Glenfield Neighbourhood Plan

The Process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Glenfield has been slow for obvious reasons but we should before long be able to show you our first complete draft for your further comments. A focus group of over 400 residents have helped move the Plan forward enabling the core group to agree some of the key issues to offer to you.

The Plan covers appropriate locations for new housing if we are obliged to accept some as unfortunately seems likely; which areas of open space to protect from inappropriate development; what design features should new dwellings have; retail provision in the parish; what employment needs there are and what transport issues are important locally. It also covers the size of houses we feel are in short supply, climate change, health services and schooling.

Nothing has yet been decided; and the decisions will be made by the residents. When the steering group do produce a formal draft, a prescribed period of formal consultation will commence for a minimum period of six weeks.

The draft Plan and all the supporting documentation will be available at that stage for you to read and comment on.

Each comment that is received deuring that stage will be logged and formally responded to and, where appropriate, changes to the Draft Plan made before it is formally submitted to the District Council for them to carry out their own consultation wehen you will have another chance to comment.

Once that has taken place, the Plan will be subject to a formal examination by an inspector to make sure that it is in line with local and national strategic planning policies and when it has been over that hurdle, assuming it passes, it will then be brought back before the community of Glenfield with a referendum open to everyone on the electoral roll in the parish.

The Plan will pass or fail on the basis of a simple majority of those voting, and if successful, only then will be 'Made' by Blaby District Council. It will thereafter be used by the District Council to determine planning applications in the Parish.

It is a long-winded process but the end result will give us a lot more say in what happens about development in Glenfield going forward. Hopefully this will all be concluded before any major planning applications hit us.

Roy Denney

Chairman Steering Group