A decision on 93 homes next to a popular country park has been postponed while legal advice is sought.
Councillors have postponed their decision on the controversial scheme near Bradgate Park in Leicestershire.
The proposal to develop pasture land between Ashby Road and the A50, to the north of the village of Markfield, has proved unpopular with neighbours concerned about traffic and the impact on village services.
LeicestershireLive reports that residents are also worried that despite Markfield being in the Hinckley and Bosworth borough, most of the application site is within Charnwood local government area and the council there has already approved the application.
However, the planning committee at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has deferred its decision on the issue of access to the site in its area.
Many councillors spoke out to voice their concerns about the application, and have put off their decision so they can find out how the application might proceed if they refuse the access.
Coun Andy Furlong, who represents the village, pointed out that the new homes would increase pressure on village infrastructure.
He said the village is already set to expand as 282 homes are being built to the south, and views from the north of the village should be protected.
He said: “To the north and to the west, Markfield abuts Charnwood Forest, and the street scene on the current northern boundary of the village reflects this.
“You’ve got uninterrupted views, other than the trees, across a dry stone wall, rolling green fields, Bradgate Park to the right, Bardon Hill to the left.
“And it’s that vista that creates a sense of place for those that are fortunate to live in that part of the village.
“Political geography is another matter, and lines drawn on maps sometimes bear no relationship whatsoever to the lived experience, and this application brings that problem into sharp relief.”
Markfield resident Spencer Dyer said previously: “The impact on this community would be very severe, with the already agreed 290 homes development in the village – as voted for in the Markfield [neighbourhood] plan.
“The plan was well structured and fair to the needs of the local community and also the future housing needs set out by the Government.
“The land off Ashby Road is an area of open green space in an unspoilt area of the Charnwood Forest and whilst this field is actually in Charnwood Borough (Ashby Road is the borderline), it is intrinsically in and part of Markfield village – and therefore have a significant impact upon the services and infrastructure of the village.”
The application will be considered again in January.
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