Desford Parish Neighbourhood Plan

The most recent Strategic Environmental Assessment Report (SEA), the Modifications table and latest draft Desford Parish Neighbourhood Plan are all available on the Desford Parish Council  website:

Desford Neighbourhood Plan provides the opportunity for our community to provide a positive vision for how we want our neighbourhood to develop in the future.

It is a massively influential document that means your community can choose where new homes, shops and offices are built, and have your say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided to support them.

Further information can be obtained from:


Desford Parish Council C/o Desford Library Main Street, Desford, Leicester LE9 9JP  


A vision of Desford

Progress with  the NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Winter 2019

We are getting there! After starting work on the plan for our parish in 2015, we hope to submit our final version to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough council for full consultation, public examination and a referendum by the end of December 2019.

At the present time, the plan and an independent Strategic Environmental  Assessment  of its content and proposals are out to consultation.  We have contacted interested persons directly and put notices on notice boards, our website, the Desford Vision website and Dropbox and social media, but, if you have not picked it up from there,   there is still some time left if you want to read these documents and make comments. The closing date is 23 November 2019.

The best place to start is the DPC website: where you will find comment forms for your use.

The proposals have not changed much from the last version we consulted on between December 2018 and February 2018: one thing that has happened is that the site we recommended for housing development, off Barns Way Desford, has now actually received planning permission. Our plan still opposes further development because of sustainability, traffic infrastructure and amenity issues, and representatives are appearing at a planning inquiry 27, 28, and 29 November 2019, to argue against a further development of 80 houses to the East of Peckleton Lane Desford.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment is very supportive of the plan, and makes some sensible recommendations to improve it, which the council are likely to accept.

The Parish of Desford is a good place to live
This is according to 70% of the respondents to the recent Neighbourhood Questionnaire which 627 of you returned and which is currently being analysed.

The local shops and Sport in Desford are well used but most respondents travel out of the village for the ‘big shop’

Concerns have been expressed about  the number of HGVs, the volume of traffic through the parish, inconsiderate parking and speeding vehicles.

A high number of respondents would like to see more work opportunities for young people and there is some support for the development of light industry but not for heavy industry.

Protection of recreational and open spaces, access to the countryside  and provision of sporting activities are obviously important to respondents as are maintaining the essential characteristics of the Parish and the approaches to it.

There is still much more work to be done on collating the many comments and statements that respondents also added and this will take time.

Be assured, however, that the working group is meeting regularly and with the guidance and support of consultants will produce an appropriate plan which will be submitted to the authorities and to you the residents in due course.


Strategic Site Assessment consultation

The six-week Strategic Site Assessment (SSA) consultation  on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan was held in May 2019 and a significant number of the comments have now been built into the Plan. Once the Strategic Environmental  Assessment (SEA) consultation is completed we will then be able to submit the Plan to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough the end of December 2019.

Please find detailed update of SSA Consultation: SSA-Update Notice

Please find copy of the SSA map: Appendix D4 Version 3 SSA map


Desford Parish Council C/o Desford Library Main Street, Desford, Leicester LE9 9JP  


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