HMP Gartree Appeal allowed - comments from Harborough District Council

Published Wednesday 15 November 2023

Today (15 November 2023) The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has confirmed that the planning appeal for HMP Gartree has been allowed.

Comments from Harborough District Council and the Leader are below:

A spokesperson said: “The council acknowledges the decision of the Secretary of State. It is disappointing that Harborough District Council’s locally-taken decision to refuse permission has been overturned by Government allowing the planning appeal. We shall read the decision letter carefully to understand reasons for allowing the appeal, and how impact from the development is to be mitigated locally.”

Cllr Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “This is deeply disappointing news. The planning committee refused this. The community have real and justified fears for the infrastructure's ability to cope. Those who have held the position of Secretary of State throughout this consideration have declined my personal invitations to come here and see just how unsuitable this site is. I still maintain my view that this is the wrong place to build this. The government are intent on pushing this through - they will need to provide huge investment into the community and the infrastructure to help offset some of the negative impact on our community. I will be pushing for an early meeting with Neil O'Brien MP to review this and look at options."