Round-up of planning committee decisions – 20 July 2021

Published Wednesday 21 July 2021

Harborough District Council’s planning committee met on 20 July 2021 to consider a number of applications, and other matters, with the following outcomes:

  • An application to add four traveller pitches to one of the existing pitches at Mere Road, Bitteswell, was refused. 
  • The conversion of the Grade II listed Fisher German offices in High Street, Market Harborough, to 21 dwellings, was approved subject to a Section 106 with a viability review mechanism being agreed. The plans would see the creation of 11 one/two bed apartments, alongside a two-storey extension to the rear and two detached buildings forming a mews style development of a further 10 new dwellings.
  • Plans for 33 houses in Coventry Road, Lutterworth, were approved, subject to conditions including that the development should begin in no less than three years and that materials used for the properties should be agreed with the Council to safeguard the appearance of the development and the character of the area. The application is part of the larger site which has outline permission for 250 homes and associated access.
  • Plans for a new house in Main Street, Great Bowden, were refused due to impact on neighbouring properties.
  • Plans for a new home in Leicester Road, Kibworth Harcourt, were approved.
  • The application for reserved matters for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping relating an extension of logistics hub Magna Park in Mere Lane, Bittesby was approved with conditions, including the maintenance and management of the landscape infrastructure of the site. Reserved matters are those aspects of a proposed development which an applicant is not required to submit with an outline planning application. The site already has outline planning for up to 419,800sqm of storage and distribution buildings, with a Logistics Institute of Technology, playing field, small business space, conference and exhibition centre, Country Park, and other open space, along with other infrastructure. It was considered that the reserved matters were broadly in accordance with details set out at the outline application stage and are therefore considered acceptable.
  • The planning committee refused an application in Harrod Drive, Market Harborough, for the  removal of a garage and building of a new property. The committee said the development by virtue of its scale, siting, materials and appearance, would have an unacceptably harmful effect on the character and appearance of the area.
  • Plans to convert a double garage into a living space and two sheds in Alvington Way, Market Harborough, were approved.
  • Amendments were approved to the Agreed S106 Contributions for Lutterworth East Amendments to reflect ongoing discussions between the applicants (Leicestershire County Council) and Harborough District Council and changes to circumstances since the Planning Committee meeting of the 28 July 2020 – when planning permission was granted – including the principle of the requirement for land to be reserved for the provision of a Leisure facility on site, the provision of wheelie bins to homes, the increased cost of providing the required primary schools on site, and other aspects.