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Local Plan examination has begun

A programme of examination dates for the proposed Local Plan Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) have now begun.

The Delivery DPD is the second part of Blaby District Council’s overall Local Plan. The Local Plan is an important set of documents that help determine the outcome of planning applications.

Sites for new homes at Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East and an employment site in Enderby are included in the Delivery DPD.

A new policies map shows where development in the district should be focused and the important environmental assets that should be protected.

The independently appointed Planning Inspector, Victoria Lucas LLB MCD MRTPI, has published her Matters, Issues and Questions, Examination Guidance Note, and Hearing Sessions Timetable.

Public hearings forming part of the examination process will be conducted by Ms. Lucas.

Examination Hearings started on 31st July and will take place in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices in Narborough.

All Delivery DPD documents are available to view at www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd-examination.

Information is also on display in local libraries and at the Council’s Narborough offices.

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.

Enderby Parish Council invite residents to attend a “Befriend Enderby Library” meeting

enderby community library logo 269x164As part of a continuing campaign by Enderby Parish Council to secure the future of Enderby Library, the Council is inviting residents to a meeting where it will outline its plans and detail how members of the community can be involved.

The decision to proceed with an application to run a Community Library in Enderby was taken at a Council Meeting earlier in the year and following an in-depth public consultation to gauge support for a Library in Enderby.

In January 2014 Leicestershire County Council announced it intended to “protect” its 16 bigger libraries but wanted to save up to £1.4 million a year by transferring 37 of its smaller branches to communities.

Where nobody comes forward there is strong possibility the Library will disappear.

The Parish Council stepped-in following Leicestershire County Council’s decision to close a number of its libraries unless the local communities affected undertook to ‘take over’ their libraries and run them in partnership with the County Council’s Library service.

The meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on Thursday June 18th 2015, commencing at 6pm.

Members of the Parish Council’s Library Working Group will be present, as will representatives from Voluntary Action Leicestershire who are working with the Parish Council in formulating a sustainable business plan.

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Community Plan for Blaby District published

The Community Plan (previously known as the Sustainable Community Strategy) sets out the long term vision for the District of Blaby and explains what the District Council, through Blaby Together, plan to do to achieve it.

The Community Plan has been put together by involving representatives of local people to find out what they want us to do, by gathering evidence and capturing community aspirations.

The main issues Blaby Together wants to tackle are laid out and what we in partnership want to achieve. Key priorities and ambitions for our district have been agreed, so that together the organisations that provide local services can bring about real improvements for the people living in, working in and visiting Blaby.


Further information

The duty to prepare a community strategy is part of the Government’s wider programme of democratic renewal and reform which aims to ensure that Councils are accountable, open and responsive to the needs of local communities and that there is continuous improvement in the efficiency and quality of services.

Whilst the guidance is not prescriptive about the time scale or process it does set out the following as given objectives and principles:


  • Allow local communities (based on geography and/or interest) to articulate their aspirations, needs and priorities.
  • Co-ordinate the actions of the council, and of the public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations that operate locally.
  • Focus and shape existing and future activity of those organisations so that they effectively meet community needs and aspirations.
  • Contribute to the achievement of sustainable development both locally and more widely.

A Community strategy must have four key components

  • A long term vision for the area focusing on the outcomes that are to be achieved.
  • An action plan identifying shorter-term priorities and activities that will contribute to the achievement of long term outcomes.
  • A shared commitment to implement the action plan and proposals for doing so.
  • Arrangements for monitoring and review and for reporting progress to local communities.

The guidance includes the following underpinning principles

  • Engage and involve local communities.
  • Involve active participation of councillors within and outside the executive.
  • Be prepared and implemented by a broad ‘local strategic partnership’ i.e. in partnership with stakeholders.
  • Be based on a proper assessment of needs and the availability of resources.

The guidance also emphasises the promotion of equality of opportunity. The guidance states that the Community Strategy should provide a vision for 10-15 years hence. The guidance recommends that the Strategy should be updated every three to five years.

External websites

Contact information

Officer/Team Policy and Partnerships
Postal address Blaby District Council
Council Offices
Desford Road
LE19 2EP
E-mail address strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk
Telephone 0116 272 7727