Simon Galton

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Jelsons appeal to the Secretary of State against council’s refusal to approve plans for 130 houses off Pulford Drive, Thurnby

by simongalton on 30 November, 2011

The pressure to build large numbers of houses on greenfield sites in Thurnby and Scraptoft continues with the news last week that Jelsons  submitted an appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse permission for up to 130 houses off Pulford Drive in Thurnby. This means that a Government appointed Inspector will review the Council’s decision and will be able to either dismiss the appeal, or overrule Harborough District Council and grant permission. 
At this stage we don’t know if the appeal will be decided by an exchange of written statements, an Informal Hearing or a full Public Inquiry which would take place at the Council Offices in a few months time. 
If you wrote to the Council about the application refused in November, you should automatically receive a letter from HDC informing you of the appeal, the method by which it will be decided and details of how to make further objections to the Inspector. 
This was not completely unexpected given that Davidsons have also appealed against the decision to refuse their application off Station Lane, Scraptoft for 100 dwellings. We will keep you informed as the appeal progresses and when we know how the appeal is to be decided, we will either be writing to the Inspector or making arrangements to address the Inquiry to urge him/her to uphold the Planning Committee’s decision to refuse this proposal.
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