Neighbourhood Plan

Pre-Submission Draft Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2020-2036

The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a document which will state where we want newly built homes and other buildings to be located in Bottesford Parish (Bottesford, Easthorpe, Muston and Normanton).

The plan is created to shape where future building developments should be. The plan can’t stop developments or refuse planning permission (that still lies with the Borough or County Councils), but we can have a much stronger say in where we want it.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Bottesford Neighbourhood Plan is a document which will be part of Melton Borough Council's Development Plan and will influence the location, scale and appearance of future development. This is very important in Bottesford Parish (comprising Bottesford, Easthorpe, Muston and Normanton), as we are a popular area, and we need to manage the future scale of growth of the parish to reflect existing services and infrastructure (such as drainage capacity and the likelihood of flooding).

So the Bottesford Neighbourhood Plan is created to shape not only where future building developments should be to require higher design quality. This Neighbourhood Plan also reflects the growing urgency to address climate change both in the way houses are built and the importance of protecting the rural character of the parish. The plan can’t stop developments or refuse planning permission (that still lies with the Borough or County Councils), but we can have a much stronger say in where we want it.

Once the Plan has completed this consultation stage it will be independently examined, then voted upon by all of us within the four villages. If the Neighbourhood Plan receives a majority in favour, then the planning authorities must use the policies in it when assessing all future planning applications.

How is the Bottesford Neighbourhood Plan created?

There are several important stages beginning with consulting local people to get a clear idea of what residents wanted. The activity of the steering group (acting on behalf of the Parish Council is reflected in the past agendas and minutes of meetings (these are under the evidence base tab.) But quite simply, have worked since 2015 to find out exactly what is good and bad about our villages, and critically, what we would like our community to be like in the next 25-30 years.

This has involved consulting as many residents, workers, businesses, churches, charities, sports groups and other groups as possible. The Parish Council have commissioned reports and sought advise before writing the policies which will determine where we want future development to occur and what it should look like.

Once the plan is developed, it will be independently checked, then voted upon by all of us within the four villages. If the plan receives a majority in favour, then the planning authorities must abide by it for all future planning decisions.