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.

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 11,663, 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 Robin Wilson.

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.

Further details of this early consultation can be found using the link towards the bottom of this page.

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 found using the Issues and Options link towards the bottom of this page.

The questionnaire results helped us prepare a (Pre-Submission) Draft version of the Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Development Plan. The six-week pre-submission consultation period on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan for the Fosse Villages ended on Wednesday 11 July 2018. Representations from 23 individuals and organisations were received and all the comments received have been reviewed. Further details can be found using the Pre-Submission link towards the bottom of this page.

In accordance with Part 5 Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 as amended by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (The Regulations), Sapcote Parish Council submitted the Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents to Blaby District Council on 12 March 2019.

Blaby District Council publicised the neighbourhood plan for a minimum of 6 weeks, invite representations, notify any consultation body referred to in the consultation statement and sent the draft neighbourhood plan to independent examination.

The Examination Report of the of the independent examiner, Jeremy Edge, was published on 28 November 2019. The report concluded that the FVNP policies, subject to recommended alterations, would meet the Basic Conditions as defined in the Localism Act 2011, Schedule 10 and Schedule 4B, 8 (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which a neighbourhood plan is required to satisfy before proceeding to a referendum.

The Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan and the Examiner's Report was presented to Blaby District Council on 20 February 2020. Blaby District Council accepted all of the Examiner's suggested modifications and for the Plan to proceed to referendum. A referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared.

In accordance with guidance to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all neighbourhood planning referendums scheduled to take place, between 16 March 2020 and 5 May 2021 are postponed. However, that Fosse Villages Neighbourhood Plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to any planning application.

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