Simon Galton

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Archive for the ‘Planning’ Category

Come along to a drop-in event taking place this Saturday 7th Oct 2017, 9.30am – 2.30pm at the White House pub, Scraptoft Lane, Scraptoft, LE7 9SE. The Local Plan has reached an important stage and Harborough District Council is inviting representations from the public until 3rd November 2017. Two key areas of housing (strategic development […]

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With less than one week left to respond, we want to make sure local residents are aware of a really important public consultation taking place which will influence where thousands of new houses will be built in Harborough District. The Harborough District Council Local Plan document looks at nine different ways new housing could be […]

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Planning Disarray in Harborough District!

by simongalton on 6 March, 2015

Control over planning decisions in Harborough District has reached a crisis point after shock new figures show that 700 houses will have to be built each year if the Council is to meet its new 5 year housing target. The news came after the Conservatives on the Council’s Executive Committee agreed to sign a Memorandum […]

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Simon Galton has published a list of sites put forward to Harborough District Council to be protected as Green Space. The National Planning Policy Framework specifes that local communities through Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans should be able to identify green areas of particular importance to them for special protection. This is the list of […]

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A Government appointed Inspector has rejected 4 out 5 planning appeals by developers and landowners and upheld the decision taken by Harborough District Council’s Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for a total of 325 houses.  The sites where planning permission has been refused are: Coles Nursery – 175 dwellings, East of Station Lane, Scraptoft […]

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Changes to Planning rules announced

by simongalton on 24 April, 2012

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning polices for England and reduces more than 1000 pages of guidance and requirements on Councils to just over 50 pages. This key document is now a “material consideration” when dealing with planning applications and preparing local plans. Since the draft NPPF was published in […]

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Come along and tell us what you think about the latest major planning application in Thurnby and Bushby to build 175 dwellings on the site of Coles Nursery, Uppingham Road, Thurnby. Harborough District Council (HDC) is required to identify sites for around 470 dwellings in Thurnby, Bushby and Scraptoft. Outline approval has been given for […]

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The pressure to build large numbers of houses on greenfield sites in Thurnby and Scraptoft continues with the news last week that Jelsons  submitted an appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse permission for up to 130 houses off Pulford Drive in Thurnby. This means that a Government appointed Inspector will review the Council’s decision and will be able […]

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Leicestershire is to have two representatives on a national board responsible for the Environment and housing issues in Local Government. Following internal party elections, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Leicestershire County Council, Simon Galton, will join David Parsons on LGA’s Environment and Housing Programme Board. One of the Board’s key responsibilities is planning […]

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Following repeated arson attacks and criminal damage on the Hall in recent weeks, Cllr Amanda Burrell and I attended a site meeting on 26th May with owners of the Hall and key agencies including Planning, Building Control, English Heritage and the Police. I was shocked at the deterioration of the hall since I was last on […]

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