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Developer told to fork out more for community.

DEVELOPERS have failed to overturn a decision denying them planning permission to build 375 new houses on Hinckley's Hollycroft Estate.

A government inspector has ruled that Jelson, the developer, must increase its contribution of pounds 100,000 towards community facilities.

As a result, future negotiations could see residents gain extra amenities, including more shops, play areas and medical services.

The 36-acre site is off Clifton Way and Outlands Drive.

Jelson appealed at a public inquiry in May against Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council's decision to block permission.

But Chris Turner, who conducted the inquiry, said contributions were inadequate in respect to affordable housing, community facilities, and primary health care provision.

Cllr David Bill (Lib Dem, Burbage) welcomed the decision. He said: "The Hollycroft group of councillors now want to work with all concerned with this huge part of town to ensure that this decision translates into real facilities."

Bill Cullen, head of planning at the council, added: "As far as we're concerned, we are in a strong position now to be able to negotiate very positively with the developer."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 9, 2004
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