Great community engagement
The community engagement event organised by the Parish Council and Bosworth Vision Planning Group on 12th March was very well attended with over 220 people signing in. As HBBC had not consulted the people of Market Bosworth effectively before issuing the latest draft of its Local plan it was left to the PC and BVPG to arrange consultation.
Information about what the new draft HBBC Local Plan would mean for Market Bosworth if it was adopted was available and there was a lot of lively discussion. HBBC had been asked to send representatives to explain the rationale behind the Plan, including how the proposed housing numbers had been determined. However they declined to send anyone.
If you have not already done so, you have until 5pm on Wednesday 23 March 2022 to make your views known.
Take a look at the news item below for further information and some of the questions you may want answering.
You can make comments by email to email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org (Include your name and address so that HBBC knows that you are a resident or have other interests here) by Wednesday 23 March 2022.
What are Local and Neighbourhood Plans?
A Local Plan
Local planning authorities (HBBC in our case) must prepare a local plan which sets planning policies in a local authority area and must update it every 5 years.
Once adopted, local plans provide the framework for development.
The process should have fully involved everyone who has an interest in the document and they should have had the chance to comment.
Local plans must be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
In addition to conforming with national planning policies, Local Plans should (amongs other things):
- be prepared with the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.
- be prepared positively, in a way that is aspirational but deliverable;
- be shaped by early, proportionate and effective engagement between plan-makers and communities, local organisations, businesses, infrastructure providers and operators and statutory consultees;
In order to determine the minimum number of homes needed, strategic policies should be informed by a local housing need assessment, conducted using the standard method in national planning guidance – unless exceptional circumstances justify an alternative approach…..
A Neighbourhood Plan
A Neighbourhood plan is a plan prepared by a parish council or neighbourhood forum for a designated neighbourhood area (in our case it is prepared by the Parish Council for Market Bosworth).
It must be in conformance with the Local Plan, which is prepared by the Local Planning Authority.
A Neighbourhood Plan gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
It is written by the local community: the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
The community is able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.
It provides a powerful set of tools for local people to plan for the types of development to meet their community’s needs and where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
Bosworth Vision aims to keep and improve what is good about the area and embrace the positive things that development can bring, helping the entire community share in the improved quality of life it offers.
Bosworth Vision is the website of the Bosworth Vision Planning Group, a working-group of Market Bosworth Parish Council.
Who put that mast there?
Stop the HBBC Local Plan overwhelming Market Bosworth with new housing!
Neighbourhood Plan Update
Bosworth Vision – where we are now.
Although we now have an adopted Neighbourhood Plan which remains ‘in date’ and valid, new planning regulations were introduced in 2019, a White Paper identifying new government priorities was introduced last year and Hinckley and Bosworth is consulting on a draft of its new Local Plan which will impact on many aspects of our Neighbourhood Plan.
For these reasons we will shortly be embarking on a full review of the Neighbourhood Plan which conforms to the requirements of these emerging national and Borough documents and captures our vision of how Market Bosworth should evolve up to the late 2030s.
Over the last few months, we have had a Housing Needs Assessment carried out by AECOM, a nationally recognised planning consultancy and we have had the current Plan fully screened to ensure that it still conforms to all the latest national and Borough planning policies and documents. As a result, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has now modified the Plan to ensure that it carries maximum weight in planning decisions for the next two years. See more details in The News item Modification to the Neighbourhood Plan
Bosworth Vision – moving forward.
The working group is now known as the Bosworth Vision Planning Group and already has a several new members. We welcome many more as we start the task of a full review of our Neighbourhood Plan and ensure we update the Plan to reflect your current aims objectives and aspirations for the next generation. It is important we capture the aspirations of all age groups in our town as we need to ensure we address the needs for future generations.
If you are willing to work with us on this next phase, please contact us by selecting the Volunteering page