Green light for 49 new homes in Leicestershire following successful planning appeal


Permission has been granted for the construction of 49 market and affordable homes near Thornton Reservoir, Leicestershire

The proposal for plans to develop a three hectare site off Hawthorn Drive first emerged in 2014 – with the third and latest application being turned down by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council in July 2021.

Marrons Planning co-ordinated the planning appeal, including the day to day management, on behalf of developer Barwood Homes and landowner J H Hallam & Son Limited, and the development was allowed in May 2022.

Andrew Gore, partner at Marrons Planning, provided planning evidence at the public inquiry, which clearly demonstrated a housing land supply shortfall; that the housing and settlement boundary policies were substantively out-of-date; and that there was an acute affordable housing shortfall in the borough; as well as the accessible, sustainable nature of the site.

He said: “We are delighted that permission for this scheme has now been granted. We worked positively with council officers throughout the application process – ultimately delivering a recommendation of approval at the planning committee, which was subsequently overturned by members.

“The scheme will provide a range of house types and sizes, creating a sustainable, inclusive and mixed community, while also increasing footfall and revenue for the village’s shops. The delivery of 20 affordable dwellings – 40% of the development’s total – will make an important contribution to meeting the council’s affordable housing need.

“A large area of public open space will also be constructed, alongside the improved management of a woodland belt – delivering ecological enhancements with biodiversity benefits.”

The development will produce 19 three-bedroom and 10 four-bedroom houses to be sold on the market, and 20 affordable homes, including four one-bedroom homes, eight two-bedroom houses, and eight three-bedroom properties.

The site has been the subject of a number of previous planning applications – the first of which was submitted in December 2014. Despite being recommended for approval by officers, it was refused at planning committee in March 2015. A revised planning application was submitted in April 2016 and was again refused in June 2016. The latest application was submitted in June 2020.

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Andrew has in excess of 16 years’ planning experience

Andrew works primarily with house-builders, land promoters and landowners across the country in securing consent for medium to large-scale residential and commercial development, including a number of SUEs and new settlements.

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