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Plans to build on Hinckley nature feature turned down again

December 6, 2017 9:00 AM

Michael Mullaney and local residents are fighting to save Hinckley's Big Pit from development

Residents and Lib Dem councillors continue to fight for Hinckley's Big Pit nature feature

The latest plans to build houses on a Hinckley nature feature were voted down at Hinckley and Bosworth's Council's planning committee last night.

By a 12-4 vote the committee objected to a proposal to build 60 houses on the site.

The public gallery was packed with local residents who objected to the development on the Big Pit.

Speaking against the plans the local County Councillor for the area Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem: Hinckley De Montfort) said "The Big Pit is a totally unsuitable place for housing development. There is evidence going back hundreds of years of natural springs in the area.

"There are already problems with flooding in this part of Hinckley. It would be a massive mistake to build houses on this site."

Orbit social Housing group propose to build 60 houses on the site. Cllr Michael Mullaney called on them to finally drop their plans. "I really hope Orbit Housing will listen to this decision of the planning committee and to the views of the 1,700 people who signed a petition opposing development on the Big Pit. Orbit Housing say they are committed to local communities. The best way they can show that they are is now accepting that this is not a suitable site to build houses on, and not a suitable site, given the flooding risks, for their tenants to live on. It's time for Orbit to drop their plans to build on the Big Pit once and for all"