.

“The scheme reflects the local character and meets all of the relevant policy requirements.”

The planning application will be decided by Melton Council in due course.