Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Tags: Planning

Parish council wins fight over 'local identified need' for housing scheme

In a case likely to be of national interest to local councils, a Norfolk parish council has won a High Court victory against a secretary of state approval for a 15-home scheme which centred on the 'local identified need' for the development.

See link below for more information.

Posted: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:05 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Localism, planning

Leicestershire County Council's Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

Leicestershire County Council is producing a new Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

It is published as a draft and LCC want you to get involved and have your say. It's an opportunity to comment on draft policies and proposals of minerals and waste management development in the county for the future. It is important to get involved at this stage.

Full details including the draft plan and a response form are... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:38 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LCC, planning

Plain English Guide to The Planning System

The Government has just published its 'Plain English guide to the planning system'.

This document provides a summary of how the planning system in England works, using 12 headings including national planning policy, neighbourhood planning, obtaining planning permission and planning enforcement .

It is intended to give an overview and does not set out planning policy.

A copy of this document can be found... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:00 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, neighbourhood plan, planning

New LRALC Training: Major Planning Applications & Parish/Town Councils – Increasing the effectiveness of your response (4th November 2013)


This is a re-run of the event first held in June 2013. The first event was a sell out, and we expect demand for this re-run to be very high.

Across Leicestershire and Rutland there are an increasing number of planned large scale developments which will impact on parishes and towns. These range from national projects such as HS2, through to local (but still... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:36 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, planning, training

Fracking Planning Application provides a valuable lesson for Parish Councils

Many of you will have read in the press about the current protests outside of a planned fracking site in Balcombe in West Sussex.

The issue has reached national promenance and has seen the Police intervene to remove protestors from blocking the site.

However, failures in local council procedures have recently been uncovered which are causing embarrasment to Balcombe Parish Council, mistakes the Parish... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:13 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Planning

Somerby Affordable Housing Scheme

Somerby Affordable Housing Scheme

On 30 May 2013 the opening ceremony for the affordable housing scheme at Somerby took place. This attractive scheme off Oakham Road in Somerby consists of 7 affordable homes and was funded by Nottingham Community Housing Association, Melton Borough Council and New Homes Bonus funding from Leicestershire County Council.

If your Parish Council would like to find out more about affordable housing schemes... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:32 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Localism, neighbourhood plan, planning

Community Infrastructure Levy maps - Check your District's plans

Borough and district councils in Leicestershire are likely to be discussing their CIL plans over coming months. To find the status of your local planning authority and to compare CIL charges across the country Planning magazine has produced the CIL-Watch map, here.

Parish councils that take a proactive approach by drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan, and securing the consent of local people in a referendum,... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 07 May 2013 22:06 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: CIL, neighbourhood plan, planning

DCLG's "notes on neighbourhood planning": Edition 5

DCLG have issued edition 5 of their "Notes on neighbourhood planning" publication.

This bulletin from the neighbourhood planning team in the Department for Communities and Local Government provides an update on the latest news and policy developments, how the neighbourhood planning team can help communities, and how communities' varied work on the ground fits with the national picture.

Posted: Tue, 07 May 2013 20:32 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, Localism, neighbourhood plan, planning

New grants announced for Neighbourhood Plans

New grants announced for Neighbourhood Plans

From 1st May Locality is offering grants of up to £7,000 to neighbourhood planning groups, including town and parish councils.

Previously grants were directed through planning authorities. Now, local councils developing Neighbourhood Plans can apply for grants as well as direct support, and receive both at the same time.

Groups can apply for any amount from £500 up to £7,000, as long... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:45 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Funding, Neighbourhood Plan, Planning