Objection Letters Needed – Now!

There are 4 applications currently being considered by the District Council.

Stop Press – We have just heard that there is 5th one next to Botts Lane and behind Top St (Application No. 13/00697/OUTM).  More notes on this to follow. Also a ‘consultation’ event on Thursday 28th, 5-7.30pm at the school about a 6th next to Didcott Way.

You can object to them all, or just the ones you are particularly concerned about.

 

Letters of objection (quoting the reference numbers) shou.ld be made to:

Jenny Davies, Planning Department
North West Leicestershire District Council
Council Offices
Coalville
Leicestershire LE67 3FJ

Or you can object online via the District Council’s website (see our housing page where you can download instructions on how to do this).  You can also find details of all the applications there.

Personal letters with points important to you are best but here are some suggestions of relevant points to include.

You might start any letter by saying:
Appleby is facing many planning applications. The council should consider these together and recognise that the village can only absorb a small number of houses without changing its character.

Bowleys Lane / Church Street (26 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00799/FULM)
• This field is higher than the surrounding roads. Two and a half storey houses will dominate the surrounding listed buildings and conservation area, changing the historic character of the village.
• This field is well used by local people for recreation. It is an important open space in the village and should be preserved.
• Church Street and Bowleys Lane are both narrow winding roads which are unsuitable for the extra traffic that would be caused and would be dangerous to pedestrians and horse riders. Attempts to widen these roads or otherwise change them to take more cars will spoil them.
• This area is subject to flooding. More hard surfaces will only make this problem worse.

Measham Road (73 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00797/FULM)
• This is a very large application which will put a strain on local facilities such as the school. There is no local employment on this scale.
• Having a large block of new houses at this entrance to the village will change the character of Appleby as an attractive rural village. The field is higher than the road which will add to the dominance of this development.
• This field is part of the countryside between Appleby and the major road network. This makes Appleby a distinctive rural settlement.
• Measham Rd is a village road not suitable for the extra traffic that will be generated.
• This area is subject to flooding. More hard surfaces will only make this problem worse.

Measham Road (8 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00829/OUT)
• This green field next to the conservation area has been assessed as important to the character of the village in appeals against previous applications. Details of house design and location should be provided before the application is considered.
• This area is subject to flooding. More hard surfaces will only make this problem worse.

BlackHorse Hill (2 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00809/OUT)
• This green field next to the conservation area is important to the character of the village. Details of house design and location should be provided before the application is considered.
• Building into countryside outside the current built shape of the village will set a precedent for future applications.

 

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