Charnwood Plans Committee Meeting to decide the outcome of the proposed Bloor Home development (application No. P/14/0641/2) was held on the Thursday 14th August, in the Victoria Room at Loughborough Town Hall. Planning Officers had already recommended approval of the application.
Bob Newnham spoke on behalf of the residents, along with Counsellor Robert Sharp, putting the strong case for the rejection of the application.
The decision was reached on the evening that the development should be refused. Full details of the decision were published on the CBC website on the 22nd August. A summary of the decision is included below :
Whilst it is acknowledged that the Council does not have sufficient housing land available to meet housing needs for a five year period and that there is a presumption in favour of sustainable development, the cumulative detrimental impact of the development does not outweigh the benefit secured by the additional supply of housing land and the development is considered to be unsustainable.
The cumulative detrimental impacts are considered to be the remoteness of the site from local services and facilities, lack of good access to existing public transport systems which would help to reduce car use and failure to protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the landscape.
Taken together, the proposal would cause cumulative impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefit of the development meeting the Borough’s housing supply shortfall.
The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims of paragraphs 6, 7, 14, 17, 34 and 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework and does not therefore constitute sustainable development. The proposal is also contrary to policies CS1 and CS11 of the Charnwood Local Plan Core Strategy 2006 – 2028, and policies ST/1, ST/2, EV/18, CT/2, TR/6, RT/4 and RT/12 of the Borough of Charnwood Local Plan 2004, with weight being given to such policies according to their consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework.