Flooding fears hold up decision on proposed Long Clawson housing scheme

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Melton Council had received more than 70 letters from residents objecting to the proposals to build the homes on land off Melton Road.

Clawson, Hose and Harby Parish Council also expressed its fears that the development would add to the village’s long-standing flooding problems, with particular concern about the ‘substantial risk of flooding in the west end of the village from surface water.’

Other objections raised by villagers included the proposed development being outside the village envelope, encroaching into the countryside and being contrary to planning policies.

Planning officers had recommended for the outline planning application to be approved, subject to conditions including that no development would take place until a surface water drainage scheme had been submitted to, and approved in writing by the council.

Richard Cooper, agent for the applicants, told members of the council’s planning committee that the development was of an ‘appropriate scale without affecting the village’s character’.

But they remained concerned about the flooding risk and deferred their decision until they knew more.