As we enter the seventh year after the Jelson Homes initial application to build around 300 units on land at Melton Road, we now have some clarity on their intentions. At a meeting of Charnwood Borough Council’s Plans Committee on 28th April 2016, after seeing a presentation of the Reserved Matters application and listening to presentations, plans committee member Councillor Margaret Smidovicz described the plans for the site as ‘Colditz’. Other committee members expressed concern at the inclusion of three storey buildings, declaring them to be out of place in this setting. Planning Offi cer Neil Thompson pointed out that the village already has three storey buildings elsewhere - as if making a bad mistake in one part of the village is a good reason to repeat the mistake in another.
During the meeting, the Plans Committee heard a presentation in support of the application from Jelson’s agent and objections from Peter Cantle for Barrow Parish Council, Councillor Pauline Ranson as our Ward Councillor and myself for BRAG - see www.busca.org.uk/village/BRAG-campaign.html
During the meeting, Plans Committee members Sandie Forrest and Pauline Ranson, both living in Barrow, were excluded from the discussion and voting. Both are opposed to this development.
After discussion the plan was passed, including the three storey buildings, by six votes to five, but concessions were won to hold discussion on the colour of the building materials (bricks) and the position and layout of the children’s play areas which had been sited away from property, close to the railway line and surface water drainage pond. By the way, to date, there is not an approved plan for foul drainage (sewers) and work cannot start until this is resolved. Outline planning permission for this site was awarded on Appeal in May 2013.
As always, I am sure that the Editor of Barrow Voice would welcome any comments from villagers, for publication, in support of this development or pointing out perceived benefits it might bring to the village.
Alan Willcocks, BRAG