Below is some information about previous consultations we have carried out.

Consultations 2021

Hathern Community Woodland

Charnwood Borough Council held a consultation to let local residents have a say on the proposal for a community woodland.

Charnwood Borough Council is working with Hathern Parish Council on the project which is looking to create a 15-acre woodland on council-owned land off Golden Square in Hathern.

The proposed Hathern Community Woodland project would see around 14,000 trees planted on the site.

The consultation ran until Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37 (Pre-Submission Draft) Consultation

Charnwood Borough Council is consulting residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders on the Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37 before submitting it to the Government.

The six-week consultation ran from Monday July 12 until Monday August 23, 2021 at 5pm.

Representations will be considered by a Government-appointed independent Planning Inspector through a public examination.

Full details on the Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37

Licence Conditions for Selective Licensing Consultation

The Council held a six-week consultation on the Licensing Conditions for the Selective Licensing Scheme in Hastings and Lemyngton wards which will be implemented following Secretary of State approval.

Full details of these proposed conditions can be found on the Licence Conditions for Selective Licensing Consultation webpage.

The consultation ran between January 18, 2021 until Friday February 26, 2021.

Licence Conditions for Additional Licensing Consultation

The Council held a six-week consultation on the Licensing Conditions for the borough-wide Additional Licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) which will be implemented from April 2021. 

Full details of these proposed conditions can be found on the Licence Conditions for Additional Licensing Consultation webpage.

The consultation ran between January 18, 2021 until Friday February 26, 2021.

Consultations 2020

Improving Allendale Road and Farnham Road green spaces

We held a consultation on proposals lookings to improve the Allendale Road and Farnham Road green spaces as part of a programme. Residents were asked for their comments on the proposed improvements and the consultations closed in October 2020.

Private sector housing licensing schemes

Charnwood Borough Council held a consultations on two proposed private sector housing licensing schemes. 

  • Additional Licensing scheme
  • Selective Licensing scheme

Comments for both consultations closed on Friday October 23, 2020.

What is additional licensing?

The Council is proposing to introduce a borough wide additional licensing scheme for all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). It will cover all HMOs, irrespective of the number of stories that are occupied by three or four unrelated persons and all Section 257 HMOs (buildings converted into self-contained flats) where the building is wholly occupied by tenants.

More information can be found on the additional licensing consultation webpage.

What is selective licensing?

The Council is proposing to introduce a selective licensing scheme in the Hastings and Lemyngton Wards to improve property conditions, management standards and to improve the quality of our neighbourhoods and to support safe, inclusive and cohesive communities.

More information can be found on the selective licensing consultation webpage.

Shepshed Town Centre Project

The Shepshed Town Centre Project will improve the public realms of Shepshed Town Centre.

The Council is working closely with the Shepshed Town Team, with support from Shepshed Town Council on the project which will cover improvements in Bull Ring, Market Place, Field Street and Hall Croft.

Local residents, businesses and visitors to the Shepshed town centre were asked to give feedback on the proposed plans. Comments for the consultation closed on Monday October 19, 2020.

For more information about the project and the proposed designs visit the Shepshed Town Centre Project webpage

Booth Wood Local Nature Reserve Consultation

Booth Wood is a small woodland owned by Charnwood Borough Council and situated on the western outskirts of Loughborough.

The woodland sits as a small pocket on the eastern edge of the Garendon Park estate.

As part of our 2016 Open Spaces Strategy we outlined plans to create local nature reserves across the borough to support and encourage more wildlife, Booth Wood is one of the areas we would like to designate in this way.

We ran a consultation until September 3, 2020 as part of our application for Booth Wood to become local nature reserve with Natural England.

A draft Management Plan has been prepared to set out the vision, objectives and priorities for the management of the site in consultation with the local community.

Read the draft Booth Wood Management Plan.

Comments from the survey that closed on September 3 will be used as part of the council's application to Natural England to see Booth Wood designated as a Local Nature Reserve.

The status would give the wood more protection from development and would mean planners would need to consider the impact of the area caused by nearby planning applications.

Loughborough Town Deal

A consultation was held between June 16 and July 5, 2020. Residents and businesses were encouraged to have a say about the Loughborough Town Deal draft investment plan.

The Loughborough Town Deal is aiming to secure up to £25 million of government funding to transform the town. The draft investment plan outlines four areas of focus:

  • Physical regeneration and how Loughborough functions as a place
  • Equipping people, communities and businesses for the future
  • A smart, green Loughborough
  • Loughborough – 'innovation city', global national and regional destination

The Town Deal Board will now make a decision on the final investment plan.

Loughborough Town Deal

We sought ideas as part of the Loughborough Town Deal project between February 9 and 23, 2020. Loughborough has been invited by the government to bid for up to £25 million under its Town Deal Scheme. Community involvement is key and therefore we are looking for people to give their views on what makes Loughborough great and what could make it better. More information is available on the town deal web page.

Consultations 2019

Draft corporate plan

We consulted on our draft corporate plan 2020-24 until December 18, 2019. The plan sets out the Council's vision and priorities for the next four years.

Draft Charnwood Local Plan 2019-36

We ran a consultation about our draft Charnwood Local Plan 2019-36 between November 4 and December 16. 

The draft plan sets out how the Council will balance future growth in the area while making sure the environment is looked after and communities have the infrastructure they need.

The new local plan will include strategic and detailed policies and will be prepared to provide for a longer plan period than the adopted Charnwood Core Strategy which provides the strategy up to 2028.

As well as providing housing and jobs, the local plan considers the quality of design, climate change, renewable energy and improving biodiversity. It also considers how we secure infrastructure for our growing communities, including health services, schools and the transport system.

The Council will consider all the comments it receives during the consultation carefully and provide a statement of how it is responding to each of them.  We will then use those comments and additional evidence to update the plan ready for further consultation in 2020.  

More information is available on the draft Charnwood Local Plan 2019-36 page.

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods

Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order for dog Control in February 2017 to apply conditions about dog control on the estate.

Charnwood Borough Council made the order in line with legislation in the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Order included a dogs on leads zone (yellow zone) on a seasonal basis which was varied to all year round in 2018. The rest of the estate is a dogs on lead by direction zone (green zone) which covers 75% of the estate except for the deer sanctuary which is a dogs exclusion zone (grey zone).

The Order lasts for up to three years so in February 2020 it is proposed to continue with the Public Spaces Protection Order for Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods in the same format as the varied order in 2018, this would comprise of:

  • Yellow zone – dogs on leads between 9am and 10pm
  • Green zone – dogs on lead by direction (requirement to put dog on a lead if a Ranger thinks the dog is out of control or likely to become out of control)
  • Grey Zone – Deer sanctuary – dogs exclusion zone for safety of the deer (people are also excluded from this area)

For full details of the 2018 varied Public Spaces Protection Order can be found further down on this webpage.

The consultation was open from Wednesday October 16 and ended on Friday November 22 at 5pm.

Notice to extend Public Spaces Protection Order - Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood

At the closure of the formal consultation period, we reviewed all comments/objections and made the decision to propose an extension to the order.

The PSPO continued to address anti-social behaviour issues relating to dog control across the estate of Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood. The majority of dog owners are responsible and display effective dog control but there are some occasions where additional controls are necessary for clarity to ensure all people in controls of dogs are acting responsibly.

Any representation or objection to the variation to the PSPO outlined in this notice was asked to be put in writing addressed to: 

Public Spaces Protection Orders Consultation (BP2020), C/O Street Management
Charnwood Borough Council
Southfield Road
LE11 2TR

Stating the reference number to which they relate and the grounds for making them before Thursday January 16, 2020.

The full notice can be read below:

Empty homes premium consultation

We held a consultation about proposals to increase a council tax premium paid by the owners of empty homes in Charnwood.

We were seeking views on possible changes to the empty homes premium following new powers which have been given to local authorities by the Government.

The consultation ran until January 6, 2019.

King Street car park, Sileby consultation

We were looking for feedback about King Street car park in Sileby. The car park has 90 spaces and we were looking at whether we need to make changes to the way it is operated to reduce the times when it is full.

The consultation closed on June 30, 2019.

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation

Charnwood Borough Council currently has a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place which runs from January 2017 to January 2020. 

The PSPO will need to be varied or extended in January 2020 as three years is the maximum time period these orders can be in place in line with the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The first part of varying/extending these orders will involve a consultation across the Borough.

The current orders cover:

  • Not allowing a dog to foul and not clearing up (across the whole Borough except private and agricultural land)
  • Dogs being excluded from fenced children’s play areas
  • Dogs being kept on a lead in certain areas

The proposals in the consultation include maintaining the existing controls and also asking residents and other stakeholders if further controls may be considered.

The consultation ran until May 24, 2019.

Loughborough Benchmarking Town Centre Survey 2018

Charnwood Borough Council and People and Places Insight Limited undertook a Benchmarking review of Loughborough town centre. Benchmarking was conducted in over 350 locations and performance was measured against 12 indicators such as Retail Offer, Footfall and Car Parking. As part of the process, the following short survey was devised to allow both users and non-users to provide their ratings and views on various aspects of Loughborough town centre. 

Responses were collected until Sunday November 4, 2018.

Consultations 2018

Loughborough burial provision consultation

The Council is looking at options to increase burial provision in Loughborough as the existing cemetery is expected to reach capacity within four years.

The Council has investigated a number of possibilities and identified three viable options which will provide burial space for many years to come.

The Council held a consultation on these options between August 8 and September 23, 2018. The Council's cabinet will now consider the options at a meeting in the autumn.

Community Safety Consultation

Charnwood Borough Council and Charnwood Community Safety Partnership is committed to making Loughborough town centre a safe place to live, visit and work and community consultation is key to shaping our service delivery.

A survey was carried out in September about a civil injunction put in place in December 2016 and running until December 2018 and about a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which restricts people drinking alcohol if it is linked to anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

Anstey car park consultation

The Council carried out a consultatino about The Nook car park in Anstey in August, 2018.

The purpose of the questionnaire was to consider the current user base and gauge whether further restrictions to the parking length of stay are supported to improve the operation of the car park.

PSPO consultation to vary existing Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO): Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood

We were seeking views on the proposed variation to the current Public Spaces Protection Oder (PSPO) for Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood. This Notice outlines the details of the proposed variation to the PSPO. 

The current PSPO insists that all dogs are kept on leads in areas of the park shown in yellow on the Plan (this is seasonal between Good Friday or April 1 (whichever is sooner) and October 31, between 9am and 10pm.

A full copy of the current PSPO can be seen below:

The proposed variation to the PSPO insists that all dogs are kept on leads in areas of the park shown in yellow on the Plan between 9am and 10pm all year round.

The consultation ended on August 16 2018.

Consultation on the Public Space Protection Order for the Bradgate Park Estate

Visitors to the Park, residents and partners were invited to put their comments forward about dog control on the Bradgate Park Estate.

Park visitors, residents and groups which may be affected were asked for their views on whether or not a variation to the current PSPO should be made to extend the requirement to keep dogs on leads all year round whilst in the yellow zone of the map (path which stretches from the parks Newtown Linford entrance, to the Hall Gates entrance in Cropston)

Currently, this is a seasonal restriction (from Good Friday or April 1 whichever is sooner) to October 31.

The consultation ended on June 30, 2018.

Local plan review

We are in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough, for the period up to 2036, and we asked for your views and representations via our consultation portal.

For more information, visit our Local Plan review page. 

The consultation closed on June 7, 2018.

Sidings Park improvements

We asked for your views on plans to revamp Southfields Park.

The consultation closed on May 7, 2018.

Southfields Park improvements

We asked for your views on plans to revamp Southfields Park. The consultation closed on April 30, 2018.

Strategic Growth Plan

The Strategic Growth Plan is the overarching plan which will set out the aspirations for delivering growth in Leicester and Leicestershire.

A consultation on the draft strategic growth plan was launched on January 11, 2018 and ended on May 10, 2018. 

You can find out more information on the Strategic Growth Plan website.

More information about the consultation and the growth plan is also contained on the Strategic Growth Plan webpage.

Planning Enforcement Plan

The planning enforcement team are looking for your views on proposals for an Enforcement Plan and is welcoming comments.

The plan seeks to provide guidance on the principles and procedures involved in planning enforcement.

The plan relates to the regulatory functions of the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team and sets out the way in which the Council intends to secure effective compliance with legislation while taking into account the views and needs of the developer, individuals, organisations and business. You can view the draft plan below:

The consultation closed on March 23, 2018.

Private sector housing enforcement policy

Charnwood Borough Council is reviewing the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy and is welcoming comments.

The policy seeks to ensure that all properties let as residential dwellings and those in private ownership throughout the Borough are of good quality and are well managed.

The policy relates to regulatory functions of the Council’s private sector housing team and sets out the way in which the Council intends to secure effective compliance with legislation while minimising the burden to the Council, individuals, organisations and business. You can view the draft policy below:

The consultation closed on March 9, 2018.

Loughborough conservation area boundary review

A comprehensive review of the current conservation area boundaries in Loughborough was carried out and we sought views on the proposed changes. 

The consultation ran from February 5 to March 5, 2018.

More information about the boundary review can be seen on the review's webpage.

Thrussington Neighbourhood Plan

Thrussington Parish Council submitted the Thrussington Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents to Charnwood Borough Council for examination.

The Plan underwent formal consultation for a period of 6 weeks from Friday January 12, 2018 to Sunday February 25, 2018. Further details can be found on the dedicated Thrussington Neighbourhood Plan website.

Homeless strategy consultation

The borough council sought comments on a new Homelessness Strategy for 2018-2020.

The Strategy sets out our approach for tackling homelessness in the Borough.

The Strategy aims to prevent homelessness and ensure that accommodation and support is available for people who become homeless within the Borough.

The Strategy will concentrate on five key objectives:

  • Strong and effective partnership working
  • Early targeted advice and intervention to prevent the loss of accommodation
  • Effective action to relieve homelessness
  • Support to sustain tenancies and prevent repeat homelessness
  • Protect and increase local housing options.

Below is a copy of the draft strategy and the action plan:

The consultation closed at Midnight on Monday February 26, 2018.

Draft economic development strategy 2018-20

The borough council sought comments on a draft Economic Development Strategy for Charnwood. 

More information can be found on the draft economic development strategy webpage. Read the Economic Development Strategy for Charnwood.

The closing date for comments was February 16, 2018.

Consultations, 2017

The Outwoods

We asked for views on what kind of improvements people would like to see made at The Outwoods. The consultation closed on December 18, 2017. 

Community Governance Review - stage two consultation

A second phase of the community governence review was held following an initial consultation. For more indepth information, read the community governance report which went to council on June 26.

For more information visit our Community Governance Review pageThe consultation closed on October 6, 2017.

Residents' Survey 2017 

We carried out a residents' survey in September and October last year. A total of 1,571 people responded.

Loughborough Town Centre 2017 consultation

A consultation was held on the Loughborough Town Centre Masterplan which set out a number of proposals to develop the town centre to ensure its viability and vitality in the future.

For more information please got to the Loughborough Town Centre Masterplan webpage. The consultation closed on September 22, 2017.

Allocations Policy consultation

A consultation was held on the proposed changes to the Choice Based Housing Allocations Policy.

Areas that were covered in the consultation included:

• The types of properties that will be advertised through the Choice Based Lettings scheme
• Who will qualify for the Housing Register
• How applications on the Housing Register will be prioritised or banded

The consultation closed on Friday September 22, 2017.

Open Spaces consultation

A consultation was held to review the way local people use their open spaces across the district. We wanted to know what people thought of their open spaces and what improvements could be made to encourage people to use them more often. The consultation closed on August 31, 2017.

Community Governance Review

A public consultation was held between February 1 and April 30, 2017 as part of a community governance review. The review provides councils with the opportunity to review and make changes to community governance in their areas, usually where there have been changes to the local population. 

A summary of the responses is contained in a report to full council on June 26, 2017.

Following the consultation a number of proposals have been put forward and a second phase of consultation is underway. For more information visit our Community Governance Review page

PSPO consultation: Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood

A proposal for the purposes of reducing antisocial behaviour, in relation to dog control, in Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood.

Improving Kirkstone Park

A consultation was held to see what local residenst would like to see at a new proposed play area in the green space at the end of Kirkstone Drive in Loughborough. For more information can be found on the Improving Kirkstone Park webpageThe consultation closed on July 21, 2017.

Consultations, 2016

Payphone removals consultation: A consultation to find out your views on BT's wish to remove 24 public phone boxes located within the borough.

Hit the Steet survey: Hit the Street is a three year project run as part of our Community Sport Activation Fund. This survey asked for views on what sports activities to include in 2017. 

Public Spaces Protection Order consultation: A proposal for the purposes of reducing antisocial behaviour, in relation to dog control, in Charnwood.

Annual Loughborough town centre survey: The survey asked people a range of questions about the town centre and for ideas on how it could be improved. You can read more about it in our press release issued on November 8, 2016.

Bedford Square Gateway Consultation: A consultation on proposed improvements to Bedford Square, Devonshire Square and Wards End in Loughborough. 

Changes to Local Council Tax Support Scheme: A consultation on proposed changes to the Local Council Tax Support scheme. 

Leicester & Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan: A strategic growth plan, outlining the amount and location of future growth in the area up to 2036 and broad aspirations for growth up to 2050.

Customer Service Strategy: We conducted a survey to seek the views of residents as part of our Customer Service Strategy. 

Consultations, 2015

Housing strategy: Consultation on the draft housing strategy delivery plan actions, including who would be best placed to deliver those actions.

Consultations, 2014

Student Occupancy: Consultation on whether our policy approaches to managing student occupancy are being successful. 

East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Frieght Interchange: Consultation on East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange 

Car Parking Scrutiny Panel Public Consultation: A consultation was undertaken on the effectiveness of our arrangements for providing car parking in Charnwood

Charnwood Climate Local: A consultation on our plan to mitigate the impact of climate change in the borough.

Designation of Neighbourhood Area: Consultation on an application made by Barrow upon Soar Parish Council, for designation of a Neighbourhood Area.

Consultations, 2013

Sounds of summer resident survey: An online consultation to gauge residents’ satisfaction with our services. 

Council Tax support consultation - 21st August - 10th October 2013: Residents were asked for their views on proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2014. 

Improving Lives Survey June: Part of the Improving Lives, Support Communities campaign.

Homelessness strategy consultation: Residents were asked to comment on the draft Homelessness Strategy which sets out the priorities and ambitions for our homelessness services for the next five years.  

Consultation on the customer service strategy: Consultation on the Draft Customer Service Strategy and access to services online.

Consultation equality strategy: Consultation on the council's Equality Strategy 2013-2016

Allocations Policy Review 2013: Consultation on proposed changes in the Choice Based Lettings Scheme. 

Don't Muck Around survey 2013: Residents asked to select their priorities for the 2013 Campaign.    

Consultations, 2012

Supplementary consultation: We undertook a Supplementary Consultation on a range of supplementary options for distributing growth. 

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