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Residents vote for Neighbourhood Plan

Blaby village gateway signA Neighbourhood Plan for Blaby has been adopted following a successful referendum and approval from Councillors.

The new Blaby Neighbourhood Plan will help shape the development and growth of Blaby Parish, where development should go, where it shouldn’t go and what it should look like.

Nearly 95% of residents voted for the plan in the referendum, which took place on Thursday 01 February.

At a meeting of Councillors on Thursday 22 February the plan was adopted and as a result, has become part of the development plan for Blaby Parish.

Planning applications within Blaby Parish will now be considered against the policies in the Blaby Neighbourhood Plan, as well as the District Council’s Local Plan, taking account of other material considerations.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said:

“This is a plan years in the making, and I want to thank both local residents and especially Blaby Parish Council for their hard work to get the Neighbourhood Plan to where we are now.

“This gives the local community a powerful set of tools to shape the development and growth of their local areas. They are plans prepared by the local community, for the local community.”

Blaby is the first parish in the district to adopt a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Parishes of Leicester Forest East and Cosby are working hard on developing their own Neighbourhood Plans, with the support of Blaby District Council.

Ten parishes are also working together as the Leicestershire Fosse Villages to create a joint Neighbourhood Plan.

Find out more about the Blaby Neighbourhood Plan and read more details about neighbourhood planning by visiting:

Castle Acres Development Approved

image-01-aerialaCastle Acres, the exciting retail and leisure development located next to Fosse Park, has been approved after a meeting of Blaby District Council’s Planning Committee.

At this evening’s meeting (8 November), members of the committee approved the application after Officer’s recommendation, following a thorough 18-month process.

The £150 million project will include approximately 288,000 square foot of floorspace for a range of new shops, restaurants and cafes.

Developed by locally-based Next, site owners Everards and Crown Estate, owners of Fosse Park, two major confirmed occupiers at this early stage will include a 90,000 square foot Next store and a 34,000 square foot space for TK Maxx.

It is hoped that Castle Acres will offer up to 1,000 full-time jobs for local people in addition to the economic benefits for the District of Blaby.

Jane Toman, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said:

“The approval of Castle Acres is excellent news for the district. Fosse Park is one of the biggest shopping areas in Britain and we are proud to have it in our area. This expansion will not only create more jobs, but will also see Everards relocate to their exciting new development, Everards Meadows.

“I want to thank the officers in our Planning team who have worked so incredibly hard to ensure the application was one which was acceptable to the local area.”

Castle Acres will join the Junction 21 area of Blaby District; an unrivalled area of retail, leisure and business in Leicestershire including Grove Park, Meridian Industrial Estate and Meridian Leisure.

Supermarket chains ASDA and Sainsbury’s each have one of their biggest stores in the UK located in the area, whilst Fosse Park is one of the largest out-of-town retails parks, reiterating the District of Blaby as one the most popular places to shop in the country.

More details on the application can be accessed through the Blaby District Council Planning Portal via www.blaby.gov.uk and searching application number 15/0577/FUL.

Enderby residents asked for feedback on proposed Local Plan delivery document

Lubbesthorpe street viewA district wide consultation has been launched on an important Local Plan document which will shape the district over the coming decades.

The Local Plan Delivery ‘Development Plan Document’ (the ‘Delivery DPD’) will sit alongside the ‘Core Strategy’ to form the overall Local Plan. When finalised, the Local Plan for Blaby District will play a part in the decision on planning applications.

One of the key objectives of the Delivery DPD is to identify sites for housing and employment opportunities. In the initial proposals several options are presented, including site options for the building of approximately 750 new homes in parishes close to the Leicester City border.

The district wide consultation also looks at site options for around 25 hectares of land for employment and business growth, building on other successful areas successfully developed across the district over the last 25 years, including Meridian Business Park and Grove Park in Enderby.

Blaby District Council is asking residents and partners for their feedback on the early proposals, with the final DPD set to be adopted in late 2017.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, said:

Cllr. Brecon
Cllr. Lee Brecon: We need your views

“This is a significant part of the Local Plan for the Council. The document plans for the needs of the District until 2029, so we encourage all of our residents to review the proposals and let us know what they think.

“It’s important for us to stress that the Delivery DPD is still in its early stages, and no final decisions will be made until we have reviewed the consultation feedback, and the finalised document has been examined by a planning inspector.”

The consultation runs until Wednesday 16 November 2016.

To see the documents and fill in the online response form, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/local-plan-delivery-dpd.

Paper copies will be available at the Council’s Narborough offices and local district libraries.

Photo: Tom Croft and EH Smith manager Jaimie Airey

Tigers legend Tom Croft joins celebrations as EH Smith launches £100,000 development

Photo: Tom Croft and EH Smith manager Jaimie Airey
Tom Croft trying his hand at building a Porotherm clay bock wall under the guidance of EH Smith Leicester branch manager Jamie Airey

A three-month redevelopment programme of the Enderby, Leicester branch of Builders’ Merchants EH Smith has been launched by the company’s CEO, John Parker, with customers also joining in the celebrations at a hog roast event with England and Leicester Tigers RFU star Tom Croft.

Tom built an impressive wall from Porotherm clay blocks; took on some of Leicestershire’s most competitive builders at darts and signed rugby balls for fans as young as three years old during the event, which saw more than 200 Leicestershire tradesmen joining in the celebrations.

The £100,000 redevelopment, which comes at a time of strong growth for the construction sector in the region, also sees thousands of EH Smith’s most popular items reduced in price and a move to fixed pricing for the first time in the company’s ninety-year history.

The redevelopment has doubled the number of product lines and introduced Good, Better and Best product options.

It also emphasises one of EH Smith’s USPs: its highly knowledgeable and experienced employees who offer specialist advice in areas such as bricks, timber, civils, and landscaping.

John Parker, Chief Executive of EH Smith said:

“This £100,000 redevelopment has transformed our site in Leicester, to meet demand, at a time when the construction industry is really starting to take off.
“We’ve opened up the site to make it easier for builders and other trades to drop in and pick up what they need – as well as having the traditional option of delivery to site. We’ve also price-matched our products against our competitors and broadened our ranges to make sure we offer an unbeatable service for builders, decorators, plumbers and engineering firms across Leicestershire and beyond.”

Tom Croft with Lurein Wilson
Tom Croft signs a rugby ball for young fan Lurein Wilson, aged 3

John added:

“Our customer base is up by 30% over the past twelve months. This is a strong indicator of growth in the region, but also evidence of EH Smith’s strength during the ongoing national brick shortage, attracting builders who are finding it impossible to get the bricks they need elsewhere. EH Smith currently has over 13 million bricks in stock.”

EH Smith is one of the Midlands’ oldest family businesses.

The company has operated in the region since 1922, and now has nine branches spanning from Leicester in the East Midlands across to Birmingham in the West Midlands and the Black Country, as well as branches in Essex and Hemel Hempstead.

The branch at Enderby, in Leicester, has been operating since 1978. It employs 51 people from the local area and serves a broad customer base from the Leicestershire construction trades, including builders, plumbers, carpenters, landscaping specialists and engineering firms undertaking large scale civils projects.

EH Smith notably supplied the drainage and civil engineering materials enabling the very first stretch of the M1 to be built.

EH Smith staff with Tom Croft
Tom Croft (centre) with some of the 51 employees of EH Smith Leicester


EH Smith Enderby: Group photo
Tom Croft (centre) with some of 200 Leicestershire builders who came to the hog roast, including Stephen Boyfield of Tamborough Construction, Leicester; Warren Spalding and Bradley Heggs of GB Civil Engineering, Leicester; Michael Sheppard of Hi-Gear, Enderby; Mark Loverage of Dakin & Loverage, Narborough and John Lavelle, Lavelle Developments of Oadby.


Free support for Blaby District enterprises

cogsLocal growing businesses can benefit from a free package of business support worth up to £500 to help kick start their expansion and improvement plans.

Details of the Growth 4 Enterprise scheme will be shared at the “Blaby District Means Business” event on Tuesday 25 February, at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester.

The free support package includes a business assessment, followed by one-to-one professional advice and access to a choice of training master classes.

The scheme will be open to applications from independent small firms located in Blaby District who have plans to develop and grow and currently employ less than 50 staff.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy at Blaby District Council, said:

“The Council is providing funding so that ten ambitious independent firms can access a bundle of free business support and get on the right track to success and growth.

“We recognise that our local businesses can benefit from support and encourage them to attend our local business breakfast to find out more.”

Blaby District Council is working in partnership with Nottingham Business Venture to run this pilot business support scheme.

The “Blaby District Means Business” meeting starts at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival followed by a brief speaker programme, with news of apprenticeships plus free skills development and support programmes for businesses in the area.

Book your free place for the breakfast meeting by emailing economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7735.

For more information please visit www.blaby.gov.uk/business-grants-and-loans