400 more houses proposed for the Kibworths rejected

October 2019

At the HDC Planning Committee meeting on 1 October, this application (18/01260/OUT) was recommended for refusal by the planning officer.  Written comments to the committee had been provided by Neil O’Brien MP and council leader and Kibworths Ward member, DCllr Phil King. Objection statements were made by CCllr Kevin Feltham (also chairman of Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council, Cllr Steve Woodhouse (chairman of Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council), and the other two Kibworths ward members, DCllr Simon Whelband, and DCllr Robin Hollick. After discussion, the application was refused unanimously.

After the meeting CCllr Feltham spoke to William Main (Director of Manor Oak Homes, the developer) and he confirmed they do not intend lodging an appeal; they do have 6 months in which to lodge an appeal.

The primary reasons for refusal included breach of policies in the adopted HDC Local Plan and the made Kibworths Neighbourhood Plan.

August 2019

It is quite likely that this application will be determined by the HDC Planning Committee at their monthly meeting on Tuesday 3 September 2019. Confirmation will be when the agenda for this meeting is publicly available 7 days before the meeting. At the same time, the planning officer will include his report and recommendation to the committee members.

My initial objection written 12 months ago preceded the traffic modelling project (using the Leicester and Leicestershire Integrated Transport Model (LLITM)) carried out by Leicestershire County Council Highways. This exercise was funded by the developers and the final report published in March 2019 (available in documents tab on planning website for 18/01260/OUT).

Not unsurprisingly the modelling analysis  showed that the majority of development trips would be attracted towards the A6 routes for access to/from Leicester City and Market Harborough.

Forecast results of the proposed development’s impact suggest:
· The traffic signals at the Warwick Road single track Railway Bridge experience large delays
· Wistow Road/A6 roundabout is likely to see significant delays in future years based on current, observed data and the forecast increase in flows.
· The New Road/A6 junction will see an increase in future years flows.
· Increased flows along the A6 North and South of the development.
‘ Fleckney Road will see an increase in traffic, what is not shown in the modelling is that Fleckney Road regularly sees a number of on-street parked cars. This may become more of an issue with an increase in flows potentially increasing delays through the village.

The results suggest that as a minimum, the junctions where mitigation is likely to be needed are;
· A6/Wistow Road Roundabout
· Warwick Road Railway Bridge
Plus other junctions which may also need further investigation and consideration are;
· A6/New Road
· Warwick Road/Fleckney Road

As of today (6 August 2019) there has been no response to this modelling exercise from Manor Oak Homes. They have had the report for nearly 5 months. If they do not propose any mitigation in line with the modelling exercise results, then if this application is approved, the traffic congestion and chaos on surrounding roads would be severe.

In my opinion, with no mitigation measures provided by the applicant, then this application must be refused. There are many other points which have been cited by objectors including myself and both parish councils, but this lack of any proposals for mitigation is astounding in its absence.

August 2018

See my initial response objecting to this application.

Manor Oak Homes have now submitted their formal outline planning application (18/01260/OUT – Outline application for up to 400 dwellings, a 2ha site for a new primary school and associated vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access, car parking, open space and landscape works (access to be considered) – Land South Of Wistow Road Kibworth Harcourt Leicestershire. [actual access will be in Kibworth Beauchamp]

Comments according to HDC website can be accepted up to 6 September, but it is quite possible that this deadline will be extended.

HDC full council on Monday 30 July voted through some changes to public speaking rules for planning applications, in brief:

  • The Planning Committee size will be reduced from 12 to 9 councillors, and consist of 7 Conservative councillors and 2 Liberal Democrat councillors.
  • There will also be no ‘trigger points’ relating to the number of objections received (previously set at 7) for an application to go for decision at committee.
  • Members of the public an request that a District councillor “call in” an application to be considered by the Planning Committee.
  • The Planning Committee will only consider applications of 25 properties or more – or applications for commercial floor space of 10,000 square metres or more. As is currently the case, any application for which planning consent would be contrary to adopted planning policy will also be decided by the planning committee.
  • With effect from the next Planning Committee on 4 September 2018, a maximum of 3 people will be able to speak in favour of a planning application, and a maximum of 3 people will be able to speak against it (or time equivalent if for example supporters outweigh objectors) for up to three minutes per person.  In addition, a representative from the parish council, within which the application lies, will also be able to speak for or against an application, for up to three minutes, if they choose to do so. District Ward councillors will also be able to speak for up to five minutes each. [In the case of the Manor Oaks Homes application for 400 houses, representatives from both Kibworth Parish Councils will be able to speak as the site straddles both parishes]
  • Potential speakers on an application that is on the Planning Committee agenda must register in writing by 12 noon not less than two working days before the Planning Committee, i.e. if Committee is on a Tuesday, the request must be lodged by 12 noon the previous Friday). Requests to speak speakers will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.

The Kibworths Neghbourhood Plan was ‘made’ i.e. adopted in January 2018 and this proposed site is outside the defined limits of development, as accepted by the Inspector and HDC.

April 2018

18/00695/SCP | Proposed Residential Led Mixed Use Development Request for a Scoping Opinion under Regulation 15 of the Town and County Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 | Land South Of Wistow Road Kibworth Harcourt (actually Beauchamp) Leicestershire

Manor Oak Homes provided on 16 April several documents to HDC  as part of their formal request for an EIA Scoping Opinion including an overarching report and specific documents relating to highways and air quality in order to show the likely effects of the development on the environment.

  • EIA Scoping Request – covering letter
  • Appendix 1 – Red line plan
  • Appendix 2 – Masterplan sketch 40508 026D
  • Appendix 3 – 18-00415-SCR Screening opinion document (from HDC)
  • Appendix 3 – 18-00415-SCR Screening opinion matrix (002) (from HDC)
  • Appendix 4 – Air Quality scoping document
  • Appendix 5 – Highways scoping document April 2018
  • Appendix 6 – Cumulative sites plan

Comments can be made on the HDC planning website.

Once HDC are satisfied that the scope of these documents meets the Regulation 15 then Manor Oak Homes will begin producing the necessary documentation to meet the request for a scoping opinion.  If HDC are satisfied with the outcome, then I anticipate an outline (access only) planning application will be submitted latest this year.

March 2018

18/00415/SCR | Screening Opinion in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, in respect of proposals for residential development and a 2 form of entry primary school at Land West of Warwick Road, Kibworth Harcourt (actually Beauchamp).

The opinion is sought on a development of 400 houses and includes a site for a 2 entry primary school.  The location is against the railway line off Warwick Road, opposite the 110 Miller Homes estate (now given full planning permission).

This screening opinion was accepted by Harborough District Council on 2 March 2018. The letter requests an opinion on whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is needed – HDC have 21 days to respond.

HDC responded on 23 March requesting that an EIA be carried out.