MP for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, is encouraging residents of Blaby to have their say on an upcoming appeal to overturn a planning application for a new gypsy site in the village which was refused by the local council last year.
An application to construct two residential gypsy pitches, alongside room for mobile homes, touring caravans and a utility block on land off Sycamore Street in Blaby was submitted to Blaby District Council last year – the application attracted over 500 objections from local people before it was refused; the applicants however have now appealed this decision to the Planning Inspectorate with the hearing due in the next few weeks.
In advance of the hearing, residents are able to submit their comments to the Planning Inspectorate in order for local views to be considered alongside the appeal – the closing date for making representations is 3rd November.
Alberto said, “I would really encourage constituents in Blaby to please have their say in relation to this appeal for the refused planning application at Land off Sycamore Street in the village. I know residents were deeply concerned about these proposals and their potential impact on the local area, and I was very pleased to support them in seeing these plans refused. However, with the application due to be heard at an appeal hearing in early course, I would ask Blaby residents to please once again take this opportunity to make their voices heard”.
Alberto added, “I have already written to the Planning Inspectorate on this matter and will be doing so again this week in order to ensure that they aware of the strength of local feeling in opposing these plans. Blaby District Council listened to my constituents and refused this application on particularly strong grounds last year, so I do hope the Planning Inspectorate will listen to the understandable concerns of residents and make the correct decision in this case”.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can send your comments to James Pocock, Room 3/B, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
All representations should quote the appeal reference APP/T2405/W/20/3264047.