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Appeal: ‘Leper colony’ ancient monument not threatened by poultry farm


Permission has been given for the construction of a seven-shed poultry farm in Melton Mowbray after an inspector ruled that the development would not seriously harm the setting of the St Mary and St Lazarus hospital Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

The appeal site lies directly adjacent to the SAM, which used to house “the most important leper colony in England”, founded in the 12th century. Inspector Clive Nield noted that while none of the hospital buildings remained, excavations had confirmed that buried remains of the major buildings had survived.It was agreed that the poultry farm would have a minor-to-neutral visual impact on the........
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