Bovis application for 100 houses, London Rd, Great Glen

Latest update – July 2017

This application (16/02081/OUT) was presented to Harborough District Council (HDC) planning committee on 18th July 2017 with an officer recommendation to approve. The public gallery was packed with Great Glen residents, many of whom had attended the meeting on 4th July when the 170 house application on Oaks Road by Miller Homes (17/00579/OUT) was approved 6:5 by the committee.

Once again a number of people spoke objecting to these plans, including myself. The local district councillor, James Hallam, also spoke and objected to the plans.  The primary thrust of the objections was underlining the Historic England strong objection as they felt the setting of the Grade 2* St Cuthbert’s Church and the exceptional examples of ridge & furrow should be preserved. Other objections were raised about the increase in traffic on an already highly congested section of London Road at peak times. The fact that the Neighbourhood Plan has now been approved by the external examiner so will be put to a public referendum in weeks was also mentioned by several.

This time the discussion by members of the planning committee led to a motion to approve being voted against (6:4), and the motion to refuse was carried by 6:4. The application is therefore refused. The applicant may appeal and they have 6 months to do so.  As the Oaks Road application, which was approved, has been called-in by the national Planning Casework Unit (PCU), they had already added this to their investigations.

Bovis Public Consultation – 25th November 2016

Bovis are proposing 100+ homes on the land between London Road and the A6 bypass. They held a public exhibition/consultation in Great Glen Village Hall from 1pm to 7pm on Friday 25th November 2016.

I arrived just before 5pm and was surprised that this developer exhibition did not attract the very large turnout that attended the parish council led Miller Homes exhibition in the Village Hall on 9 October.  The developers told me they hoped to submit their formal application to HDC before Christmas.