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400 homes plan back on table despite ongoing inquiry

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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LONG-running plans for 400 homes as well as an ‘urgently needed’ medical centre and primary school have been resubmitted following their refusal last year.

The plans for Holywell Spring Farm, in Burton Road, Ashby, have been resubmitted despite a public inquiry into the refusal of the proposals still being in progress.

CLB (Ashby) Limited is pressing forward with the application for 400 homes, an extra care facility for the elderly, a primary school, medical centre and convenience shop, even though North West Leicestershire District Council have said the development was ‘not in the preferred direction for growth in Ashby’.

Rupert Young, development director, for CLB (Ashby), said: “The proposals at Holywell Spring Farm offer substantial benefits, including the delivery of an urgently needed new medical centre for the town, a new shop and primary school, an extra care development for the elderly and a choice of new housing, including affordable housing.”

Mr Young had said he believed CLB (Ashby) had a ‘very good case’ when it was revealed the council’s rejection of the plans was going to a public inquiry.

However, the public inquiry has been adjourned until October and in the meantime, the developers have decided to again seek planning permission ‘taking into account changes in circumstances since permission was refused’.

In accompanying documents submitted by Caulmert Limited on CLB (Ashby) Limited’s behalf, it sets out what it sees as the benefits of the proposed scheme.

It says: “The proposals would make a significant contribution to the council’s five year housing land supply and would assist the local authority in significantly boosting the supply of housing.

“The primary care trust has identified the existing Ashby Health Centre as red rated, scoring the highest in the county in terms of development needs.

“This is because the facility does not have sufficient consulting rooms to meet the requirements of patients and the quality of the building does not allow expansion.

“A letter from Ashby Health Centre expands on the ‘urgent need’ for the proposed medical centre at Holywell Spring Farm.

“The proposals would provide a site for a 210 place primary school to accommodate the pupils generated by the proposed development.”

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