This page is about the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan referendum.

Made (Adopted) Plan

On January 11, 2024 Charnwood Borough Council "made" the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan part of Charnwood Borough Council's development plan, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

View the "made" Cossington Neighbourhood Plan below:

Further details of the decision are available in the Decision Statement below:

Referendum result

A referendum on the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan was held on November 30, 2023.

The plan was approved by referendum and the result can be found on the Declaration of Result below:

The plan now forms parts of the Development Plan for the neighbourhood area in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017. The final procedural step is for the Council to “make” the neighbourhood plan within 8 weeks of the referendum.

Background of the Referendum

Following an independent Examination, Charnwood Borough Council determined that the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan, as modified to incorporate the Examiner’s recommendations, should proceed to Referendum. Further details of this decision can be found in the Decision Statement.

The referendum took place on November 30, 2023 and asked the question:

“Do you want Charnwood Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Cossington Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Further details about the referendum can be found in the ­Information Statement.

A number of specified documents are available for the purpose of the Referendum which are:

  1. Cossington Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version
  2. Report of the independent Examiner
  3. Summary of the representations submitted to the independent Examiner
  4. Statement by the Local Planning Authority that the draft Plan meets the basic conditions
  5. A statement that sets out general information as to town and country planning including neighbourhood planning and the Referendum.

Paper copies of the specified documents may be inspected at the main reception of Charnwood Borough Council’s Offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX. 

Paper documents are also available for inspection within the referendum area at The Royal Oak Pub, Main Street, Cossington LE7 4UW.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Determination

Following the regulation 16 consultation and examination, Charnwood Borough Council has issued its final determination on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening report:

Examination of the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan

Charnwood Borough Council, in consultation with Cossington Parish Council, has appointed an Examiner, Nigel McGurk, to undertake the examination of the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan.

On September 28, 2023, the examiner issued their Examination Report. Charnwood Borough Council will now consider the recommendations made in the report and decide how the plan should be modified and when a referendum will be held.

The examiner requested that the following documents arising from the examination of the plan be made publicly available:

The Regulation 16 Consultation on the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan closed on June 23, 2023, and the following representations, which will be considered by the Examiner, were made:

  1. Arelion
  2. Severn Trent Water
  3. CA Telecom
  4. LLR Integrated Care Board
  5. Atkins (obo Vodafone)
  6. Historic England
  7. Coal Authority
  8. Sileby Parish Council
  9. Leicestershire Police
  10. Syston Town Council
  11. Pegasus (obo Carbide Properties)
  12. National Highways
  13. Marrons (obo Bellway Homes and Clarendon Land)
  14. Natural England
  15. Leicestershire County Council
  16. Mulberry Land
  17. Charnwood Borough Council
  18. Environment Agency
  19. Cllr Woodward

Pre-examination (Regulation 16) consultation

Cossington Parish Council has prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for the parish.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Cossington Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents have been submitted to Charnwood Borough Council for the purpose of consultation, examination and, if appropriate, a referendum ahead of it being ‘made’ (adopted) as part of the local plan for the area.

Charnwood Borough Council has considered the Plan against the statutory requirements set out in paragraph 6 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) and is satisfied that these have been met and it can proceed to consultation.

The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents submitted are available below:

Further supporting information is available at:  

The consultation ran for six weeks from Friday May 12 until Friday June 23, 2023.

If you have any questions about the consultation, or if an individual requires an alternative means of accessing these documents, please contact us by e-mail or telephone 01509 634929.

Hard copies of the consultation documents are also available for inspection at 9 Bennetts Lane, Cossington, LE7 4UP (by appointment only, call 07739 809871).

If you wish to respond to the consultation, these should be sent to Charnwood Borough Council together with your name and address by:

  • Email:
  • In Writing: Planning Policy, Charnwood Borough Council, Council Offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TN

Formal representations should be received by Charnwood Borough Council by no later than April 14 2023. Any representations may include a request to be notified of the local planning authority’s decision to make the neighbourhood plan.

Previous information

Cossington Parish was designated as a neighbourhood area for the purposes of neighbourhood planning on February 24, 2020.

Cossington Parish Council undertook the Regulation 14 consultation between March 1 to April 12, 2022.

If you have any questions please contact Cossington Parish Council by email

Last updated: Tue 23rd January, 2024 @ 11:40