Planning & Environmental

Environment

Environment Report for Website

 

TABS as usual has been keeping a watch on environmental matters, working with local authorities where work by them needs to be done.

 

Regarding Manor Field Pond, Harborough District Council has completed major work by digging out the last vestiges of the snowberry bushes and replacing the very rotten perimeter fence. Two Committee members have since followed up with regular weeding and planting.

 

As regards tree replacement planting, the Parish Council agreed to replace two trees on Telford Way Green, which TABS has now arranged to be regularly watered.

 

TABS has now agreed a bush planting scheme for Telford Way Green and a budget of up to £500. At the moment it is now obtaining various permissions from the Parish Council and the County Council as land owners.

 

TABS has also started to alert the different authorities regarding the West end of Telford Way to address rubbish dumping, tree maintenance and maintenance of the footpath into the city.

 

In conclusion, another satisfactory year. TABS is always open to suggestions for other environmental work.

 

Judith Lord

May 2020

 

Marsh Marigold by Manor Field Pond in early April

Planning

The draft Harborough District New Local Plan covering locations for the extra houses deemed necessary up to the year 2031, was adopted on 30 April 2019. No housing beyond existing permissions was planned for Thurnby and Bushby, but a development of 1200 houses on the site of Scraptoft Golf Course, known as Scraptoft North, was included.  The outline plans for this are currently being consulted on. TABS has submitted its comments, objecting to the extra traffic which would come our way, and at the proposed inappropriate location of the school away from the housing.

The Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan for the period to 2050 covers ideas of how the County should develop. A 'growth corridor' for new housing round the east and south side of Leicester is proposed, served by a new road called the A46 Express Way. Its route is not defined yet, but it is shown to run through the countryside round the east and south of Leicester. A body called Midlands Connect are promoting the road. They are reviewing the options for possible alternative routes at the moment and their Report is awaited.

 

Local Planning Applications -  the current position is:

 

Jelsons' site off Pulford Drive in Thurnby is virtually complete and the 128 houses occupied. Some work on the perimeter path and open spaces remains to be done.

 

Jelsons are now building the approved 130 houses off Pulford Drive the other side of Thurnby Brook in Scraptoft parish.

 

Bloor Homes have begun building  the approved 275 houses at Charity Farm off the Uppingham Road in Bushby, and a few are occupied. To allow for the extra traffic turning on and off the A47 changes have been made to the pavements, kerbs and road markings on the A47.

 

Harborough District Council are currently consulting on a proposed 76 bed Care Home on the site of the Garage and the adjacent pair of semi-detached houses on the Uppingham Road. It is proposed to be 4 storeys high and to fill the majority of the site. It would be the biggest building in the parish, and TABS has objected that this would be overdevelopment of  the site. We also objected to its height, its institutional appearance and that it would overlook neighbouring properties. We suggested a slightly smaller scale of property. To comment go to www.harborough.gov.uk/planning and search for Ref 20/00370/FUL.

 

Mike Lord

May 2020

Thurnby And Bushby Society TABS  2015 - 2020