The Big Pit Resistance Group in Hinckley

The Big Pit Resistance Group in Hinckley, campaigning against the building of 60 homes on The Big Pit.

Airel photo of the Big Pit in Hinckley
Airel photo of the Big Pit a former clay pit

13th January 2014 The Big Pit Resistance Group was created and had its first meeting in the Ashby Tavern, Ashby Road.

The green light was given by a Government inspector for Terry Poulton (owner of The Big Pit) to dump some 75,000 cubic metres into the former wildlife haven with up to 75 HGV deliveries a day as a precurser to the construction of some 60 homes.

Despite planning permission to fill and build on the pool being granted, campaigners (which include residents of Hinckley and local councillors) opposed to the fill-in of Hinckley’s Big Pit have launched a fighting fund and pledged to keep up the pressure to prevent the development of the Big Pit.

There are 27 conditions the builders will have to comply with which inculde: noise, drainage, highways, wildlife and the time limit imposed stating that the infilling of the pit must be completed within two years of work starting.

During the initial meeting of the resistance group, they attracted more than 100 people to the Ashby Tavern with feelings running high and a £150 collection.

A second meeting is in the pipeline and support is growing for the group’s Facebook Page.

For the history of The Big Pit please Click Here

BBC East Midlands Today feature on Hinckley's Big Pit.


The Newsletter below will bring you up to speed on what we are about and how well we are doing, please take a few minutes to have a read.

Issue 1 - January 2015

Main Details for application

Application Number: 2013/CM/0299/LCC (2013/0862/04)
Date Registered: 3rd September 2013
Date Valid: 13th October 2013
Council: Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
Parish\Town: Hinckley
Planning Case Officer: Mr Steve Marriott
Development Size: Major
Applicant: Mr John Kent
Agent: Simon Cheshire Planning
Site Name: Ashby Road, Hinckley
Location: 42, Ashby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1SL
Proposal: Outline application (access only) for residential development, including the importation of material and in-fill engineering works to former clay pit to enable residential development.
Application Status/Decision: Allowed
Date Received: 13th October 2013
Local Councillor: Mr David Bill & Mr Michael Mullaney
Application Type: County Matter

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