Sunday, August 25, 2013

Demonstration at Glebe Road, Market Harborough

This morning local residents held a demonstration at Glebe Road, Little Bowden, about the continuing problems being caused by the new housing development there. I went along and also met the Liberal Democrat county councillor Dr Sarah Hill there.

The residents want the developers, Redrow Homes, to accept responsibility for the run off for the run off of water, mud and slurry from the site and make good any damage it has caused to their houses and gardens. They also want Redrow Homes to improve the drainage of the site (as was required by the original planning permission) and fund the increased insurance premiums that many residents are facing because of the risk of flooding that now exists in the area.

The site being developed is an old brick pit which was used for the dumping of domestic and industrial refuse for decades. Because of this, and the way that it can be seen from across the town, Harborough District Council went as far as a planning appeal in an attempt to prevent development on the site.

In his judgment the planning inspector said, in effect, that it was not a good site for housing, but as the district had not reached its target for new houses he was going to punish it by allowing development there.

If you want to know more about this affair, follow Glebe Road Farce on Twitter.

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