The result of the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council's planning committee regarding plans to build a driverless car track on part of Bosworth Battlefield is great news for those of us who objected to the plans.
Dan Martin, reporting on the meeting on Leicestershire Live, reported that councillors voted 12 to 2 to defer on a decision tonight. This was following Councillor Stuart Bray's proposal to defer a decision. Dan Martin wrote:
"Committee member Stuart Bray says this is one of the most difficult planning applications he has ever debated. He says MIRA is a world leader in its field but the battlefield is of huge historic significance. He wants a deferral. He says it cannot be ‘beyond the wit of MIRA’ to come up with a plan that does not affect the battlefield. It’s a balancing exercise. He wants a rethink. He says MIRA are should be able to deliver for the future without wrecking the past."
While this is not the best news that we could have hoped for, I believe that a deferral is good news. It allows time for more people to air their objections and for the planning committee to take on board the objections of historians who know just how significant this piece of land is.
Thank you to all those who took the time to object and to share news of these plans. If you haven't already done so, please sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/planning-hinckley-bosworth-gov-uk-stop-building-a-high-test-track-on-bosworth-battlefield.