About Market Bosworth
Market Bosworth is a unique Market Town steeped in history and with its own particular characteristics. It 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 a Neighbourhood Plan.
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.
Its unique charm and desirability are explored in the following sections:
Bosworth Vision firmly believes that the unique qualities of the town must be preserved and underpin all considerations for development.
Market Bosworth has seen a rapid growth in population in recent years and there is significant pressure to further increase the residential housing stock and expand the settlement boundary into the surrounding open countryside. As a result, many issues have arisen and the key drivers for further development arise from a ‘duty of care’ for future generations, the needs and expectations of the residents and businesses and the strain placed on the infrastructure that has been moulded and limited by the history of the town. To a great extent the character of the town stems from the open vistas identified in the Conservation Area Character Appraisal as views that must be protected.
Development issues include:
- Transport: car parking, roads, road signage ‘pollution’ and the connectivity of the town with surrounding villages and beyond
- Housing: needs of the local population, especially first time buyers and those seeking to downsize
- Business: infrastructure, support services and expansion opportunities.
- Tourism: encourage more weekend visits to the town, Bosworth Water Trust, the Country Park, railway and canal.
- Infrastructure: meeting the changing demands for services (including high speed broadband and mobile phone reception [4G and 5G]), both commercial and social, for the local population.
- Countryside: protecting the green environment, especially the open areas, panoramic views and countryside surrounding the settlement area.