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

Desford Heritage Festival July 2nd/3rd 2022

70 events took place all over the village in 8 different time zones with over 500 reenactment actors helping to bring their respective time zones to life..  Headline events included:

  • The fly past of a Spitfire from  the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight  was scheduled on Saturday, but had to be cancelled twice due to poor weather conditions, It did however occur late on Sunday when the pilot returned from Cardiff, but this time with a Hurricane on his wing!

  • An aerial display by 6 Tiger Moth aircraft to celebrate their extensive use for initial pilot training during WW!! on Desford Airfield, now occupied by Caterpillar, Neovia and Griffen Park, was also postponed due to poor weather. However it did occur at 3.40pm on the Saturday, lasting some 25 minutes to great acclaim.

  • Return of Desford Colliery Band playing in the Rectory Grounds as they used to do over 40 years ago on both Saturday and Sunday

Overall it was a brilliant event and was a superb display of Desford’s extensive Heritage. Well done to Kate Twitchen and her team

Desford Neighbourhood Plan

Throughout the development of the Neighbourhood Plan the Working Group has been guided and assisted by our excellent consultant Gary Kirk, the MD of YourLocale and Gary has now produced a very strong and closely argued  “Statement of Case” on behalf of Desford Parish Council in opposition of the Davidson’s appeal. Click here to see Gary’s  “Statement of Case” we believe that this document was instrumental in persuading Davidsons to finally withdraw their application.

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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