A new £170m prison in Leicestershire moved a step closer after plans to build the new site were approved.
But local residents are not happy with plans to replace the Glen Parva Young Offenders Institute with a prison for more than 1600 inmates.
Outline planning permission to demolish the existing Glen Parva site, which was built in the 1970s as a borstal, and replace it with a new prison were approved last night.
Residents have expressed concern about the proximity of their homes to the expanded prison, the extra traffic this will cause and noise from inmates.
A number of protests against the plans have taken place. Members of the local action group Leicester Prison Resistance demonstrated recently outside Blaby District Council offices.
Blaby District Council said the proposed plans are in ‘general conformity’ with the overarching policies of the development plan.
It added: “The plans for a replacement and expanded prison will contribute to the governments commitment to creating up to 10,000 modern prison places aimed at reducing overcrowding and improving conditions.”
The Ministry of Justice must now submit more detailed plans to the council before work can begin on the site.
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