Development plan work sparks Blaby expansion

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 12 Mar 2015

Lubbesthorpe urban extension, Blaby

Blaby District Council is expanding its planning policy department to cope with an increased workload due anticipated due to the preparation of housing allocations development plan documents.

The council adopted its core strategy in February 2013 and is now beginning the process of allocating sites for 8,740 homes up to 2029.

Rob Thornhill, development strategy manager at the council, told Planning: “I think it was recognised that we didn’t have sufficient resources to carry out all the work, so have been granted extra to press ahead.”

The council is recruiting for a new planning policy and economic development officer and a principle planning officer to work on the plans, as well as helping formulate and monitor other planning policies.

Thornhill said the council would be looking to establish a robust policy framework, enable business growth, and promote inward investment in the district.

The council last year granted planning permission for a 4,250 home urban extension to Leicester, on 395ha of land near the M1 (pictured above). The proposal was included in the core strategy.

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