A consultation is planned on an updated vision of Charnwood’s future growth.
Charnwood Borough Council is reviewing its local plan which sets out how it will balance future growth in the area while making sure the environment is looked after and communities have the infrastructure they need.
The current local plan guides development until 2028 and the new draft Charnwood Local Plan looks further ahead until 2036.
On October 17, the Council’s Cabinet will consider a proposal to hold a full public consultation on the new draft local plan.
The draft Charnwood Local Plan 2019-36 includes:
- retaining 382 acres of employment land in the current plan to help provide for 8,900 jobs needed in the borough until 2036
- sustainable locations for an additional 7,300 homes to help meet demand up until 2036. These homes would bring around £43 million for local infrastructure including schools, health, roads and open spaces. More funding would be secured from partners
- nearly 4,000 acres of open countryside identified for protection
- sites identified for renewable energy to provide clean power for thousands of homes and reduce carbon emissions
- proposals on more restrictions on houses in multiple occupation
- restrictions proposed on hot food takeaways
- retaining and strengthening policies on managing flood risk
Cllr Jane Hunt, lead member for planning, said: “The draft Charnwood Local Plan 2019-36 sets out a clear path of how we will make sure Charnwood remains a prosperous borough and a place people want to live and work in.
“It is very clear that the environment has to be an even greater consideration in the future and we have allocated areas for protection and steps to contribute towards tackling climate change. This would build upon our existing pledge to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and plant 100,000 trees in the borough in the next four years.
“We are clearly aware that not all elements of the draft local plan will be welcomed and while development is not guaranteed, it is likely to happen and that’s why we need to plan for it. Doing otherwise leaves us exposed to unwanted, unplanned and more detrimental development.
“Future generations will want homes and jobs and a healthy environment and therefore it’s up to us to put steps in place now to make sure that happens.
“We are already talking to other providers of public services about how we manage this growth to make sure residents have access to high-quality services in the future and we will be consulting with residents and other stakeholders as we progress.
“This draft local plan has been put together based on a considerable amount of evidence and should Cabinet approve the consultation, I would encourage people to read it and have a say and help us shape the future of Charnwood.”
The Draft Charnwood Local Plan 2019-36 includes:
- land for around 7,300 additional new homes up until 2036, including:
- around 1,600 homes around the Leicester urban edge including Syston, Thurmaston, Birstall, Hamilton edge/south of A46 near Anstey
- around 2,000 homes in Loughborough
- around 2,000 in Shepshed
- around 900 homes at service centres - Anstey, Barrow upon Soar, Mountsorrel, Quorn, Rothley, Sileby and Syston
- 800 homes at other locations in the borough
- these homes would secure around £43 million for local infrastructure improvements including roads, schools, health provision, transport and more. When added to the homes already planned for in the current local plan, the total is more than £100 million between 2019-36.
- providing 192 acres of general employment land along with a further 190 acres at the Loughborough Science and Enterprise Park to support Loughborough’s continued role in the knowledge-based sector and provide for around 8,900 new jobs to 2036
- commitments for securing affordable housing for all new developments of 10 homes or more
- a new policy on Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) proposing tighter restrictions on new HMOs and applications to create larger HMOs
- one additional retail site in Loughborough town centre
- support for Loughborough town centre by encouraging a more diverse mix of uses including retail, residential, leisure, office and professional services
- greater consideration in the planning process of the number of takeaways in an area when considering proposals for new ones to consider local amenity and support healthy communities
- retention of natural open spaces between settlements and green wedges around the urban edge of Leicester
- opportunity areas for wind and solar energy installations which could power thousands of homes are identified to help carbon reduction
- encouraging sustainable construction methods