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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The application for two houses on Black Horse Hill has been withdrawn.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.

Objection Letters Needed – Now!

There are 4 applications currently being considered by the District Council.

Stop Press – We have just heard that there is 5th one next to Botts Lane and behind Top St (Application No. 13/00697/OUTM).  More notes on this to follow. Also a ‘consultation’ event on Thursday 28th, 5-7.30pm at the school about a 6th next to Didcott Way.

You can object to them all, or just the ones you are particularly concerned about.


Letters of objection (quoting the reference numbers) shou.ld be made to:

Jenny Davies, Planning Department
North West Leicestershire District Council
Council Offices
Leicestershire LE67 3FJ

Or you can object online via the District Council’s website (see our housing page where you can download instructions on how to do this).  You can also find details of all the applications there.

Personal letters with points important to you are best but here are some suggestions of relevant points to include.

You might start any letter by saying:
Appleby is facing many planning applications. The council should consider these together and recognise that the village can only absorb a small number of houses without changing its character.

Bowleys Lane / Church Street (26 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00799/FULM)
• This field is higher than the surrounding roads. Two and a half storey houses will dominate the surrounding listed buildings and conservation area, changing the historic character of the village.
• This field is well used by local people for recreation. It is an important open space in the village and should be preserved.
• Church Street and Bowleys Lane are both narrow winding roads which are unsuitable for the extra traffic that would be caused and would be dangerous to pedestrians and horse riders. Attempts to widen these roads or otherwise change them to take more cars will spoil them.
• This area is subject to flooding. More hard surfaces will only make this problem worse.

Measham Road (73 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00797/FULM)
• This is a very large application which will put a strain on local facilities such as the school. There is no local employment on this scale.
• Having a large block of new houses at this entrance to the village will change the character of Appleby as an attractive rural village. The field is higher than the road which will add to the dominance of this development.
• This field is part of the countryside between Appleby and the major road network. This makes Appleby a distinctive rural settlement.
• Measham Rd is a village road not suitable for the extra traffic that will be generated.
• This area is subject to flooding. More hard surfaces will only make this problem worse.

Measham Road (8 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00829/OUT)
• This green field next to the conservation area has been assessed as important to the character of the village in appeals against previous applications. Details of house design and location should be provided before the application is considered.
• This area is subject to flooding. More hard surfaces will only make this problem worse.

BlackHorse Hill (2 dwellings, Ref. No: 13/00809/OUT)
• This green field next to the conservation area is important to the character of the village. Details of house design and location should be provided before the application is considered.
• Building into countryside outside the current built shape of the village will set a precedent for future applications.


How to object to planning applications

We are running a drop in workshop on Saturday 9th November in the Church Hall from 12 noon to 4 pm.

We will have details of the main planning applications and can provide guidance on the main grounds on which you can object.

Just drop in during that period to share your thoughts, discuss your concerns or for practical help.  Please also see our housing page where we will provide updates and help sheets.

If you haven’t done so already please fill in and submit your details on our home page (Subscribe to our mailing list).  We will then email you with any updates.  We won’t pass your details on to anyone.

Parish Council to consider housing applications

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Thursday 7th November at 7.30 pm at the Sir John Moore Foundation.

The Parish Council are consulted about all planning applications in the village.  At this meeting they have the opportunity to object to the applications for 26 houses between Church Street and Bowley’s Lane; for 73 houses on the west side of Measham Rd; and for 8 houses on the east side of Measham Rd.

At the beginning of the meeting there is a public session where you can ask questions, express your views and encourage the Parish Council to take particular action.  Please attend.

Please complete village questionnaire

An independent short questionnaire is now available on the Appleby Magna village website which can be completed online.  It can be accessed here.

Unlike the one from the developers it allows you to say whether you want more housing in Appleby.  You can also add comments such as your views about the inappropriateness of development in particular locations.

Please complete this so that there is some alternative information on people’s views.

If you know anyone who cannot complete the survey online and would like a paper copy then get in touch and we will arrange for a copy to be delivered.