Proposals to build homes at The Old Brewery site in Melton are narrowly refused

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Plans to convert a group of buildings to the east of Melton town centre into houses have been narrowly refused.

The houses were proposed to be built at The Old Brewery site, at the junction of Thorpe Road and Saxby Road.

The application split opinion when it was discussed by Melton Council’s planning committee on Thursday night.

Ward councillor Pam Posnett felt there was a need for housing in the town centre and that the proposed scheme would ‘certainly smarten the area up’ but she also voiced concerns about the entrance.

The applicant had proposed to introduce a one-way system, with vehicles coming into the site via the principal Thorpe Road entrance and then being directed through the site and exiting onto George Street.

Mrs Posnett was concerned about the ‘narrowness’ of George Street and ‘the amount of cars always parked on it.’

Councillor Peter Faulkner said he had ‘serious concerns about the in-and-out traffic management system’ and councillor Pru Chandler raised additional concerns about parking, particularly in light of the loss of the former public car park on Thorpe End (where a new housing foyer is set to be built).

A proposal to refuse planning permission for The Old Brewery development resulted in a 5-5 vote deadlock. Committee chairman John Illingworth used his casting vote to refuse the application on traffic management and parking grounds.