This Blaby sham left a sour taste
Re: Martin Smith'sletter (Mailbox, October 29) regarding the proposal to build a new Lubbesthorpe.
Blaby District Council is no longer "rural". The development control committee (planning committee) is set up with 17 district councillors.
I believe they sit every month to discuss planning proposals in the council chamber at Narborough.
Although you cannot speak without giving written notice, it is open to the public.
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I know this because a group of us locals strongly objected to the plan to build on the Woodlands at Narborough. The plans were rejected by the committee on two occasions unanimously. We had lobbied every councillor by phone or in person.
The case went to appeal and an inspector was appointed. We had three days of intense discussion, Blaby District Council appointed a legal team and had the local planning officers on hand to argue our case.
Quite honestly, I don't think their hearts were in it as they had originally recommended approval, but we made our opinions heard – noisily with intent.
At the end of the appeal, we thought we had won the day.
Looking back, I now realise how naive we were.
Arranged against us were barristers, solicitors and their clerks, highly experienced building experts, highways, environmental and arboriculture officers, all highly knowledgeable in their own field. The landowner, a charity, was also in attendance.
I dread to think of the cost to developer Taylor Wimpey, it must have been tens of thousands of pounds.
To have any chance at all, the objectors to Lubbesthorpe will have to have a line-up of professional knowledgeable expensive experts to assist their case – and remember, the Government want this to go ahead. Many building companies will be prepared to financially support the proposal.
I hope our experience helps you and I wish all you objectors success.
Houses are now springing up over the Woodlands, a piece of parkland lost forever to future generations.
Geoff Fairgrieve, Narborough.