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The application for two houses on Black Horse Hill has been withdrawn.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

Developers to present updated plans

Jupiter Strategic Land Ltd have announced another public showing of their plans for large scale housing development on the fields behind the Church Hall and on Measham Rd.

This will be on Wednesday 25th September 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at the Sir John Moore Foundation.

They say their plans have been revised and that this is another opportunity for the public to make their feelings known – Please do so!!

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.

Proposed housing threatens Appleby community and environment

At an event organised by the developers on July 26th we learnt more of the plans for large scale housing on two sites in Appleby.  The developers had their own fancy models and maps but these cannot disguise the scale of these proposals or their inappropriate location.  The developers said that they wanted to ‘consult’ with residents but their questionnaires only asked what we wanted in return for accepting their proposals.  This is not genuine consultation over whether we should have the houses at all.

At the Parish Council meeting on August 1st the Open Forum was devoted to further discussion of these proposals.  Around 50 local people attended.  No one spoke in favour of the development. You can read our notes of the meeting here (pdf file)

The arguments made against the development included:

• both fields are defined in local planning documents as countryside outside the limits to development with no housing permitted.  This should be defended by the Parish Council by supporting the District Council’s policy to maintain these limits to development

• the scale of the development was over 10 times more than the Council’s Core Strategy average allocation of under 10 houses for each Sustainable Village in the next 18 years. Building over 100 houses rather than the 5-10 we were originally told to expect is completely unacceptable.

• the open rural aspect of this area had been identified in the Village Design Statement as a key part of the character of the village. This showed that existing village opinion was that it should be protected

• whatever the promises made about the high quality and low density of houses made now, it was likely that, if permission were obtained, the land would be sold on and all this would change (as many of us remember happening with the application for the hotel at the top of Rectory Lane)

• the village infrastructure was fragile regarding flooding, electricity supply, sewage management and could not cope with large scale development

• the Strategic Housing Land Allocation Assessment process carried out by the Council had been deeply flawed without proper regard to the status of land under consideration and without public consultation

• the village had supported past proposals for affordable houses at an appropriate scale and location which offered genuine opportunities for local people – the new proposals completely lacked credibility on these issues

• evidence on shopping and work patterns in the village showed that this type of development would result in far more car journeys with higher carbon emissions directly counter to the national and local obligations to sustainable development to mitigate climate change

• the offers of financial incentives by the developers went against the democratic principles of the local plan and were not needed by the village as shown by its successful track record in securing the resources needed for community ventures without doing ‘deals’ of this nature.

We are expecting a formal planning application to be made in September.  This will be the time to register formal objections.

In the meantime you can let our representatives know your views.  People to contact include
Chair of the Parish Council, Paul Hemmerdinger – paulhemmerdinger@googlemail.com
Our District Councillor Richard Blunt – richard.blunt@leics.gov.uk
Our County Councillor Heather Worman – heather.worman@leics.gov.uk and
Our MP Andrew Bridgen – andrew.bridgen.mp@parliament.uk
(further contact details for our representatives can be found via the village web site)

You can also support the application that the field behind the Church Hall should become a village green.  This would continue its use as an area used by village residents for recreation.  This application is supported by the Parish Council and our MP.  Letters of support must be received August 27th. This date has now been extended until 8th October. There are more details on our Village Green pageAEBoard3_Small

All Change for Appleby Update

We had a great turnout at our exhibition on 12 July where people shared  what they knew about likely developments in the village, and their concerns.  If you missed it you can see a report and our display boards here (pdf)

The consultation on the HS2 route is now open and can be  found at www.hs2.org.uk/phase-two/route-consultation.   You can learn more about the case against HS2 from the Stop HS2 website  at www.stophs2.org

But of most immediate concern is the prospect of large scale  housing developments.  We will keep you informed of proposals and what you  can do about it on this site.

All Change for Appleby

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In the 1990s:

  • Developers threatened all the countryside around  the motorway junction and to reduce the open countryside between Measham and  Appleby with plans for shops and warehouses – these were largely defeated with  massive support from Appleby residents.

In the 2000s:

  • Limited change to the village – mostly  sympathetically designed and sited.  The  Village Design Statement, created by village residents in 1999, helped to  ensure this.

What will the next 10 – 15 years bring?

  • A developer wants to build between 150 and 175  houses all on land outside the village boundary.  Appleby currently has less than 500  houses.  Half of these proposed houses  would be behind the Church Hall, next to historic buildings and the  Conservation Area, the others on Measham Road.   All bringing more traffic to village roads and pressure on services.
  • HS2 rail link is planned to come the Appleby  side of the motorway, through the hotel, the top of Rectory Lane and passing  very close to the Old Rectory.
  • Local and National planning policy (used to judge  new applications) is changing.  It  generally favours more development.  Our  Village Design Statement will only continue to be effective if it is updated  and reflects current residents’ views.

Appleby is an attractive rural village with clear boundaries and a balance of different types of housing.   Let’s keep it that way!