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Arnesby Parish Council

Serving the people of Arnesby

Clerk: Terry Cane
Oak Lodge, St Peter's Road
Arnesby, Leicester LE8 5WJ

Tel: 0116 2478136

Arnesby Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council has decided to embark upon the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) to give the Council more control and influence over future planning and development in the parish. Neighbourhood Plans have their origins in the 2011 Localism Act with the aim of giving communities more power over local developments.

Before a NP is adopted and incorporated into the District Council Local plan it will be subject to independent examination and a referendum which must be approved by over 50% of local residents.

The Parish Council has appointed an Advisory Committee made up of the following:

David Johnson – Councillor

Bruce Kerr – Councillor

Robert Kennett - Local Resident

Mike Ward - Local Resident

The Advisory Committee will be looking for other people to join the Committee and contribute to theme groups.

The Parish Council has also engaged a consultant Gary Kirk of Yourlocale to assist and advise on the preparation of the Plan.

A Community Questionnaire has also been circulated to all households in the village seeking views on what people like about Arnesby, existing facilities and services and what developments and improvements they would like to see in the futur

Draft Neighbourhood Plan January 2018

Land Owner Agreement

Questionnaire Analysis October 2016

Drop in Consultation Event June 2017

Housing Analysis Survey December 2017

Leicestershire County Council Comment

Arnesby Neighbourhood Plan Group Comments Requested – 30th January 2018

Leicestershire County Council is supportive of the Neighbourhood plan process and welcome being included in this consultation.

General Comments Policy H3 could mention parking provision to match existing provision as this may currently be greater than complying with Policy D1 and would reinforce Policy T1.

Policies CF2(c) and BE3(a) could include the wording 'within the site' or similar to further assist in reducing parking issues.

Highways General Comments The County Council recognises that residents may have concerns about traffic conditions in their local area, which they feel may be exacerbated by increased traffic due to population, economic and development growth.

Like very many local authorities, the County Council's budgets are under severe pressure. It must therefore prioritise where it focuses its reducing resources and increasingly limited funds. In practice, this means that the County Highway Authority (CHA), in general, prioritises its resources on measures that deliver the greatest benefit to Leicestershire's residents, businesses and road users in terms of road safety, network management and maintenance. Given this, it is likely that highway measures associated with any new development would need to be fully funded from third party funding, such as via Section 278 or 106 (S106) developer contributions. I should emphasise that the CHA is generally no longer in a position to accept any financial risk relating to/make good any possible shortfall in developer funding.

To be eligible for S106 contributions proposals must fulfil various legal criteria. Measures must also directly mitigate the impact of the development e.g. they should ensure that the development does not make the existing highway conditions any worse if considered to have a severe residual impact. They cannot unfortunately be sought to address existing problems.

Where potential S106 measures would require future maintenance, which would be paid for from the County Council's funds, the measures would also need to be assessed against the County Council's other priorities and as such may not be maintained by the County Council or will require maintenance funding to be provide as a commuted sum.

Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

With regard to public transport, securing S106 contributions for public transport services will normally focus on larger developments, where there is a more realistic prospect of services being commercially viable once the contributions have stopped i.e. they would be able to operate without being supported from public funding.

The current financial climate means that the CHA has extremely limited funding available to undertake minor highway improvements. Where there may be the prospect of third party funding to deliver a scheme, the County Council will still normally expect the scheme to comply with prevailing relevant national and local policies and guidance, both in terms of its justification and its design; the Council will also expect future maintenance costs to be covered by the third party funding. Where any measures are proposed that would affect speed limits, on-street parking restrictions or other Traffic Regulation Orders (be that to address existing problems or in connection with a development proposal), their implementation would be subject to available resources, the availability of full funding and the satisfactory completion of all necessary Statutory Procedures.

Flood Risk Management The County Council are fully aware of flooding that has occurred within Leicestershire and its impact on residential properties resulting in concerns relating to new developments. LCC in our role as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) undertake investigations into flooding, review consent applications to undertake works on ordinary watercourses and carry out enforcement where lack of maintenance or unconsented works has resulted in a flood risk. In April 2015 the LLFA also became a statutory consultee on major planning applications in relation to surface water drainage and have a duty to review planning applications to ensure that the onsite drainage systems are designed in accordance with current legislation and guidance. The LLFA also ensures that flood risk to the site is accounted for when designing a drainage solution.

The LLFA is not able to: • Prevent development where development sites are at low risk of flooding or can demonstrate appropriate flood risk mitigation. • Use existing flood risk to adjacent land to prevent development. • Require development to resolve existing flood risk.

When considering flood risk within the development of a neighbourhood plan, the LLFA would recommend consideration of the following points: • Locating development outside of river (fluvial) flood risk (Flood Map for Planning (Rivers and Sea)). • Locating development outside of surface water (pluvial) flood risk (Risk of Flooding from Surface Water map). • Locating development outside of any groundwater flood risk by considering any local knowledge of groundwater flooding.
Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

• How potential SuDS features may be incorporated into the development to enhance the local amenity, water quality and biodiversity of the site as well as manage surface water runoff. • Watercourses and land drainage should be protected within new developments to prevent an increase in flood risk.

All development will be required to restrict the discharge and retain surface water on site in line with current government policies. This should be undertaken through the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). Appropriate space allocation for SuDS features should be included within development sites when considering the housing density to ensure that the potential site will not limit the ability for good SuDS design to be carried out. Consideration should also be given to blue green corridors and how they could be used to improve the bio-diversity and amenity of new developments, including benefits to surrounding areas.

Often ordinary watercourses and land drainage features (including streams, culverts and ditches) form part of development sites. The LLFA recommend that existing watercourses and land drainage (including watercourses that form the site boundary) are retained as open features along their original flow path, and are retained in public open space to ensure that access for maintenance can be achieved. This should also be considered when looking at housing densities within the plan to ensure that these features can be retained.

LCC, in its role as LLFA will not support proposals contrary to LCC policies.

For further information it is suggested reference is made to the National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012), Sustainable drainage systems: Written statement - HCWS161 (December 2014) and the Planning Practice Guidance webpage.

Planning Developer Contributions There is no specific policy on Section 106 developer contributions/planning obligations within the draft Neighbourhood Plan, it would be prudent to consider the inclusion of a developer contributions/planning obligations policy, along similar lines to those shown for example in the Draft North Kilworth NP and the draft Great Glen NP albeit adapted to the circumstances of your community. This would in general be consistent with the relevant District Council's local plan or its policy on planning obligations in order to mitigate the impacts of new development and enable appropriate local infrastructure and service provision in accordance with the relevant legislation and regulations, where applicable. www.northkilworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/nk-draft-low-resolution-1.pdf http://www.harborough.gov.uk/downloads/file/3599/great_glen_referendum_version_ 2pdf
Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

Mineral & Waste Planning The County Council is the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority; this means the council prepares the planning policy for minerals and waste development and also makes decisions on mineral and waste development.

Although neighbourhood plans cannot include policies that cover minerals and waste development, it may be the case that your neighbourhood contains an existing or planned minerals or waste site. The County Council can provide information on these operations or any future development planned for your neighbourhood.

You should also be aware of Mineral Consultation Areas, contained within the adopted Minerals Local Plan and Mineral and Waste Safeguarding proposed in the new Leicestershire Minerals and Waste Plan. These proposed safeguarding areas and existing Mineral Consultation Areas are there to ensure that non-waste and nonminerals development takes place in a way that does not negatively affect mineral resources or waste operations. The County Council can provide guidance on this if your neighbourhood plan is allocating development in these areas or if any proposed neighbourhood plan policies may impact on minerals and waste provision.

Education Whereby housing allocations or preferred housing developments form part of a Neighbourhood Plan the Local Authority will look to the availability of school places within a two mile (primary) and three mile (secondary) distance from the development. If there are not sufficient places then a claim for Section 106 funding will be requested to provide those places.

It is recognised that it may not always be possible or appropriate to extend a local school to meet the needs of a development, or the size of a development would yield a new school. However, in the changing educational landscape, the Council retains a statutory duty to ensure that sufficient places are available in good schools within its area, for every child of school age whose parents wish them to have one.

Property Strategic Property Services No comment at this time.

Adult Social Care It is suggested that reference is made to recognising a significant growth in the older population and that development seeks to include bungalows etc of differing tenures to accommodate the increase. This would be in line with the draft Adult Social Care Accommodation Strategy for older people which promotes that people should plan ahead for their later life, including considering downsizing, but recognising that people's choices are often limited by the lack of suitable local options.

Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

Environment With regard to the environment and in line with the Governments advice, Leicestershire County Council (LCC) would like to see Neighbourhood Plans cover all aspects of the natural environment including climate change, the landscape, biodiversity, ecosystems, green infrastructure as well as soils, brownfield sites and agricultural land.

Climate Change The County Council through its Environment Strategy and Carbon Reduction Strategy is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Leicestershire and increasing Leicestershire's resilience to the predicted changes in climate. Neighbourhood Plans should in as far as possible seek to contribute to and support a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the county's resilience to climate change.

Landscape The County Council would like to see the inclusion of a local landscape assessment taking into account Natural England's Landscape character areas; LCC's Landscape and Woodland Strategy and the Local District/Borough Council landscape character assessments. We would recommend that Neighbourhood Plans should also consider the street scene and public realm within their communities, further advice can be found in the latest 'Streets for All East Midlands ' Advisory Document (2006) published by English Heritage.

Biodiversity The Natural Environment and Communities Act 2006 places a duty on all public authorities in England and Wales to have regard, in the exercise of their duties, to the purpose of conserving biodiversity. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) clearly outlines the importance of sustainable development alongside the core principle that planning should contribute to conserving and enhancing the natural environment and reducing pollution. Neighbourhood Plans should therefore seek to work in partnership with other agencies to develop and deliver a strategic approach to protecting and improving the natural environment based on local evidence and priorities. Each Neighbourhood Plan should consider the impact of potential development on enhancing biodiversity and habitat connectivity such as hedgerows and greenways.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Environmental Records Centre (LRERC) can provide a summary of wildlife information for your Neighbourhood Plan area. This will include a map showing nationally important sites (e.g. Sites of Special Scientific Interest); locally designated Wildlife Sites; locations of badger setts, great crested newt breeding ponds and bat roosts; and a list of records of protected and priority Biodiversity Action Plan species. These are all a material consideration in the planning process. If there has been a recent Habitat Survey of your plan area, this will also be included. LRERC is unable to carry out habitat surveys on request from
Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

a Parish Council, although it may be possible to add it into a future survey programme.

Contact: planningecology@leics.gov.uk, or phone 0116 305 4108

Green Infrastructure Green infrastructure (GI) is a network of multi-functional green space, urban and rural, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for local communities, (NPPF definition). As a network, GI includes parks, open spaces, playing fields, woodlands, street trees, cemeteries/churchyards allotments and private gardens as well as streams, rivers, canals and other water bodies and features such as green roofs and living walls. The NPPF places the duty on local authorities to plan positively for a strategic network of GI which can deliver a range of planning policies including: building a strong, competitive economy; creating a sense of place and promote good design; promoting healthier communities by providing greater opportunities for recreation and mental and physical health benefits; meeting the challenges of climate change and flood risk; increasing biodiversity and conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Looking at the existing provision of GI networks within a community can influence the plan for creating & enhancing new networks and this assessment can then be used to inform CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) schedules, enabling communities to potentially benefit from this source of funding.

Neighbourhood Plan groups have the opportunity to plan GI networks at a local scale to maximise benefits for their community and in doing so they should ensure that their Neighbourhood Plan is reflective of the relevant Local Authority Green Infrastructure strategy. Through the Neighbourhood Plan and discussions with the Local Authority Planning teams and potential Developers communities are well placed to influence the delivery of local scale GI networks.

Brownfield, Soils and Agricultural Land The NPPF encourages the effective use of brownfield land for development, provided that it is not of high environmental/ecological value. Neighbourhood planning groups should check with DEFRA if their neighbourhood planning area includes brownfield sites. Where information is lacking as to the ecological value of these sites then the Neighbourhood Plan could include policies that ensure such survey work should be carried out to assess the ecological value of a brownfield site before development decisions are taken.

Soils are an essential finite resource on which important ecosystem services such as food production, are dependent on. They therefore should be enhanced in value and protected from adverse effects of unacceptable levels of pollution. Within the governments "Safeguarding our Soils" strategy, DEFRA have produced a code of practice for the sustainable use of soils on construction sites which could be helpful to neighbourhood planning groups in preparing environmental policies.

Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

High quality agricultural soils should, where possible be protected from development and where a large area of agricultural land is identified for development then planning should consider using the poorer quality areas in preference to the higher quality areas. Neighbourhood planning groups should consider mapping agricultural land classification within their plan to enable informed decisions to be made in the future. Natural England can provide further information and Agricultural Land classification.

Impact of Development on Civic Amenity Infrastructure Neighbourhood planning groups should remain mindful of the interaction between new development applications in a district area and the Leicestershire County Council. The County's Waste Management team considers proposed developments on a case by case basis and when it is identified that a proposed development will have a detrimental effect on the local civic amenity infrastructure then appropriate projects to increase the capacity to off-set the impact have to be initiated. Contributions to fund these projects are requested in accordance with Leicestershire's Planning Obligations Policy and the Community Infrastructure Legislation Regulations.

Communities Consideration of community facilities is a positive facet of Neighbourhood Plans that reflects the importance of these facilities within communities and can proactively protect and develop facilities to meet the needs of people in local communities. Neighbourhood Plans provide an opportunity to;

1. Carry out and report on a review of community facilities, groups and allotments and their importance within your community. 2. Set out policies that seek to;  protect and retain these existing facilities,  support the independent development of new facilities, and,  identify and protect Assets of Community Value and provide support for any existing or future designations. 3. Identify and support potential community projects that could be progressed.

Economic Development We would recommend including economic development aspirations with your Plan, outlining what the community currently values and whether they are open to new development of small businesses etc.

Superfast Broadband High speed broadband is critical for businesses and for access to services, many of which are now online by default. Having a superfast broadband connection is no longer merely desirable, but is an essential requirement in ordinary daily life.
Policy, Economy & Community, Chief Executive's Department, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk For further information visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment/planning/neighbourhoodplanning.htm

All new developments (including community facilities) should have access to superfast broadband (of at least 30Mbps) Developers should take active steps to incorporate superfast broadband at the pre-planning phase and should engage with telecoms providers to ensure superfast broadband is available as soon as build on the development is complete. Developers are only responsible for putting in place broadband infrastructure for developments of 30+ properties. Consideration for developers to make provision in all new houses regardless of the size of development should be considered.

Equalities While we cannot comment in detail on plans, you may wish to ask stakeholders to bear the Council's Equality Strategy 2016-2020 in mind when taking your Neighbourhood Plan forward through the relevant procedures, particularly for engagement and consultation work. A copy of the strategy can be view at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/pdf/2017/1/30/equalitystrategy2016-2020.pdf

NIK GREEN (MRS) Policy Officer | E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk 12th March 2018

Community Comments


Comments from Brian Spriggs

I would like to thank and congratulate all concerned with the production of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Arnesby. The document is thorough and well put together and clearly the result of many hours of careful research.

As Churchwarden for St Peter's Church I have consulted members of our PCC, who are Stakeholders, for any comments concerning the paragraphs relating to St Peter's.


· As a group we are happy with the descriptions and the scores relating to the church and its churchyard.(pages 31,36 & 55)

· The agricultural land to the East of and adjacent to the churchyard (pages 37 & 38), has protection by virtue of being a SSSI (coloured purple on map) and by designation as an important open space LGS (Ref 151 coloured green on the map). There is one small area (coloured white on the map) which is surrounded by protected land. It would seem logical to the PCC that this area, which is adjacent to the grave yard, should be included in the zone labelled 151.

· The description of the site of the Old Manor House,(page 37) located in the field to the East of the Churchyard, states that the area is accessed by footpath Y10. There is no public access to this area and footpath Y10 finishes to the north of the Lutterworth Road.

· Page 55 refers to the number of spaces available for burials in the Churchyard and suggests that alternative facilities would be sought when the Churchyard is eventually full. The PCC would like to see the Plan comment on what type of alternatives exist,


· Map (page 24), shows the extent of the village envelope by a red line. This line excludes two early nineteenth century cottages – namely New Row Cottage and Ruby Cottage in South Close. These are the only non-agricultural properties not included in the Village Envelope. I pointed out this anomaly to the HDC representative at the Open Day held in the Village Hall. He agreed that this was an error and should be corrected. As there is no apparent logical reason for these cottages to be excluded from the Village Envelope, I suggest that the line be adjusted in the Final Document (see attached sketch map).

· The map showing listed properties in Arnesby (page44)

does not include the Old Adult School, located on St Peter's Road to the south of Longacre. This property is grade 2 listed and is designated, for some unknown reason, as "the house to the South of Longacre" number 1061542. Once this has been corrected there is no need to identify the Old Adult School as a site in need of protection(page 45), because its listed status does that already.

· There is some inconsistency in the number of listed properties in the Village. 10 (page 31), 13 (page 42) and 14 if you include the Turnpike milestone, which disappeared years ago. I believe 13 is the correct number.

· The comment on the School's relationship with the Village Hall (page 56) states that the School seeks a formalisation of the agreement that it may use the Hall for lunches and other activities. As chairman of the Management Committee I am not aware that the school has sought such formalisation. The Management Committee have allowed the school access to the Hall during the school day, unless the Hall is required for a village based activity. The School currently gives £700 per annum to cover the cost of electricity used during their occupation of the premises. In addition the School has paid for sanding and sealing the floor. The Committee is pleased that the Hall can be used productively during the day when other uses are few and far between, but would not wish to see a formal hiring agreement as this would give the School priority and effectively rule out any village based uses, which must be the Committee's priority.

· The comment (page 55) which states that a recently formed Social Committee manages the Village hall, is not strictly correct. The Village Hall Management Committee is the prime group running the Hall. The social Committee, established at the last AGM, is a sub- committee formed to investigate possible uses of the Hall.

· The comment on the Playing Field (page 57), which states that the Parish Council leases the land from a private owner, is not correct. The land is leased by the Village Hall Management Committee.