Proposals to build up to 100 homes in Asfordby have been unanimously approved, subject to conditions.
Jelson Ltd’s outline planning application to build the properties on land off Station Lane was given the green light by Melton Council’s planning committee.
Objectors had raised numerous concerns, including the increased traffic the development would generate and the new homes being to close to power lines. They also argued that granting of permission could ‘prejudice the preparation of the Asfordby Neighbourhood Plan’ - a plan which seeks to give local people the power to shape development in their own community.
But Rob Thorley, agent for Jelson, told the committee the proposed site was a ‘sustainable location’ and that the development ‘would have very limited visual impact’.
Jim Worley, the council’s head of regulatory services, told committee members it had been calculated that the development would add just under 60 vehicles at peak time, or one vehicle a minute during peak hour. Mr Worley added that National Grid was happy with the proposals and that the land in question was ‘lower grade agricultural land’.
He also explained that it was only when a neighbourhood plan was at its penultimate stage that a proposal could be deemed to be premature - but the Asfordby plan hadn’t yet reached this advanced stage.
Councillor Pru Chandler said: “I have sympathy for the neighbourhood plan groups. Applicants are going to come in and try to beat the plans after a lot of time and trouble has gone into them.
“We don’t have a five-year housing supply and we do need housing but this leaves a nasty taste in the mouth when they’re trying to beat the neighbourhood plan.’
Councillor John Wyatt also raised concerns about the 13th Century bridge which, in his opinion, would need to be made into a two-way bridge to cope with the additional traffic.
The committee approved the outline proposals subject to conditions including that the future reserved matters planning application (which will include details such as the development’s layout and appearance of buildings) will provide for a type and size of homes that will meet the area’s local housing market need and incorporate the findings of a housing needs survey.