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The Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2026

The Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council in September 2015 and continues to represent the wishes of residents of Market Bosworth. Together with Hinckley and Bosworth’s Local Plan it is used to inform planning decisions affecting Market Bosworth. The main parts of the plan can be seen on this site and the full plan can be seen at Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2026.

In 2020, the Bosworth Vision Planning Group commissioned AECOM, an independent consultancy, to undertake a full assessment of our current Housing Needs and also carried out a review of how well the made plan met the basic conditions and accords with national planning policy and the local plan. The review concluded that no updates to the plan were necessary now, other than publishing the Housing Need Assessment of July 2020 which gives a figure of 108 new dwellings (very similar to the original Plan’s figure of “100+”).

In February 2021 Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council formally updated the Plan to incorporate this new housing need. The formal notification of this modification can be seen in the formal notification of modification to the Plan.

We are delighted that this new, more definitive figure provides an update to our Neighbourhood Plan. This update will be an important material consideration in applying the housing policies of the Neighbourhood Plan and will provide the planners with the up-to-date evidence when considering planning decisions. It will also help Bosworth Vision as we undertake a more comprehensive review of the existing Neighbourhood Plan, in conjunction with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, so that the wishes of residents can be met in the medium-to long-term (up to the late 2030s).

Why we needed a Neighbourhood Plan

Market Bosworth has been described as ‘the Jewel in the Crown of the Borough’. Set in a rural environment, it is one of the smallest towns in England. The needs and aspirations of those that live in, work in and visit this historic town have to be reconciled with competing pressures from multiple sources

Market Bosworth has for centuries been a focus for commerce and services for the surrounding area and is identified in the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Local Plan as a Key Rural Centre. We have the services and facilities to serve our own community as well as many of the smaller outlying villages. In addition the longstanding reputation for excellent schools attracts pupils (and parents) who travel in from a wide catchment area.

Managing the need for development, whilst retaining the essential character, requires an innovative approach to securing sustainable growth. The Plan seeks to ensure that Market Bosworth will continue to thrive as a vibrant rural town evolving to meet the challenges posed by the 21st century, yet also retaining its unique and distinctive character for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Neighbourhood Plan Overview

The Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Plan is based on extensive consultation with residents and stakeholders and was supported by 89% of respondents in a referendum prior to its adoption. It positively supports development for more housing, whilst being careful not to undermine the character and rural feel of our small town and it designates a site for development of housing and employment.

The Plan identifies suitable land for mixed housing and employment to meet the requirements identified in the Local Plan. It demonstrates the importance of green spaces to the character of the town now and for the future. It aspires to enhance social infrastructure and improve short and long term town centre car parking for visitors and residents alike.

Neighbourhood Plan Benefits

  • Provision of housing to meet the needs of the local community
  • Encouragement of sustainable design and construction of new developments
  • Preservation and enhancement of green infrastructure
  • Provision of employment development with associated job creation and economic growth
  • Maintenance of existing services and provision of new services to support the existing population and accommodate growth
  • Enhancement of cycling and walking routes
  • Improvement of traffic management
  • Minimise the potential adverse effects of development which might impact on:
  • Landscape and biodiversity by ensuring that new development is sensitively located and takes account of indigenous wildlife and local green infrastructure networks
  • The loss of greenfield land to development by incorporating previously used land into allocations wherever possible
  • The overall character of the Neighbourhood Area by clearly identifying the natural and built features, heritage and cultural development that should not be spoiled by obtrusive development
  • The overall character of the Neighbourhood Area by clearly identifying the natural and built features, heritage and cultural development that should not be spoiled by obtrusive development