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1 Introduction 6

2 North West Leicestershire – 11 Context 3 North West Leicestershire – 13 profile 4 What are the issues? 18 Objectives 19 5 Strategy 22 S1 – Presumption in favour of sustainable 22 development S2 – future housing and economic development 24 needs S3 – Settlement Hierarchy 25 S4 - Countryside 30 S5 – Design of new development 32 6 Housing 35 H1 – Housing provision: planning permissions 37 H2 - Housing provision: resolutions 38 H3 - Housing provision: new allocations 40 H4 – Affordable Housing 42 H5 – Rural exceptions sites for affordable housing 48 H6 – House types and mix 50 H7 – Provision for gypsies and travellers and 52 travelling showpeople 7 Economic 54 Ec1 – Employment provision: permissions 57 Ec2 –Employment provision: new allocations 58 Ec3 – Existing employment areas 60 Ec4 – Brickworks and Pipeworks 62 Ec5 – East Midlands Airport 65 Ec6 – East Midlands Airport: Safeguarding 66 Ec7 - East Midlands Airport: Public safety Zones 68 Ec8 – Donington Park 70 Ec9

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1.1 The purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development. This means ensuring that providing for the needs of the current generation does not make life worse for future generations. It requires making decisions on proposals for development from house extensions to large scale housing and employment developments which provide the homes and jobs that people require.

What is the Local Plan?

1.2 A Local Plan is a key part of securing sustainable development by identifying how much new development is required and where it should go. This draft Local Plan represents the District Council’s view on how sustainable development should be achieved in North West Leicestershire and covers the period to 2031. It identifies new sites for housing and employment and also includes a range of policies to ensure that new development, of whatever type, is of the highest quality possible so as to maintain North West Leicestershire as an attractive place to live, work and enjoy.

What is the process for preparing a Local Plan?

1.3 This draft Local Plan has been prepared under the provisions of regulation 18 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 and is published to seek the views of anybody with an interest in the future planning of the district. THIS IS NOT THE FINAL PLAN. When we have considered the responses received the Council will agree a publication Local Plan (Regulation 19). After a further consultation the plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22) who will appoint a Planning Inspector to assess the plan through a Public Examination to

establish whether it is ‘sound’ or not. To be ‘sound’ a Local plan must be:

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1.4 Only when the plan has been through these various stages and a Planning Inspector considers the plan to be ‘sound’ is the Council able to adopt the Local Plan. Upon its adoption it will replace the existing Local Plan which was adopted in 2002.

1.5 Once adopted this Local Plan together with the Minerals and Waste Local plan prepared by Leicestershire County Council will be the Development Plan for North West Leicestershire. The Development Plan provides the basis for determining planning applications.

What other matters must we have regard to in preparing the Local Plan?

1.6 The Local Plan is not prepared in isolation. As noted above the Local Plan must be consistent with national policies. These are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which was published by the Government in 2012. The NPPF is also supplemented by a range of Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) on a variety of subjects.

This provides guidance on the interpretation and implementation of requirements in the NPPF

1.7 Throughout this document there are various references to the NPPF and the PPG.

1.8 In addition to national policies we also have to comply with various European level regulations. In particular we have to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the plan to assess its environmental impacts. We also have to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) to consider the impact of the policies and proposals of the Local Plan on sites of European significance designated for species and habitats (Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)) or birds (Special Protected Areas (SPA)). That part of the river Mease and its tributaries which lie within North West Leicestershire are designated as a Special Area of Conservation.

1.9 The requirement for a SEA has been taken further by the Government which requires that a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) be carried out to assess not only the environmental effect of the plan, but also the economic and social effects.

1.10 This draft Local Plan is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment and a Habitats Regulations Assessment.

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1.11 The Localism Act 2011 introduced a requirement on local planning authorities to cooperate with neighbouring local authorities and other bodies with a regulatory or strategic interest in Local Plan issues. This is referred to as the “Duty to Cooperate” and includes the need to consider the impact of the strategy as a whole and its proposals for major development on other places close to North West Leicestershire.

1.12 North West Leicestershire lies within the county of Leicestershire which, together with Leicester City, has been identified as a Housing Marker Area (HMA) and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership area (LLEP). We have a close working relationship with the authorities across the HMA/LLEP through a variety of different groups.

1.13 The LLEP is serviced by three different boards (Place, People and Business). The Place Board is itself then serviced by a Strategic Planning Group which consists of high level officers from the various authorities. It is through this group that cooperation at a strategic level is co-ordinated and also provides a direct link in to the work of the LLEP with whom we are required to cooperate. A Member Advisory Group which consists of the appropriate portfolio holders from each authority has also been established to provide a political buy-in to the work of the Strategic Planning Group.

1.14 In terms of this Local Plan we have co-operated with our partners across the

HMA/LLEP on a variety of matters including:

 Establishing housing requirements – a joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) was commissioned by the District Council on behalf of all the partners in

2014. The SHMA set out a range of different scenarios for housing growth up to 2031 and 2036 in order that the Objectively Assessed Needs both for the HMA as a whole and for individual districts could be identified. Following completion of this work a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was agreed and signed by all the HMA authorities which confirms that each authority can meet its housing needs to 2028 and that we will continue to work together post 2028. This work is ongoing and will result in the preparation of a Development Strategy beyond 2028.

 Establishing employment needs - An assessment of the future economic needs across Leicester and Leicestershire up to 2026 was undertaken in 2008 by the Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) on behalf of the then Leicester Shire Economic Partnership. This work was then updated in 2013 on behalf of the LLEP and covered the period 2010 to 2031.

 Planning for Climate Change – a report commissioned by all the HMA authorities (except Charnwood Borough) which considered the potential of different sources of renewable energy across Leicestershire.

 Charnwood Forest - the District Council has worked with Leicestershire County Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Hinckley and Bosworth borough Council to set up a Charnwood Forest Regional Park Steering Group to oversee the creation of a Regional park and to agree its long term Vision. This Vision has informed the Charnwood forest policies of this Local Plan.

1.15 We have worked with the highway authorities (Highways England and Leicestershire County Council) to establish the impact of proposed development on the highway network and to identify new infrastructure requirements resulting from this development.

1.16 The river Mease Special Area of Conservation also covers part of the districts of Lichfield and South Derbyshire. We have worked with the two authorities and Natural England, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent to develop a joint strategy to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on the water quality of the river Mease as a result of development.

1.17 We have worked with the Environment Agency and Leicestershire County Council to prepare an updated Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and with the former in the preparation of a Water Cycle Study.

1.18 Outside of the HMA/LLEP we also adjoin a number of other local authorities (North Warwickshire, Lichfield, South Derbyshire, Erewash and Rushcliffe). In addition to the work on the river Mease outlined above we have agreed a Statement of Common Ground with South Derbyshire. We also have a regular dialogue with each of these authorities, none of whom have asked North West Leicestershire for help in meeting their development needs.

1.19 We will continue to cooperate with these various bodies throughout the development of this Local Plan.

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1.20 A wide ranging evidence base has been used to inform this Local Plan. This can be viewed on the Council’s website (www.nwleics.gov.uk).

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1.21 The draft Local Plan is divided into a number of themed chapters which then contain a number of policies and supporting text. The policies are shown in grey boxes.

1.22 Following each policy is then a question upon which we welcome your comments. You can respond to as many or as few of the questions as you wish. You do not have to answer every question.

1.23 Where, as part of preparing the Local Plan, we have considered possible alternative approaches these are set out in an orange box.

1.24 The Local Plan is also accompanied by a Policies Map which shows the location of proposed allocations of land and other land use related policy information, on an ordnance survey base map. There is one single map which covers the whole district.

At a settlement level there are then a series of inset maps which show more details at a suitable scale.

1.25 In addition to the draft Local Plan we have also published a number of themed background papers which explain in more detail some of the technical considerations which have informed the Local Plan. In responding to any of the questions please refer to these where appropriate.

1.26 We are aware that planning is full of a lot of technical words and jargon. To help you understand this better we have included a glossary of key terms at Appendix 1 of this document.

1.27 All of the supporting documents can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.nwleics.gov.uk




Please note that any comments submitted are made publically available.


2.1 North West Leicestershire district, as the name suggests, comprises the north-west part of the county of Leicestershire and is a mainly rural district, covering 27,900 hectares (108 square miles). The district shares borders with the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

2.2 The district is close to, and has excellent road access with four major cities Birmingham, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham- using the motorway network (M1 north/south and M42 south-west/north-east). However, there are no passenger rail services in the district. In the north of the district is the East Midlands Airport (EMA)

2.3 Most of the southern part of the district lies within the National Forest which spans three counties in the centre of England - Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire, whilst the upland area of the Charnwood Forest lies in the south-east corner.

2.4 The population of the district was about 93,500 as at the 2011 Census. The principal town is Coalville and the other main settlements are Ashby de la Zouch, Castle Donington, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham.

2.5 The map on the next page shows the location of the district and its wider context.


3.1 The Sustainability Appraisal scoping report sets out a detailed assessment of the district and its characteristics which provides a context for the Local Plan. The following provides a summary of the key characteristics and follows the order of the

Scoping Report:


 There were 93,468 people as at the 2011 Census, a growth of about 9,000 from the 2001 Census.

 The population is ageing with a rapid increase in the number of residents aged 40-49 and 60-69 in the last 10 years, whilst the number of 25-39 year olds has decreased.

 According to the 2011 Census the largest population was in Coalville (36,801 people) followed by Ashby-de-la-Zouch (12,385), Castle Donington (6,350), Ibstock (5,961), Measham (5,200) and Kegworth (3,541).

 There are high concentrations of working age people in Coalville and Castle Donington, whilst older people are concentrated in the Measham/Appleby Magna area and younger people in Ashby de la Zouch and Ellistown.

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