Shearsby Parish Council

Protecting, Connecting, Involving and Representing Shearsby

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Clerk: Lynn Cosgrove
White Gates, The Bank
Shearsby, Leics LE17 6PF

Tel: 07850 378367

1) Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) - Getting started

Clarify why the plan is needed.

Publicise the intention to produce a plan.

Identify and contact key local partners.

Dialogue with the local planning authority.

Produce a project plan with costing's.

The decision to Make a Plan

The Parish Council held its first ever meeting on 5th June 2013. At that meeting it was agreed that the Council intends to work towards a local plan in order to protect and preserve the village character and general outlook. (Item 6 on the minutes).

At the second meeting, 5th September 2013, action was being taken to create what was then called The Village Plan. (Item 12 on the minutes).

By the third meeting on 5th December 2013 the Village Plan was taking shape. (Item 4 on the minutes).

The meeting on 18th February announced the Neighbourhood Plan and formed Action Groups.

The meeting on 21st May 2014 saw the project referred to as the Development Plan and the engagement of a consultant. (Item 9 on the minutes).

On 11th December 2014 the Council were preparing to engage the community at an open event on 7th February 2015, referred to as Buttie Day. (Item 13 on the minutes).

Thus the Shearsby Neighbourhood Development Plan evolved.

Why have a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

Training and courses

  • NDP, Protecting the Countryside (PDF, 579 Kb)

    Event Details

    The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) strongly supports neighbourhood planning as a means for communities to determine for themselves how to meet development needs in their area without causing unnecessary harm to the character of their town or village and its surrounding countryside.

    Key speakers will be:

    Mick Duggan, Department for Communities and Local Government

    Gary Kirk, YourLocale

    Matt Bills, Harborough District Council

    This event will explore:

    • What is neighbourhood planning?
    • What can it do for your community?
    • What is the role of planning authorities?

    Workshops will examine topics including:

    • The benefits for your community;
    • What is CPRE's role? How can we help?
    • Neighbourhood planning: impact on the parish clerk;
    • Our experience of Neighbourhood planning - successes, issues and bottlenecks.


Stakeholders List

2) NDP - Neighbourhood Area

Determine the Neighbourhood Area.

Submit neighbourhood area proposal.

LPA consults.

LPA approve.

3) NDP - Community Engagement & Involvement


Engage local partners.

Initial community engagement (broad issues).

Provide feedback.

Ongoing community engagement (aims, content, detail).

Initial Community Engagement


Consultation Buttie day


4) NDP - Themes, Aims, Vision, Options

Identify key issues and themes.

Prioritise key issues and themes.

Develop key aims.

Look at options.

Full Committee

Character policy committee

Land Use policy committee

Housing policy committee

Business policy committee

Nature Preservation

Snowdrops planted by John Burton along the footpath to Bruntingthorpe

5) NDP - Building the Evidence Base

Review existing evidence.

Identify gaps in evidence.

Compile new evidence.

Analysis of evidence.

Consultation Butty Day 2016

Photos of the event may be seen in the gallery under "N".

6) NDP - Writing the Plan

Policies, proposals, site allocations.

Consider sustainability, diversity, equality, delivery.

7) NDP - Consultation

Consultation on plan.

Amend Plan.

  • NDP, Draft Plan, v6, 2017 05 18 (PDF, 2.3 Mb)

    Neighbourhood Development Plan, version 6, May 2017.

    This version is being sent to local and national stakeholders for comment / approval.

    If you have any comments please forward them to the clerk or councillors for consideration.

  • NDP, Consultation Statement (PDF, 314 Kb)

    The Shearsby Neighbourhood Development Plan Consultation Statement.

8) NDP - Submission

Submit to LPA.

LPA publicises.


9) NDP - Independent Examination

LPA appoints examiner.

Examination takes place.

Examiner's report.

10) NDP - Referendum

Publicise referendum.


Thursday 10th January 2019

Referendum on the Shearsby Neighbourhood Plan.

A reminder that the referendum will be held on Thursday 10th January 2019 to decide on the question below: 'Do you want Harborough District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Shearsby to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'

The hours of poll will be from 7am to 10pm at the Village Hall.

All those eligible to vote should have received a poll card (you do not need to take with you in order to vote).

11) NDP - The Plan is Made

We are pleased announce that the Shearsby Neighbourhood Plan passed its referendum on Thursday 10th January 2019.

The final decision notice for Shearsby Parish Council from HDC can be read here.