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New details of HS2 route published

HS2 have published new maps showing how they propose to change the routes of the A444 and the Tamworth Rd to cross the line (see the link on our HS2 page).  The Tamworth Rd will come much closer to the village.  Will this increase traffic noise?  Will it encourage further housing applications? HS2 are holding a public meeting on 12th July at the Measham Leisure Centre.  Please attend and ask questions and express any concerns.  Also let us know and we will try to coordinate a response later in the year.

Reminder – HS2 meetings

Wednesday 4th January, 7pm, Measham Leisure Centre (bar area).  Meeting to formally set up the joint Measham, Appleby, Packington & Austrey HS2 Action Group to oppose the ‘Measham Re-route’ proposal.  All welcome but of particular importance if you want to be actively involved in developing the campaign.

We also want everyone concerned to sign up for updates from the new organisation at www.mapahs2action.org.uk/.

Congestion on Village Roads?

Have you noticed more cars, vans and lorries in the village which seem to be associated with the houses being built on Measham Rd and the two Top Street sites?  We have found out from the District Council which roads these vehicles are allowed to use – and which not! There should be no off-site parking.  For details of these restrictions and what you can do if you think they are being broken see our housing application page.

Local Plan Factsheet & Posters

You will find posters up around the village explaining the issues affecting Appleby in the draft Local Plan and encouraging you to respond to North West Leicestershire District Council’s current consultation (Deadline 5pm 30th November 2015).  This is also covered on our Local Plan page.  We have also added a downloadable factsheet from that page for those of you who want more background.

New Local Plan – Consultation

North West Leicestershire District Council Planning Department want to hear your views – yes we know they didn’t seem very interested in them last time you expressed them but this is a bit different!

This is a formal consultation period on the new Draft Local Plan and it runs from now until the end of November.  We have set up a new Local Plan page with information on how to find the document and how to respond.  We will be posting more information soon on the issues which we feel are most important and that you might want to take account of in your responses.

25 rejected, 68 approved, another 72 to be considered …

The April planning committee voted in line with the officers’ recommendations (reported in our last post).  This meant that 2 of the 3 applications (Measham Rd and Botts Lane / Land behind Top St) were approved.

The Church St / Bowley’s Lane site was rejected primarily on the grounds of the historic importance of that site.

The officers argued that Appleby needed to take this many houses to contribute to targets for the District as a whole.  They felt that Appleby had a “good range of day to day services”.  There was a clear view expressed that further housing would not be be ‘sustainable’.

Thanks to all those who wrote to the planners and to our councillors and MP.  Also to those who attended the Planning Meeting – including those who spoke.  Our objections and activities did achieve some things – the reduction by nearly half of the Measham Rd application and the rejection of the Church St one.

Unfortunately it is not over yet … We have applications pending for 60 houses on Top St / Didcott Way and 12 houses Top St / Snarestone Lane.  There is still time to write letters about these.  As well as specific arguments about the particular sites, do stress the number of houses already approved and the cut back in bus services and the closure of the GP surgery.

Specific arguments for rejecting 60 houses on Top St / Didcott Way include:  effect on the setting of the school as a listed building, impact of traffic close to the school, effect of junctions created by proximity to Didcott Way and approved housing opposite, next to Botts Lane.

Specific arguments for rejecting 12 houses on Top St / Snarestone Lane include: impact on the setting of listed buildings and the Conservation Area (which includes part of the site); impact on rural approach to the historic village; danger of traffic coming from the site close to junctions between Snarestone Lane and Top St and to the junction of Top St, Blackhorse Hill, and Mawby’s Lane which particularly puts at risk pedestrians and cyclists at the Black Horse corner.

68 houses recommended for approval

The planning officers are recommending that 39 houses are approved for Measham Rd and 29 houses for Top Street / Botts Lane.  You can read their report on the NWL District Council Site by downloading the ‘Agenda Reports Pack’.

The decision will be made by the Planning Committee on 8th April 2014 at 4.30 p.m. in the District Council Offices in Coalville.

There are two things you can do at this stage:

1.  Contact the elected councillors who are on the Planning Committee and who can refuse to follow the officers’ recommendation.  You can find their contact details here – Councillors on planning cmttee Jan 2014.  Phone or email them to explain your concerns.  Also contact Richard Blunt (richard.blunt@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or  01530 454510).  He is not on the Planning Committee but is the councillor for Appleby and also leader of the Council.

2.  You can attend the planning meeting to show your concern and talk to councillors as they go into the meeting.

The application for 25 houses on Church St / Bowley’s Lane has been recommended for rejection.  Again this is a decision for councillors.  The application for 60 houses on Top St / Didcott Way is not yet ready to come to committee.

Applications update

We are now facing 4 applications – the two from Jupiter on Measham Road (for 73 houses) and on the corner of Church Street / Bowleys Lane (now reduced by one to 25 houses).  The other two are 32 houses next to Botts Lane and behind the houses on Top Street; and then the other side of Top Street between Top Street, Didcott Way and Wren close – for 60 houses.

The application for two houses on Black Horse Hill has been withdrawn.  The one for 8 houses on Measham Rd, close to Stoney Lane, has been approved.  This field had a different status from the other fields where there are applications so we should not take this as an indication of what decision will be made about the other applications.

We are expecting all the remaining applications to be determined at a meeting on 8th April.  There is still time to write letters in relation to the Top Street applications.  See the housing application page for more details.