The starting point.
Following an appeal by the Parish Council in the summer of 2012 a group of residents volunteered their time, expertise and energy to contribute to a Steering Group to oversee the development of the Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This involved identifying and analysing key themes and issues regarded by residents as important to the future of the town.
The group prepared a constitution and designated the area of the Parish Boundary as the focus for the Neighbourhood Development Plan subject to a public consultation.
Market Bosworth has been described as ‘the Jewel in the Crown of Leicestershire’. The Battlefield, Markets, Country and Water parks, steam railway, canal and a large hotel bring in visitors from far and wide.
With a longstanding reputation for excellent schools, pupils (and parents) travel in from a substantial catchment area. Set in a rural environment, it is one of the smallest towns in England with an array of issues, many of which can be addressed without spoiling its unique character through an NDP.
This historic town is subject to pressure from multiple sources and the needs and aspirations of those that are growing up, have grown up or grown old(er) in Market Bosworth. It is a vibrant community that has identified the need to enhance the quality and quantity of green spaces, facilitate the social infrastructure, improve the allocation of employment sites and secure additional town centre car parking for visitors and residents alike.
Bosworth Vision recognises these key issues and aims to identify ways to resolve or better manage solutions. It will consider options to respond to the problems with externally and internally generated investment and maximise the many synergies resulting from concerted and planned actions. The NDP provides a basis for encouraging harmonious developments which will sustain local jobs and businesses, improve housing to meet local needs and enhance the accessible social and physical infrastructure. The overall objective is to achieve proportionate infrastructure development and reinvigorate the local community for the future whilst protecting the essential character of Market Bosworth.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced the right for parishes such as Market Bosworth to decide the future of their community by producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) based on the needs and requirements of the community. The aim of the Plan is to cover aspects relating to future developments of the town and wider parish identified by all stakeholders in the community. Following an appeal by the Parish Council in the summer of 2012 a group of residents volunteered their time, expertise and energy to contribute to a Steering Group t0 oversee the development of the Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This group is known as Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Forum.
A Neighbourhood Plan enables those who know and care about their community to plan for its future development. It is not about stopping growth but it is about ensuring development is planned strategically to meet the needs of the community. It considers homes, jobs, and services whilst looking to protect and enhance the best of the town and its environment.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan brings together the views of local people and represents them to a wide range of organizations that set policies and deliver services to rural areas. The Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Plan serves this purpose for the town and can be summarized as encompassing the following –
- it is a document which sets out what people value in this community and what they would like to change
- is a process which has involved the wider community and has its own value distinct for the document itself, and
- it is an action plan for projects to achieve the aspirations of local people.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan, now finalised and adopted by the Borough Council, will become the starting point for determining planning applications in the area.
It can be used to:
- develop a shared vision for the future of the neighbourhood
- choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development are located
- identify and protect important local green spaces
- influence the design of new buildings
- promote renewable energy projects
- protect the historical environment
The area covered by the Plan is indicated on this map below :