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CPRE Leicestershire Responds to Blaby New Local Plan Options Consultation

Jill Prior
By Jill Prior
31st March 2021

CPRE Leicestershire submits a response to Blaby’s New Local Plan Options Consultation.

On the 11th March 2021 CPRE Leicestershire submitted a 34 page document as a response to Blaby’s New Local Plan Options Consultation.

The key points in our submission were:-

  • Strategic Objectives should highlight Climate Change and achieving Net Zero carbon as plan priorities,
  • The Plan should cater for Blaby’s own housing need (346dpa) and not accept additional housing from Leicester at this time,
  • Blaby should only meet its own employment needs,
  • There is no case for release of strategic employment sites,
  • Principle of Settlement Hierarchy supported with reservations,
  • Principle of development in PUA, extended PUA and medium villages accepted,
  • Whetstone Pastures and Stoney Stanton Strategic Sites not supported as they will be car dependent communities in open countryside,
  • Plans for Sustainable Transport based on bus services to replace car travel is unattainable given proposed policies,
  • Lessons from strategic developments demonstrate the difficulty of achieving sustainable transport options,
  • Important planning role of Green Wedges supported,
  • Protection and enhancement of biodiversity should be a priority,
  • Inclusion of plans Green Infrastructure policies welcomed,
  • Serious concern over weakness of response to climate change issues, especially regarding transport.

If you wish to read the full document it can be found here Response to Blaby Local Plan Feb 2021 final