What are the roles of Town Centre Boundaries?
Town Centre boundaries are a way in which we can seek to control the types of uses that would be permitted in these specific areas. These boundaries will need to be accompanied by new planning policies as part of the new Local Plan. These policies could include directing new retail development and town centre uses from the uses proposed to be located outside of these centres. Defining boundaries would assist in potentially allocating land for retail development.
What method was used to review and prepare the Town Centre Boundaries?
In determining which centres to review, regard has been had to the definition of town centres from the National Planning Policy Framework. On the basis of this Norris Hill, Cropstone Drive and Whitwick local centres have not been included within this review.
The town centres of Coalville, Ashby de la Zouch, Castle Donington, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham have therefore been reviewed.
A survey of the existing ground floor uses within the currently defined town and local centres of the centres referred to above were undertaken in July 2014. The Use Class Order puts uses of land and buildings into various classes of land use. Generally planning permission is needed for change of use not within the same use class. For example, permission is needed to change from a shop to an estate agent, bank building society, restaurant, cafe, pub and hot food takeaway. However planning permission is not needed to change from one of these uses to a shop.
Draft Town Centre Boundary plans and existing uses
Last updated: Thu 5 August, 2021 @ 16:50