A planning application by Gladman Developments for 220 houses on land north of Hospital Lane in Blaby has been refused by the Planning Inspectorate.
The proposed development, on land owned by Leicestershire County Council, has been the only application that has sought to bypass Blaby District Council and apply directly to the Planning Inspectorate, following the Government’s decision to place the Council in ‘special measures’ last year.
James Carpenter, Development Services Manager at Blaby District Council, said: “The reason that the District Council was put in ‘special measures’ was because it took the approach of working with applicants and our local communities when determining planning applications without regard to a retrospectively imposed government deadline of 13 weeks. Government appear to disagree that we should spend time making sure developments are the best they can be, and would seemingly prefer we just churned out decisions.”
The Hospital Lane application was submitted directly to the Planning Inspectorate on 23 April 2014. A public hearing took place at Leicester Racecourse on 17 June 2014, in which the developers and Blaby District Council gave their representations to the Planning Inspectorate.
Decision and Statement of Reasons
Decision covering letter to LPA
Statement of reasons
Notes to editors
Under the policy, local planning authorities which determine 30% or fewer of the major planning applications that come before them within the statutory period, or have more than 20% of their decisions overturned at appeal can be designated as underperforming.
Developers can then choose to submit major planning applications directly to the Planning Inspectorate for determination instead of the Council.
Blaby District Council was put in ‘special measures’ for the time it was taking to determine major planning applications.