A Referendum is taking place in Kibworth. It’s not about politicians, and has nothing to do with the European Union. On Thursday 25 January, you are being asked to vote about having a real say in the future of Kibworth.
Over the past three years, Kibworth people have worked together on a Neighbourhood Plan for our villages. Members of the group have used their own knowledge and experience, and sought the expertise of many others, on:
Their aim has been to create a plan to make the Kibworth villages the best they can be as places in which to work and to live, now and in the future.
The group has listened to the views of many people including children at school, and visitors to public events. They have held consultation events, published questionnaires, talked to interested parties, and maintained a dedicated website.
Neighbourhood planning has legal support and status because it is part of the Government’s Localism Act, introduced in 2011. Unlike previous village plans, our plan, when adopted by residents, must be consulted every time a planning application in either Kibworth village is considered.
Across the country, several thousand villages and communities, representing millions of people, are working on similar plans. Here in the Harborough district, there are twenty plans either adopted or in progress, including Great Glen, Foxton, East Langton and Burton Overy.
There is just one question to answer at this referendum: Do you want Harborough District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Kibworths to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
The only place to vote is Kibworth Grammar School Hall. Voting will be from 7am until 10pm. Please take a moment to pop in and cast your vote. It really will make a difference - the stronger the vote the stronger the outcome.
The Plan and supporting documents can be consulted at Kibworth Community Library and on the Harborough District Council website.
POLICY SD1: LIMITS TO DEVELOPMENT
Development shall be located within the Limits to Development as defined on the Proposals Map unless there are special circumstances to justify its location in the countryside outside the Limits of Development.
POLICY CSA1: PRE - SCHOOL PROVISION
An increase in the number of pre - school places in appropriate quality accommodation which would meet the government target of 30 hours per child per week is supported subject to the accommodation:
1) Being safely accessible by pedestrians.
2) Including outdoor spaces for children to play, learn and develop.
POLICY CSA2: SCHOOLS Proposals for the expansion of existing schools in the Parishes will be supported where it can be demonstrated that:
1) Expansion would not exacerbate existing access - related or traffic circulation problems, or that suitable mitigation measures are brought forward as part of the proposal:
2) There is no loss of land already used for recreation by the schools; and
3) The development would not result in a significant loss of amenity to residents or other adjacent users.
Proposals for a new school will be supported where it can be demonstrated that the development:
4) Would be safely accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, and is well - related to bus routes and/or there is adequate provision for waiting school buses to park;
5) Has appropriate vehicular access, and does not adversely impact upon traffic circulation; and
6) Would not result in a significant loss of open space, amenity to residents or other adjacent users.
POLICY CSA3: MULTI - FUNCTIONAL COMMUNITY CENTRE
The Plan would support proposals for a multi - functional community centre which:
1) Is within the Limits to Development;
2) Meets the design requirements in Policy H7;
3) Has the capacity to accommodate scout/guide groups and their storage requirements;
4) Will not result in unacceptable traffic movements, noise, fumes, smell or other disturbance to residential properties;
5) Will include adequate parking provision; and
6) Is of a scale appropriate to the needs of the locality and is accessible for residents wishing to walk or cycle.
POLICY CSA 4: SPORTING FACILITIES
The provision of new and/or improved sporting facilities which are accessible to all age groups and disabilities will be supported subject to the facility:
1) Being within or adjacent to the Limits to Development;
2) Meeting the design requirements in Policy H7;
3) Not resulting in unacceptable traffic movements, noise, fumes, smell or other disturbance to residential properties;
4) Will include adequate parking provision;
5) Being of a scale appropriate to the needs of the locality and is accessible for residents wishing to walk or cycle.
6) Providing sporting amenities which are open to all residents.
POLICY CSA5: GP PREMISES
Proposals for additional GP premises that increase the accessibility of health care for residents living North West of the Plan area will be supported providing that the development:
1) Will not result in unacceptable traffic movements, noise, fumes, smell or other disturbance to residential properties; and
2) Will include adequate parking provision.
POLICY CSA6: PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
The following parks, sports and recreation grounds shown on the Proposals Map will be safeguarded:
Jubilee Green, Warwick Road, Rookery Close, Larkswood, Smeeton Road, Kibworth Cricket Club ground, Football field (off Fleckney Road).
Development proposals on these areas will not be supported except where:
1) A replacement of an equivalent typology is provided, as defined by the most recent Open Space, Sport and Recreational Facilities Study, in an appropriate location serving the local community; or
2) it is demonstrated that there is a surplus of recreational land, facilities or open space of the same typology exceeding the needs of the local community; or
3) The development of a small part of a larger site in recreational use would result in the enhancement of recreational facilities on the remainder of the site, or on a nearby site serving the same community.
4 ) The provision of new formal parks will be supported, especially those including provision of child and 12 - 16 year old activity.
POLICY CSA7: SAFEGUARDING OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES The following community facilities shall be safeguarded and enhanced:
Kibworth Grammar School Hall Kibworth Methodist Church Kibworth Village Hall Kibworth Scout Hut St Wilfrid's Church and Hall Kibworth Community Library
Development proposals that would result in the loss of, or have a significant adverse effect on, a community facility will not be supported, unless the facility is replaced by an equivalent or better facility in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location or it can be demonstrated that the facility is not viable or is no longer required by the community.
HOUSING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
POLICY H 1 : WINDFALL SITES
Small scale development proposals for infill and redevelopment sites will be supported where:
1) It is within the Limits to Development:
2) It helps to meet the identified housing requirement for the Plan area in terms of housing mix;
3) It maintains and where possible enhances the character of the built environment;
4) It is of an appropriate scale which reflects the size, character and level of service provision within the Plan area;
5) It retains natural boundaries such as trees, hedges and streams;
6) It provides for a safe vehicular and pedestrian access to the site and any traffic generation and parking impact created does not result in an unacceptable direct or cumulative impact on congestion or road and pedestrian safety;
7) It does not result in an unacceptable loss of amenity for neighbouring occupiers by reason of loss of privacy, loss of daylight, visual intrusion or noise; and
8) It does not reduce garden space to an extent where it adversely impacts on the character of the area, or the amenity of neighbours and the occupiers of the dwelling.
POLICY H 2 : PROMOTING SELF-BUILD
Development proposals for self - build or custom build schemes will be viewed positively. Plots may be sold to individuals without a local conne ction if a lack of local need has been demonstrated.
POLICY H 3 : HOUSING MIX
To meet the future needs of the residents of the Plan area, new housing development proposals should provide a mixture of housing types specifically to meet identified local needs in the Kibworth villages. Priority s hould be given to dwellings of three bedrooms or fewer and to homes for older people .
POLICY H 4 : BUILDING DESIGN PRINCIPLES
All new development proposals of one or more houses, replacement dwellings and extensions should satisfy the following building design principles:
1) Design principles that apply to the Conservation Area should be applied where development is adjacent to the Conservation Area to help ensure a controlled transition between the Conservation Area and new development outside the Conservation Area;
2) Innovative and inventive designs with varied house types, building widths, styles, details, facing and roofing materials reflecting a varied street scene will be supported. On developments of ten or more dwellings, housing development should be predominantly two - storey with any three - storey dwellings being spread throughout the development;
3) The character, scale, mass, density and layout of the development should fit with the surrounding area, including external roof and wall materials, and should not adversely impact on the visual amenity of the street scene or wider landscape views;
4) Where appropriate, the provision of village greens and squares will be supported;
5) Different tenures must be fully integrated into the development (‘tenure blind’);
6) Schemes, where appropriate, should contain a fully worked up landscape proposal. Hedges and native trees should be retained. Plot enclosures should, where possible, be native hedging, wooden fencing or stone/brick wall of local design. Enhancements are to be made to the biodiversity of the scheme, for example provision for swifts, hirundines, house sparrows, other birds, bats and hedgehogs;
7) Security lighting should be appropriate, unobtrusive and energy efficient;
8) Developments, where appropriate, should incorporate sustainable design and construction techniques to meet high standards for energy and water efficiency.
POLICY H 5 : RESIDENTIAL CAR PARKING
New residential development should incorporate sufficient parking provision to meet the needs of future residents in accordance with the Leicestershire parking standards except that:
1) New residential development shall include the following minimum number of car parking spaces:
2) 4+ bedroomed dwellings shall have a minimum of 4 off - street parking spaces within the curtilage of each dwelling.
3) Extensions to existing dwellings should not result in the loss of parking spaces below the minimum level.
POLICY H 6 : REFUSE STORAGE
New homes are to be designed so that they can accommodate storage containers compliant with the collection system. This currently comprises 3 wheelie bins which occupy a space 0.75 x 1.8m. This hardstanding must be separate but can be adjacent to private car parking spaces.
In the case of terraced housing, paths or private/shared passageways must be provided at ground floor level between the houses to allow free and easy movement of refuse bins.
POLICY H 7 : EXTERNAL STORAGE
New residential development shall include provision for secure external storage at the following minimum standard:
POLICY H8 : NORTH EAST KIBWORTH SDA
If the North East of Kibworth SDA is allocated for development, the development proposals should provide for :
1) The construction of a relief road in advance of the construction of new housing or phased in conjunction with the development of the housing.
2) Important areas of wildlife and bio - diversity should be retained;
3) Adequate protection in terms of the Kibworth Harcourt Conservation Area and landscape character be retained;
4) An area of open green space shall be maintained between the new development and existing dwellings within Kibworth Harcourt; and
5) A mix of housing types and sizes to meet the current and future needs of people in the Parish and the wider area are to be provided.
NATURAL AND HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT
POLICY ENV1: PROTECTION OF LOCAL GREEN SPACES
Local Green Spaces are designated on the following sites shown on the Proposals Map. Development on the sites will not be acceptable other than in very special circumstances, including the development of utility infrastructure provided by Anglian Water.
Kibworth storm water retention basin (031)
Church Road east woodland, allotments and pond (096)
POLICY ENV2 : IMPORTANT TREES AND WOODLAND
Development proposals should be laid out and designed to avoid damage to or loss of woodland and trees of arboricultural and ecological significance and amenity value will be resisted. Proposals should be designed to retain such trees where possible. Trees that are lost or damaged should be replaced on a two - for - one basis using semi-mature trees planted in accordance with the British Standard on Trees BS5837:2012.
Major developments including residential development of ten or more dwellings should include a contribution to Green Infrastructure, the characteristic wooded appearance of the villages, and the principle of ‘allowing space for trees’ in the form of new planting , including street trees, spinneys and individual trees, at a scale appropriate to the size of the development, and on land allocated for the purpose.
POLICY ENV 3 : BIODIVERSITY
Development proposals should protect local habitats and species, in accordance with the status of the site, especially those identified as candidate (cLWS), proposed (pLWS) or validated Local Wildlife Sites (LWS), or those covered by relevant English and European legislation, and, where possible, to create new habitats for wildlife.
The Plan will designate a wildlife corridor is designated along the course of the Burton Brook as shown on the proposals map.
POLICY ENV 4 : RIDGE AND FURROW FIELDS
The surviving areas of Ridge and Furrow fields are non - designated heritage assets and any harm arising from a development proposal will need to be balanced against their significance as heritage assets.
POLICY ENV 5 : IMPORTANT HEDGES
Development proposals should be laid out and designed to avoid damage to or loss of important hedgerows of historical and ecological significance and amenity value. Proposals should be designed to retain and manage such hedges where possible. Important hedgerows are those that meet the definition in Hedgerow Regulations 1997 and are shown on the Proposals Map.
New development proposals should incorporate existing hedgerows, wherever possible, as components of the landscaping, for example as parts of ‘green ways’.
POLICY ENV 6 : AREA OF SEPARATION
The area of land identified on the Proposals Map is designated as an Area of Separation. Development within the area should be located and designed to maintain and where possible enhance the separation of the villages.
POLICY ENV 7 : RENEWABLE AND LOW CARBON ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
Development proposals that generate renewable and low carbon energy should:
1) Not have an adverse impact (such as noise, visual impact, reflections, shadow flicker, water pollution, smell, air quality, gaseous or particulate emissions) on the health, wellbeing or amenities of residents and visitors;
2) Not have an adverse impact on the area in relation to views or the character of the surrounding landscape; and
3) Be of an appropriate scale for its location.
4) Where practicable, incorporate designed - in features to enhance biodiversity in the built environment, including (but not limited to) provision for swifts, hirundines, house sparrows, other birds, bats, and hedgehogs.
POLICY ENV 8 :WATERCOURSES AND FLOODING
The sequential test is required in flood zones 2 and 3 and in flood zone 1 for developments. In addition, development proposals in areas adjacent to zones 2 and 3 should take account of the forecast flooding levels arising as a result of climate change .
Every development proposal in the Plan Area will be required to demonstrate that:
1 ) Its location takes geology, hydrology and flood risk into account;
2 ) Its design includes, as appropriate, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), surface water management measures and permeable surfaces; and
3) It does not increase the risk of flooding downstream.
POLICY ENV 9 : GRAND UNION CANAL IN KIBWORTH BEAUCHAMP
Development proposals potentially affecting the biodiversity, historic heritage or setting of the canal will be required to protect or enhance those features. Developers will be encouraged to support the objectives of the River Soar & Grand Union Canal Strategy and any related community initiatives.
TRANSPORT AND ACCESS
POLICY T1: TRANSPORT ASSESSMENT FOR NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Transport assessments for new housing development should demonstrate that:
1) The cumulative impact on traffic flows on the strategic and local highway network, including the roads within and leading to the village centre, will not be severe, unless appropriate mitigation measures are undertaken where feasible;
2) Provision is made for accessible and efficient public transport routes within the development site or the improvement of public transport facilities to serve the development;
3) Improvements to pedestrian and cycle routes are incorporated to serve the development, where appropriate, and to provide safe, convenient and attractive routes to shops, employment, schools and community facilities and which are integrated into wider networks;
4) It retains existing rights of way or provides acceptable diversions;
5) It incorporates adequate parking and manoeuvring space within the development in accordance with the Highway Authority’s standards and Neighbourhood Plan Policy H8; and :
6 ) Travel packs are to be provided on residential developments to encourage sustainable forms of transport and to promote existing pedestrian and cycle routes.
POLICY T2: ACCESS ONTO THE A6
Proposals to improve access onto the A6 by means of the provision of roundabouts or other appropriate measures at key junctions will be supported.
POLICY T3: PUBLIC CAR PARKING
Development proposals that would result in the loss of off-street car parking on the areas shown on the Proposals Map would only be acceptable where:
1) It can be clearly demonstrated that there is no longer any potential for the continued use of the land for car parking and that the loss of parking will not aggravate an existing shortfall of spaces in the vicinity; or
2) Adequate and convenient replacement car parking spaces will be provided elsewhere in the vicinity.
The Neighbourhood Plan will support proposals to develop a new car park or extend an existing public car park in the village at a suitable location will be supported.
POLICY T4: IMPROVEMENTS TO ROAD SAFETY
The proposals in the Plan to address safety concerns identified by Parishioners will be supported involving the provision of new cycleways and footpaths, accessible to people with disabilities, linking village facilities and amenities.
POLICY T5: TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
The provision of traffic management solutions to address the impacts of traffic arising from development will be strongly supported. This includes either directly provided solutions or the use of contributions from development to contribute towards the costs of provision.
POLICY T6: AIR QUALITY
Planning decisions should take account of the impact on air quality in the Plan area, supporting proposals which will result in the improvement of Air Quality or minimise reliance upon less sustainable forms of transport.
POLICY E1: LOCAL SHOPPING CENTRE
The Local Shopping Centre is shown on the Proposals Map. Within frontage in this area, proposals for new retail (A1) development in new or existing frontages will be supported. Other appropriate town centre uses will be supported where they could contribute to the role of the Local Centre.
POLICY E2: SHOP FRONTAGES
Development proposals to alter or replace existing shopfronts, create new shopfronts or to alter the frontages within the Local Centre will be supported where they:
1) Conserve and enhance the special qualities and significance of the building and area; and Relate well to their context in terms of design, scale, material and colour.
2) Development proposals that remove, replace or substantially harm shop fronts or the frontages of buildings by poor or indifferent design will not be supported. ‘Swan neck’ external lighting or the use of internal illumination (either of the whole sign or of the lettering) will not normally be permitted.
POLICY E 3 : HOME WORKING
Proposals for the use of part of a dwelling for office and/or business use (Class B1) will be supported where:
1) No significant and adverse impact arises to nearby residents or other sensitive land uses from traffic generation, noise, fumes, odour or other nuisance associated with the work activity; and
2) Any extension or free - standing building shall be designed having regard to policies in this Plan and should not detract from the quality and character of the building to which they are subservient by reason of height, scale, massing, location or the facing materials used in their construction.
POLICY E 4 : FARM DIVERSIFICATION - RE - USE OF AGRICULTURAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
The re-use, conversion and adaptation of rural buildings for small businesses, recreation, or tourism purposes will be supported where:
1) The use proposed is appropriate to the rural location;
2) The conversion/adaptation works respect the local character of the surrounding area;
3) The development will not have an adverse impact on any archaeological, architectural, historic or environmental features including
wildlife. Consideration in line with Environment Policy ENV 7 to be included to replace possible lost habitat and help wildlife;
4) The local road system can accommodate the traffic generated by the proposed new use and adequate parking can be accommodated within the site; There is no significant adverse impact on neighbours through noise, light pollution, increased traffic levels or increased flood risk.