A COUNCILLOR fears villages in North West Leicestershire could be left unprotected against the threat of housing developments following the withdrawal of the district council’s draft core strategy.
The strategy, which sets out where new homes will be built in the district over the next 20 years, is set to be scrapped after issues were raised by a planning inspector.
Senior members of North West Leicestershire District Council were left fuming at being forced to make the decision which they fear could leave them powerless to prevent developments, which they feel could have a detrimental impact on the district, from going ahead.
Bryan Weston, mayor of Ashby Woulds Town Council added his voice to the concerns.
He is still smarting from a decision to approve plans to build 80 houses on land off Measham Road, Moira, despite protests from the town council and fears the withdrawal of the core strategy could make the situation worse for his constituents.
He said: “If there is no strategy and the Government’s instructions are that we’ve got to have reserves of land available for hundreds of homes, there is no defence against building houses. They could build houses anywhere.”
The decision has created uncertainty regarding future housing developments in the district.
The district council’s planning chief Trevor Pendleton said: “There is a serious risk of areas where we don’t want to see development taking place being built on over the next few years if we don’t have the core strategy in place.”