Leicester

Melton Borough Council backs plan for 1,000 homes

A long-term strategy that calls for 1,000 new homes in Leicestershire borough has been approved despite opposition from residents.

Melton Borough Council's plans will now be considered further by an independent inspector.

Melton North Action Group said the plans for new homes and a travellers' site on the north edge of Melton Mowbray were unacceptable.

The plan calls for new homes to deal with projected growth by 2026.

The council approved a draft of the plan in February and held a six-week consultation on the strategy which received representations from 150 groups.

Some residents said the development would put "unacceptable traffic levels" on roads in the area and "destroy local wildlife habitats".

Despite the objections, including a 2,400-name petition, the council said the plan would result in jobs and growth in the borough.

The core strategy also calls for a new relief road to deal with increased traffic.

A council official said an assessment of the demand for traveller and gypsy accommodation would be done to decide where to locate a new site.

The plan is not expected to be formally adopted until early 2013.

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