Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Planning Issues

Planning and Development Guidelines

Check if you need planning consent for your proposed development or change, contacts for advice and how to apply for planning permission.

Planning applications are decided by the District Council. Local planning applications are discussed at the Parish Council meeting, and occasionally between meetings if the District Council planning deadlines are before the next Parish Cuncil meeting. The Parish Council responds to each application with its recommendations, based on local knowledge and comments from parishioners. The general public can respond directly to the District Council as well. Your comments have equal weight to those of the Parish Council. Results of planning applications are usually recorded in the parish council meeting minutes.

View current applications

You can view and submit comments on current planning applications at
You can also sign up to get notifications of new applications and changes emailed to you. You have to select a post-code to get notifications of changes within defined radius.

Alternatively you can use this map to see local planning applications:
If the map doesn't show immediately after you've entered your post code click on "Planning Applications" tab on the right hand side.

Local Plan for NW Leics

The District Council has prepared a new Local Plan which sets out where development should take place over the next 15 to 20 years. This is an important document which will be used to direct planning decisions which may affect you. NWLDC held a public consultation (which is now closed) inviting comments from all members of the public, businesses and organisations in NW Leicestershire.

The North West Leicestershire Local Plan 2011 to 2031 has now been through independent examination by a Planning Inspector and was formally adopted at a meeting of Full Council (District Council) on 21 November 2017. This Local Plan now provides the current planning policies for the district and replaces the Local Plan that was adopted in 2002.

Link to local plan and associated documents >>

Update 21/02/2018

NWLDC has now begun Regulation 18 consultation on a review of the Local Plan. The consultation runs from Wednesday 21 February 2018 and closes at the end of Wednesday 4 April 2018. Link to local plan review and consultation >>. If you have any queries regarding any of the above, please contact a member of the Planning Policy team on 01530 454 676.



Presentation to Parish Council Meeting

Three members of the HS2 communications team attended the January Parish Council meeting to explain the current plans, route and the various compensation plans for people affected by the developments. Read the presentation (pdf) >>. If you have any questions about this or any other HS2 matter email Andrew our Parish Clerk


Preferred route announced

The Preferred Route for HS2 has been announced. As expected it follows to the East of the A42 and is approximately 250 meters this side of the A42 at its maximum at the northern edge of the parish.

The proposed changes around Measham were not accepted with the route staying close to the A42. It was also decided that the track will not go under the East Midlands Airport but take a route to the East. Work is expected to start in 2023. Details are at:

Bev Smith, CEO NWLDC, has written an open letter to businesses in the area that may be affected ny HS2. Letter from Bev Smith (pdf) >>

Local housing Survey

A NWLDC Rural Housing Needs Survey took place in December 2014 and January 2015. 490 surveys were sent out to households in Coleorton parish. 138 responses were received - approximately 30 percent. The majority of responses came from people who have lived in the parish for over 10 years and would therefore have a more comprehensive understanding of local issues.

Download the report >>

Concerns raised about development in Coleorton

Coleorton is a lovely place to live with many residents returning to their roots after years living elsewhere. So it's understandable that more houses are needed and developers see an opportunity. But there are rules and guidelines about what can be built and where. In general, houses can't be built outside of the existing built area - building line - and there's a general rule by planners that more development in "unsustainable areas" is to be discouraged. Large parts of Coleorton Parish are indeed considered "unsustainable" i.e. they have limited acess to public transport, local shop, schools and doctors. But some are - specifically Coleorton Village around Lower Moor Road.

There is quite a number of applications for development in and around Coleorton at the moment and some residents are concerned this is changing the rural character of Coleorton and that the plans being put forward tend to be large 4-5 executive-style houses which a lot of Coleorton residents, especially the young and older residents wanting to downsize, couldn't afford. Effectively this is turning Coleorton into a dormitory town for Leicester, Derby and Nottingham.Of course the flip side is that some Coleorton householders see an opportunity to make a bit of money from developing in their back garden. Sometimes this money is needed to supplement tiny pensions.

You can see current planning applications from links on this page. If you have an objection or comments to make on a particular application you can make comments on-line or by letter to the NWLDC planning people. You need to do this within the timeframe shown on the application. These comments are taken notice of by the planners and the district councillors on the Planning Committee.

Guidelines for living and developing in a conservation area

Despite its rich history and heritage most of Coleorton Parish is not in a conservation area. The exception is Coleorton Hall and immediate environment.

The district council has created a web page with guideines about developments and planning issues in conservatio areas which you may find useful. Read it here >>

The Localism Bill

The Localism Bill was passed during November 2010 and impacts local planning and development. The Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils has compiled a Plain English Guide to the Localism Bill (pdf) >>

Other planning issues:


HS2 Proposals

Datasets & Statistics for NW Leicestershire >>
(wide variety of info about people, business etc. provided as Excel spreadsheets)