Plans to build nine homes on land south of The Mount, off Leicester Road, Melton, were unanimously rejected by the borough council’s planning committee last night (Thursday).
Melton Council had received more than 50 letters of objection, from more than 40 homes, and an 89-signature petition from residents objecting to the proposed scheme on numerous grounds, including the reduction in open play area space at the site.
Councillor Pat Cumbers said: “I’m sorry we’re even being asked to look at this. It would cause great harm to the locality and neighbours and we would lose an absolute asset.”
Councillor Elaine Holmes added: “I honestly thought it was a protected area. We need green spaces within a housing area and we have the ancient monument The Mount to consider as well.”
Councillor Janet Simpson added: “I’m very surprised to see no details from the applicant regarding mitigation for the scheduled monument. I think that’s absolutely shameful.”
The committee refused the proposed scheme on grounds including it would have resulted in a loss of amenity space serving a residential development and that it represented over-intensification of the site which would have a detrimental impact upon the character of the area.
It was also felt the site layout and lack of usable off-street car parking places could create dangers for highway users, that the proposal would cause harm to protected species and that insufficient information had been provided to assess the full impacts upon the scheduled monument The Mount and buried archaeological interests.