Burton Overy Parish Council

Serving the people of Burton Overy


Clerk: Kate Barker
Springside House, Scotland
Lane, Burton Overy, Leicester

Tel: 07827 797125


1. Calls to have your say on Government reforms to planning system

The public are being urged to have their say on Government plans to 'streamline and modernise' the planning process. Proposals include reforms to the 'local plan' system and making greater use of digital technology in the planning process.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said its 'Planning for the Future' reforms would allow local planning authorities to designate land into one of three categories: for growth, renewal or protection.

It is proposed that land identified for growth would be approved for development at the same time as plan preparations, allowing for new housing and other important infrastructure to be "built quickly and efficiently", providing plans meet local design standards.

Protected land – including the green belt – will continue to be safeguarded under the proposals.

Have your say before 29 October 2020 at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future or email planningforthefuture@communities.gov.uk

Alongside this consultation, the Government is carrying out a technical consultation on 'Changes to the Current Planning System'. This focuses on changes to the current planning system ahead of proposals made in the Planning White paper

The consultation includes the following: changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need securing of First Homes through developer contributions temporarily lifting the small sites threshold extending the current Permission in Principle to major development

Have your say before 1 October 2020 at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning-system Alternatively you can email your response to the questions in this consultation to: TechnicalPlanningConsultation@communities.gov.uk

You can also respond in writing. Further details can be found via the first link above.

2. Have your say and help us protect parks and open spaces for the future

We have some of the most beautiful, well-used and tranquil parks and open spaces in the county and we need your views to helps us protect them.

Harborough District Council has appointed The Environment Partnership (TEP) to produce an Open Space Strategy and we're encouraging you to share your thoughts on parks and green spaces.

Harborough District spans 238 square miles across south and east Leicestershire and features some 1,500ha of open space sites of varying size and purpose. These open spaces form a valuable network of green space providing recreational opportunities for the community, as well as essential habitats for a range of species.

The Council owns and manage 300ha of open space across the District, with the remaining sites in private ownership.

Your comments will feed into the Local Plan and help us protect existing open spaces and how we can assess demand for more in the future.

Have your say before 13 October 2020