Refuse Oaks Road 18/01082/REM

Refuse Oaks Road 18/01082/REM

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Jane Jones started this petition to Harborough District Council and

This reserved matters application should be refused in light of its unique planning history. 
An identical outline scheme was rejected at committee in May last year and rejected on appeal in November. This appeal was fought and won by HOGG (with the Parish Council). We took full part in the appeal (as ‘objectors to Oaks Road’) with no help from the planners (who presented no evidence). However, we have been undermined by the planning officers who persuaded a second committee to reverse the previous decision (by considering a new, but identical application) then issued their own decision before the inspector had time to complete his report. It is common ground that the two applications are identical as confirmed in the Inspector’s report.
This scheme has an appeal decision hanging over it. The planning inspector confirmed that this development will cause overriding harm to landscape and does not conform to planning policy.
Despite this, the planning department is minded to approve a scheme of increased scale, that substantially raises site levels and downgrades or builds over envisaged landscape features, dominates existing properties and lets the developer off affordable housing.
Unlike this planning authority, another inspector would give his colleagues decision great weight and would be unlikely to accept anything less than an exemplary scheme (if at all). Miller Homes would have no realistic prospect of success at appeal. We would present evidence at appeal (as we did successfully before) to obtain a much better result.
If this scheme is approved, it will be a gross injustice to the community that fought and won the appeal and drive down standards of future development across the whole district.
It should be REFUSED because it does not comply with the design parameters envisaged at outline stage and does not do enough to mitigate the landscape harm identified by the Inspector. In addition it conflicts with Core strategy policies C17 requiring housing to be located and designed in a way sensitive to its setting, CS3 Affordable housing, and Neighbourhood plan policy GG14 ridge and furrow.

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