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Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan

The 2011 Localism Act has given communities the right to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan. This right is aimed at giving local communities genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live. Decisions on planning applications must take account of neighbourhood plans.

Fosse Villages NP Area

The Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan Area

The Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan area comprises the following 10 Parishes which are situated in the south-west part of Blaby District, Leicestershire:

Parish Councils: Croft, Huncote, Sapcote, Sharnford, Stoney Stanton and Thurlaston;

Parish Meetings: Aston Flamville, Leicester Forest West, Potters Marston and Wigston Parva.

The Fosse Villages area amounts to 5,311 hectares, representing 41% of the District of Blaby. In administrative terms, the area shares a common boundary with parts of both Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council and Harborough District Council in Leicestershire and with Rugby Borough Council in Warwickshire along a short length of its south-western boundary.

The Fosse Villages include lively, highly active communities which share common concerns which provide a cohesive basis for neighbourhood planning. The ten settlements within the area each have their own character, although they are generally small to medium scale communities, ranging from hamlets such as Potters Marston (population 30) to Stoney Stanton (population 3,460). The total population of the area amounts to an estimated 11,930, giving an overall population density of 2.2 persons per hectare. It is, therefore, predominantly a rural area.

The Fosse Villages were designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 13 January 2016.

The plan period covers the period to 2029.

Who are we?

The Plan is being prepared by the parish councils and meetings through the Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan Joint Working Board. Sapcote Parish Council is the qualifying body.

Each parish is represented on the Joint Board, and the Board Chairman is Mike Lee who lives in the Sapcote/Stoney Stanton area.

The Board have appointed Colin Wilkinson of Planit-X Town & Country Planning Services as Project Manager to help prepare the Neighbourhood Plan.

What have we done so far?

We have already held a Stakeholder Event for organisations with an interest in the area to help identify topics and issues that could be explored and developed during the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan. But as the Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan will be a new, community-led level of planning for the area, it is important that the local residents get involved.

Local people took the opportunity to influence where new development can take place and which areas should be protected during a series of village events that took place during September and October 2012. We also asked local school children what they thought during sessions at primary schools in Huncote, Sapcote, Sharnford and Thurlaston that also took place in the winter of 2012.

In July and August 2013, we invited comments on the proposed housing provision for each village through to 2029.

Consultation on Key Issues and Options for the neighbourhood plan ended on 31 March 2017. We received 778 responses and a summary of the consultation results can be downloaded below. More details of the survey can be found using the Issues and Options link at the bottom of this page.

What happens next?

The feedback from these events and information about the area is being used to prepare a Draft Neighbourhood Plan which will be the subject of consultation with residents and businesses for six weeks later this year. The Plan will then be submitted to Blaby District Council for publication and a further six-week public consultation before it is sent to an independent Examiner.

The Examiner will recommend that the Plan is either:

  • submitted to a local referendum;
  • modified to meet the 'Basic Conditions' and then submitted to a referendum; or
  • refused.

Blaby District Council will arrange the referendum and, if the Plan is passed by a simple majority of those voting, the Council will adopt it.

When the Plan is adopted, it will form part of the statutory Development Plan for the area, alongside the Blaby Core Strategy. Blaby District Council will continue to be responsible for determining most planning applications, but the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be the basis for those decisions.

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