Leicester

Hinckley 'Big Pit' homes plan approved

Hinckley Big Pit
Image caption Residents have fought for years to save the Big Pit site off Ashby Road Hinckley from development

A former clay pit in a Leicestershire town could soon be turned into a housing development despite concerns from local authorities.

The Big Pit in Hinckley, which was once a haven for wildlife, is claimed to be unsuitable due to the risk of flooding.

But a government planning inspector has approved plans to fill the pit and build up to 60 homes on the site.

No-one from the Department for Communities and Local Government was available to comment.

'Crazy decision'

The site off Ashby Road backs on a cemetery.

A proposal to build houses had previously been turned down by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council, but has been given the go ahead following an appeal by the applicant.

Hinckley councillor Michael Mullaney, who has campaigned against the plans, said it was a "crazy decision".

"Local people and their councillors know the Big Pit site is totally unsuitable for housing because of flooding concerns," said Mr Mullaney.

"It's a disgrace that a planning inspector has ignored the views of all the local people and councillors who wrote in to save the Big Pit."

He said he would continue to fight for changes to the planning laws to ensure planning inspectors from outside the area were unable to make local decisions.

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