Prison planning appeal allowed

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has allowed a planning appeal for a new Category B prison in Leicestershire.

Harborough District Council had refused the application for the 82,555m2 prison.

Despite the planning inspector recommending that the appeal should be dismissed and planning permission refused, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, Michael Gove, has given the proposals the green light.

A document from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities says: “Weighing in favour of the proposal are the need for the prison which carries significant weight, the economic benefits which carry significant weight, the qualitative benefits of the proposal which carry significant weight, and the claimed lack of alternative sites which carries very limited weight.

“The benefit of 26% biodiversity net gain, the dual use of this land as upgraded and improved open space for local residents, and the benefit of charging points for cars collectively carry moderate weight. Weighing against the proposal are the harm to the character and appearance of the area which carries significant weight, the lack of sustainability and accessibility which carries significant weight, and the impact on air quality which carries minimal weight.”

The 1,700-inmate prison, adjacent to the

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