Miller Homes

Approval of Reserved Matters Obtained on Appeal for 170 Dwellings at Great Glen, near Leicester

10 September 2019

The planning team at Ridge are delighted to have obtained planning permission on behalf of Miller Homes at appeal for 170 dwellings at Land North of Oaks Road, Great Glen.

The proposal was refused by Harborough District Council on landscape grounds confirming that the proposed dwellings would damage the character and amenity of the area.

Outline planning permission had been granted in 2017, however there had been a subsequent outline application refused on the same site at appeal. Ridge was able to convince the Inspector however that as the proposed scheme was submitted in connection with the approved outline scheme, it was purely the information that was excluded at the approved outline stage which should be under consideration. The Inspector agreed that he was therefore only able to consider the acceptability of the submitted details; there was no scope to reconsider matters that were dealt with at outline stage. The previous Inspector’s concerns relating to the principle of developing the site for housing were therefore of limited relevance in this case.

With regard to the impact of the proposal upon the landscape, the Inspector accepted the argument presented by Ridge that the proposed dwellings would not significantly harm the character and appearance of the local landscape. The Inspector also agreed that the proposed density would be in keeping with the pattern of development in the adjoining settlement. The Inspector concluded that the proposal complied with the requirements of national and local planning policy.

The proposal included a variety of house types and 40% affordable housing ( a matter which was resolved at the outline stage).

For a copy of the appeal decision, please click here.