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Lubbesthorpe homes plan not ‘called in’ by Secretary of State

New LubbesthorpePermission for a major new housing development in Lubbesthorpe is set to be granted.

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has decided not to ‘call in’ an application for some 4,250 homes, employment, schools and other uses on land to the west of the M1, Lubbesthorpe.

Plans for the Lubbesthorpe development were approved by Councillors on November 1 at Blaby District Council’s Development Control Committee.

The planning application was referred to the Secretary of State in November 2012. He was asked to decide whether he wanted to determine the application himself or whether Blaby District Council could issue the decision.

The Secretary of State has allowed the Council to grant planning permission, subject to a number of conditions and completion of a legal agreement to secure items such as new schools, road improvements and other necessary infrastructure.

The Council will be issuing a decision when it is in a position to do so.

Objectors to the development have said they are disappointed but not surprised.

Paul Fox, secretary of the protest group Leicester Forest East Residents’ Action Group, told local media:

“I’m obviously bitterly disappointed by the Government’s decision not to call the decision in because it will affect people outside the area and is going to have a major impact on the road network.

“I’m not surprised because this is the decision we all expected, but now we have very limited options for preventing it.”

The council will be officially giving the developers planning permission imminently, following which, each of the developers – Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Davidsons Developments and Hallam Land Management – will have to make individual planning applications for sections of the development.

Mr Fox said the objectors would continue to monitor what was happening on the site.

He said:

“As this is only outline planning permission, there will be more specific planning applications coming that we shall monitor closely.”

A determined Mr Fox indicated it was likely objectors would seek an order from the European Court of Human Rights to limit the number of new houses in the area due to the high levels of nitrogen dioxide along the M1 corridor saying that local councillors and the Government haven’t listened to the objections, but maybe they will listen in Europe.”

More than 1,300 people objected to the 973-acre development during two years of consultation citing  concerns over traffic congestion and the loss of green land to flooding.

On the other hand Blaby District Council is under pressure to build its target of 8,500 houses by 2029 and Lubbesthorpe will help it reach almost half that target.

For more information on the Lubbesthorpe plan visit www.blaby.gov.uk/lubbesthorpe

Enter Lubbesthorpe in the search box on Enderby EYE for associated news items

Read story in the local press (Leicester Mercury)

Work begins on Whetstone waste site redevelopment

Work will begin on Wednesday (Feb 27) to redevelop Whetstone Recycling and Household Waste Site.

Leicestershire County Council will be reconstructing the facility to provide a modern layout with improved access and parking.

The scheme will include the creation of a new recycling and waste disposal area which will include easy access skips for the public to use.

Work will take around eight months in total and the site will remain open for the duration. Site clearance work ahead of construction will begin on Wednesday.

Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said:

“We are delighted to be able to begin this site clearance work which is the first step in our project to improve Whetstone Recycling and Household Waste Site.

“We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum during the construction period. However, the extent of the works will reduce the current tipping area so delays are possible during busy periods.

“We advise residents to use the site at off peak times, which is the early morning and late evening, if they can. Facilities are also available at Barwell, Lutterworth and Oadby as an alternative.”

Further details on these sites can be found at www.leics.gov.uk/recycling_household_waste_sites or by calling 0116 305 0001.

People with any queries or who require further details can contact 0116 305 0001 or visit www.leics.gov.uk/whetstone_improvements

Council pledges more support for first-time buyers

A council-backed scheme to help people in Blaby district onto the housing ladder has been given a boost after councillors agreed to invest a further £1 million to guarantee deposits for first-time buyers.

The Local Lend a Hand scheme – launched by Lloyds TSB and Blaby District Council in October last year – allows prospective homeowners to purchase a property with a deposit of just 5 per cent as the Council will guarantee up to a further 20 per cent of the mortgage value with the lender.

More than 30 first-time buyers have already been successful in securing a mortgage through the scheme and many now have the keys to their first home.

The initial £1 million invested into Lloyds TSB to guarantee the deposits has nearly all been allocated and councillors consider the scheme so successful they have agreed to invest again.

Councillor John Hudson, finance and efficiency portfolio holder said:

“The scheme has been a great success and made a real difference to many people’s lives so we are happy to pledge further support for the initiative which will allow even more first-time buyers to get that all important first foot on the housing ladder.

“We are giving people the chance to own their own home whilst giving a boost to the local housing market and relieving demand for social housing at the same time.”

Blaby was the first district council in the country to make the scheme available.

Toby Cann, 25, and Amy Desbrow, 27, were celebrating after becoming the first people to buy a property through the scheme. They picked up the keys to their new home in Leicester Forest East in January and moved in one month later. Toby said:

“We were both still living at our parent’s houses and had been saving a deposit for around 18 months but we didn’t think we had enough cash put away until we heard about this scheme.

“Almost straight away we booked an appointment at Lloyds TSB and things moved really quickly from there.

“When we found out we had got the house I was so excited and relieved as it looked at one point like someone had outbid us at the last minute.”

The couple needed a deposit of roughly £6,250 (5 per cent) for their property – which was priced at £124,950 – and the Council guaranteed a further £24,990 (20 per cent).

The Council’s money will only be needed if the borrower fails to make repayments or breaches the terms of the mortgage and the property was repossessed and subsequently sold at a loss.

The first-time buyer owns the property in its entirety and will have access to a range of products at a lower rate of interest than would normally be available for this level of deposit.

Stephen Noakes, commercial director for mortgages, at Lloyds TSB said:

“The Local Lend a Hand scheme in Blaby is making the housing market more accessible to more people. We know that many young people turn to the bank of mum and dad to get their foot on the ladder, but that solution is not open to everyone.

“Helping people to buy their first home is crucial in achieving and maintaining a sustainable housing market. This scheme addresses some of the real problems that prospective buyers in Blaby district might face.”

Anyone interested in the Local Lend a Hand scheme should visit their local branch of Lloyds TSB for more information.

How Local Lend a Hand works

· Each local authority will agree where in their area the scheme will be available.

· Subject to usual lending criteria, first time buyers will then be able to view properties within that area and choose their new home.

· Local Lend a Hand is for loans between £25,000 and £350,000, but the maximum loan size will be dependent on the local authority.

· The first time buyer will put down at least 5 per cent of the value of the property, and get the Local Lend a Hand mortgage for the remaining amount.

· The local authority will provide a cash backed indemnity of up to 20 per cent of the property value as additional security. Interest will be earned on this amount.

· The first time buyer will own the property in its entirety (unlike shared ownership schemes).

· The fixed rate mortgage products that will be available for first time buyers during this scheme will be at a lower rate of interest than would normally be available for this level of deposit, helping them with the cost of their monthly payments.

New Lubbesthorpe

LFE Residents Action Group will host two public events…

The second consultation period for Lubbesthorpe New Town (4,250 houses) is well underway. The consultation period has also been extended to 25th July 2012.

At a Public Meeting called by Enderby Parish Council held in Enderby’s Civic Centre on Wednesday 20th June, the Leicester Forest East Residents Action Group (LFE-RAG) announced they are holding two public events on 25th and 26th June (details below) and urged all interested parties to write letters of objection and forward them to their Parish and District Councils as well as the Highways Agency.

A news/mailshot from the LFE group said:


A leaflet drop has been completed to all 2,500 homes in Leicester Forest East. Unfortunately due to financial restraints and a lack of man power we were unable to deliver to the amount of houses we delivered to last time. If you didn’t receive a leaflet and the pro-forma contained within, a copies are available from the RAG website at www.lfe-rag.blogspot.com.

It is very important that EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF THE HOUSE MUST WRITE THEIR OWN OBJECTION. One proforma with three signatures is only 1 objection. We need numbers! If you have already filled in and posted a joint objection you can still write your own.

Any completed proformas or other objection letters can be given into Hayre Newsagent on Hinckley Road (formerly N. Sandhu – opposite Post Office); Cherrytree Gifts, Cherrytree Drive; or the letter box of 77 Kings Drive, Leicester Forest East. At each address is a secure ‘ballot box’ in which the objections are stored before collected by us and delivered to Blaby District Council. In the alternative you can post it to Lubbesthorpe Development Team, Blaby District Council, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2EP.


We are holding two public events. At these events you can meet the RAG and look at the development documents. We are holding these events because Blaby District Council are not. The events are designed to let you know how to object and what to write in your objection letters. Everyone is invited.

Monday 25th June 2012 between 6pm and 9pm
Tuesday 26th June 2012 between 6pm and 9pm

Parish Hall, Kings Drive, Leicester Forest East, LE3 3JD


We are a group of local residents who are bound together for the common purpose of establishing formal and professional opposition to the development of land in Lubbesthorpe. We have rules identifying how the organisation is run and how its funds are vested. The group recognises the importance of the wider local community and how they can play a part in opposing this development.

We strive to assist and inform the local community about the planning application and how the planning process works.


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Public Meeting – New Lubbesthorpe

A public meeting has been called so Enderby residents can air their views regarding the New Lubbesthorpe development.

The Chairman of Enderby Parish Council, Mrs. Sylvia Conway, has called a Public Meeting to be held at the Civic Centre, King Street, Enderby (Small Hall), at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 20th June 2012, to discuss Planning Application 11/0100/1/OX submitted by Hallam Land Management, Barratt, David Wilson Homes and Davidson Developments.

The development has significant implications for the residents of Enderby and the public meeting is a chance for Enderby residents to hear information about the development, ask questions and make their opinions known to the Council.

The outline application  is for 4,250 dwellings, a mixed use district centre and two mixed use local centres featuring a supermarket, retail, commercial, employment, leisure, health, community and residential uses, non-residential institutions including a secondary school, primary schools and nurseries, an employment site of 21 hectares, open spaces, woodlands , new access points and associated facilities and infrastructure, and detailed proposals for two new road bridges over the M1 motorway and M69 motorway, and two road access points from Beggars Lane and new accesses from Meridian Way, Chapel Green/Baines Lane and Leicester Lane.

The second stage of the public consultation process began on Wednesday 23rd May and following the initial consultation new and updated documents have been submitted by the applicants providing information on traffic, transport and air quality. Consultation ends on 4th July 2012

The revised plans are available to view online at www.blaby.gov.uk/lubbesthorpe and are also available to view in Enderby library.

See Also: News item 15th June 2012:  New Lubbesthorpe consultation extended.

See Also: News item 21st June 2012: Enderby residents voice concerns over New Lubbesthorpe development proposal



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