Planning permission

Find out about the planning and revised planning application process for this scheme which began in 2018.

Revised Planning Application (March 2023) 

During the detailed design of the scheme, it was necessary to make some minor changes to reduce overall costs. These changes are subject to a revised planning application known as a Section 73 application.

Details of this revised planning application can be found in the planning portal - you may need to click on the 'Agree' button at the bottom of the page to see details.

This has now been submitted to seek approval for the variation of several conditions of the approved North and East Melton Mowbray Distributor Road scheme. The amendments being sought to the scheme are not of a scale or nature that would result in a significantly different development than the originally approved.  

We are currently constructing the scheme in line with our approved planning consent, until these further changes are approved:

  • Levels: the depth of the cut and height of fill has been reduced from Roundabout 1 to Roundabout 5 to reduce the earthworks required. 
  • Roundabouts 1 to 4: to be reduced in size by approximately 10m, 18m, 10m and 6m respectively. 
  • Roundabout 2: one arm is to be removed as the development access is now provided directly from Scalford Road. 
  • Shared cycle/footway: to be realigned to follow the crest of cutting and bottom of the embankment where feasible to enable a reduction in earthworks. 

If you have any queries regarding these changes, please contact the project team at

Approved Planning Application (October 2018) 

A planning application for the North and East Melton Mowbray Distributor Road was submitted in October 2018 and subsequently granted on Thursday 23 May 2019, subject to conditions; some of which are listed below: 

  • The development shall be commenced within 3 years from the date of the permission. 
  • Operational hours — Apart from some exemptions no operations shall be carried out at the site except between the following times: 0700 hours and 1900 hours Monday to Friday; and 0800 hours and 1300 hours Saturday. There shall be no operations on Sundays or public or bank holidays. 
  • Ecology — Prior to commencement of construction works, a detailed Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) shall be Submitted to and approved in writing by the County Planning Authority.  
  • Landscaping — The planting of all trees, wildflower grassland, scrub, hedgerows and marginal aquatic vegetation shall be locally native species. Final landscaping plans shall be submitted to and approved by the County Planning Authority prior to implementation of the landscaping works and provide for a biodiversity net gain. 
  • River Eye — The scheme shall make provision for compensatory habitat creation including its management and monitoring and shall be implemented as approved. Thereafter, the development shall be implemented in accordance with the approved scheme. 
  • Materials — The road shall be constructed utilising a low road noise surface material as proposed in the submitted application. 
  • Flood risk — The development hereby permitted shall not be commenced until such time as a scheme to provide compensatory floodplain storage (as detailed in section 4.2, p36 of the submitted Flood Risk Assessment — See planning application. It has been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the County Planning Authority. 

Further details of the approved planning application can be found in the planning portal - you may need to click on the 'Agree' button at the bottom of the page to see details.

Distribution of the planning application

Details of the planning application were distributed to around 1000 properties within approximately 500m of the proposed route together with information at community locations/events such as the library, and borough council offices. Posters were also placed at key locations throughout the town. 

Drop-in information events at Melton Borough Council Offices were held on 15, 19 and 20 October 2018 and were well received, with nearly 300 people attending. 

A simulated 3D flyover video of the proposal was produced by AECOM and was available at the drop-in events.