Little Meadow

Little Meadow site plan, August 2017

A new planning application (reference 17/00355/RVC) has been submitted to vary the conditions of the planning consent granted for Little Meadow on Corby Road to allow for up to four mobile homes to be present on the site at any one time. This replaces the previous planning application submitted in August 2016 (which has now been withdrawn) to increase the number of mobile homes on the site to six.

The current conditions, granted in February 2014, allow for two caravans on the site at any one time (of which no more than one shall be a static caravan) and a utility / day room. The agent’s Planning Statement supporting the current application states that the additional mobile homes are all for occupation by members of the applicant’s family and has proposed inclusion of a planning condition that “all occupants of the residential units…shall solely be members, dependants, spouses or in laws of the applicant’s family (or possess a maiden name as such) at all times.” 

At meeting of Cottingham Parish Council’s planning committee on Wednesday 26 July, the Parish Council agreed to oppose the application.

You can view the planning application and associated papers on Corby Borough Council’s planning portal at https://publicaccess.corby.gov.uk/publicaccess/

Submitting your comments (deadline 11 August 2017)

The deadline for submitting comments on this planning application is 5pm on 11 August 2017 and you can submit your comments in the following ways:


Background


August 2016 - planning application to increase number of homes on site to six (subsequently withdrawn)

A planning application was submitted in August 2016 (reference 16/00337/RVC) to vary the conditions of the planning consent granted for Little Meadow on Corby Road, so as to allow for up to six mobile homes to be present on the site at any one time. With no decision having been made on this planning application well into 2017, it was subsequently withdrawn to be replaced in July 2017 with planning application reference 17/00355/RVC to increase the number of homes on the site to four.

A meeting of Cottingham Parish Council’s planning committee was held on Thursday 25 August to consider the planning application Attended by around 30 to 40 people, the main points and concerns raised by residents were:

  • Corby Borough Council has exceeded its required allocation for traveller pitches in the Borough.
  • The site entrance already causes a hazard on an unlit, 60 mph, narrow rural road and has caused problems in the past.
  • There are already issues with sewerage and outfall.
  • The site lies on a regional green infrastructure corridor and the existing development is already unsuitable for this rural environment (when allowing the appeal for permanent residency in 2014, the Planning Inspector acknowledged that the development was harmful to both the character and appearance of the area, but that this harm was outweighed by the material consideration as it related to the specific requirement for a site to meet the need of the appellant at that particular time).

Cottingham Parish Council opposed the application.


2012 to 2014 - permanent planning permission granted at appeal

An application for the site’s temporary planning permission to be made permanent was turned down by Corby Borough Council in April 2012. This decision was subsequently overturned at appeal by the Planning Inspector in February 2014. The Inspector granted permanent, non-personal permission for the site subject to conditions. Although the Inspector agreed with many of the points made by Corby Borough Council in relation to harm, and the approach taken to try and negotiate with the appellant during the application process, other matters were given more weight which is why consent has been given.

View 2014 appeal decision


March 2009 - Cottingham Parish Council legal case withdrawn

On the advice of its appointed solicitors, Cottingham Parish Council took the decision to withdraw its case contesting the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to uphold the Little Meadow planning appeal. The reasons for this decision were explained in detail at a special meeting held in the Village Hall Annex on Monday 2 March.


April 2007 - Fighting Fund established

Cottingham Parish Council gained approval from nearly 200 people at a public meeting to challenge the Planning Inspector’s decision in the High Court. A ‘fighting fund’ was set up and villagers donated £17,500 to help fight the case.

Grounds for appeal
Fighting Fund leaflet
Parish Council mandate form (for fighting fund)
Letter from Phil Hope MP to Minister of State, Yvette Cooper


March 2007 - Temporary planning permission granted at appeal

The Planning Inspector upheld both appeals and granted temporary planning permission for five years “for the stationing of no more than two caravans, as defined in the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and the Caravan Sites Act 1968 (of which no more than one shall be a static caravan or mobile home)”.

View 2007 appeal decision


May 2006 - Appeal submitted following Corby Borough Council's refusal of planning permssion

After planning permission for a mobile home on Little Meadow had been refused by Corby Borough Council, appeals were submitted against the refusal of planning permission and also against an enforcement notice to remove the tarmac on the site and reinstate the land to pasture.