Consultation on Local Plan Modifications underway

 

 

A consultation on the Blaby District Local Plan Delivery Development Plan Document (DPD) has begun following sixteen changes to the original proposals.

The “Main Modifications” have been suggested by an Independent Inspector following a five day public examination during in July and August. The modifications include:

  • Removing the requirement  to include self and custom build housing on large sites
  • A Review Policy setting out when a Local Plan Review must take place
  • Wording changes to bring document in line with national policy and clarity
  • Changes to the size limit of a housing site where a proportion of accessible and adaptable homes are required. This modification also includes the addition of wording to take into account potential viability issues on a case-by-case basis.

The consultation is now open until 4.45pm on Friday 26 October 2018. Once the consultation has closed, the Independent Inspector will review the consultation responses and recommend whether or not the Local Plan Delivery DPD can be adopted by the Council.

When adopted, the Delivery DPD, along with the Local Plan Core Strategy, will become a vital document used to make decisions on all planning applications within the district.

Full details on the modifications and how to respond to the consultation can be found via www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd-examination.

Bite Back Campaign Launches

 

Residents are being encouraged to take part in Blaby District Council’s Bite Back initiative; a new, three part campaign aimed at more responsible dog ownership.

Designed to involve the local community in helping to police their area, residents contacting the Council will receive a free Bite Back Pack, containing weather-proof posters, dog bags, stencil kits for pavements and an info pack on how to report anyone not picking up after their dog.

With a large rural area across the district, farmers can also order their own hard-hitting posters highlighting the dangers of not keeping a dog under control. In July a sheep in Countesthorpe was mauled by a dog off lead, with the farmer’s wife and young daughters discovering the injured animal. Due to the extensive injuries sustained the sheep had to be put down.

A further poster shows the consequences of failing to clean up after dogs around livestock, showing the potentially devastating effects of disease that dog faeces can carry.

Sports teams, local organisations and owners of recreation areas in the district can also receive their own free posters and pack to deter irresponsible dog owners that can cause issues in play areas and sports pitches by failing to control their dog.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Regulatory Services, said: “We know that whilst the vast majority of dog owners are responsible, the small number who have no respect for their local area have a negative impact in the local community, and can cause distress and long-term problems to farmers in our more rural areas.

“These upsetting effects are shown in the rural posters and we make no apologies for the hard hitting nature of them.

“With all circumstances covered by our Bite Back campaign, I encourage any residents, farmers and local organisations to get in touch, and we will help them launch the campaign in their area.”

To receive a pack, email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk. More information about the campaign is available by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/biteback.

District Leaders call for collaboration over Local Government Reorganisation.

 

 

 

District leaders call for collaboration over local government reorganisation

District Council leaders are calling on Leicestershire County Council to work with them to fully investigate options for the future of local government organisation in the county.

The leaders have written to the county council this week and urged it to consider dropping its recently announced proposal to investigate creating a single unitary authority for Leicestershire.

They have called for an urgent meeting of the leaders of the district, city and county councils to discuss a more collaborative approach.

The letter has been sent by leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston councils.

Read the leader’s joint letter.