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Alan welcomes Houghton on the Hill planning decision

Alan has welcomed the news that the Planning Inspectorate has rejected an appeal from the Co-Operative Group to construct up to 32 dwellings on the edge of Houghton on the Hill.

In a letter to Alan, the Inspector outlined her decision, citing the ‘harmful effect on the character and appearance of the area’ and concluding that the ‘adverse impacts of granting permission would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits’.

Alan called last August for the original application to be rejected by Harborough District Council, which it duly was. When the Co-Op appealed the decision, Alan wrote again to the Planning Inspectorate in January this year re-iterating his opposition and stating that if the appeal were granted it would ‘make a mockery of local opinion.’

Alan said: ‘This is excellent news. Local people didn’t want the development and when it came down to it the environmental and aesthetic impact of the proposal simply outweighed whatever economic case there might have been for it. I will always fight to preserve the rural character of villages in Leicestershire & Rutland and am glad to have worked with local people to see this application off.’