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Land north of Ashby de la Zouch (referred to as Moneyhill) is allocated in the North West Leicestershire Local Plan for housing and employment uses.  This means that the principle of development on the site has already been established.

The plan below (a larger version of which can be seen on the Local Plan - Ashby Inset Map (PDF Document, 3.56 Mb)) shows the land that is proposed for development (hatched in brown - housing, and hatched in purple - employment) and it also shows land immediately north of Nottingham Road which already has planning permission for 605 dwellings (solid brown).

  • H1b - land that already has planning permission for 605 homes.
  • H3a and Ec2 (1) - land that requires planning permission and is allocated in the Local Plan as housing (brown hatch) and employment (purple hatch) land. 

Local Plan Proposals Map - Moneyhill Extract

Developing H3a and Ec2(1)

Our Local Plan requires a masterplan for the proposed development on sites H3a and Ec2(1). It must show:

  • A range of land uses (including residential, employment and commercial uses, green infrastructure and open spaces, pedestrian and cycle links within and beyond the site and community facilities)
  • Their relationship to each other and existing development in the vicinity of the site
  • What measures will be put in place to protect amenity of existing residential areas. 

The site promoter has been working with the district council and a range of other stakeholders to develop a masterplan which shows how it is envisaged that the site would be developed. This includes around 1,400 new homes and 16 hectares of employment land. 

Masterplan Preparation

The masterplan has been in preparation since 2016 and has been the subject of extensive dialogues with key consultees. A series of workshops were also undertaken which covered the following topic areas:

  • Workshop 1 – Planning, Highways and Design 11 Aug 2016
  • Workshop 2 - Housing, Education, Employment, Community Infrastructure and Leisure 18 August 2016
  • Workshop 3 - Environment and other matters 8 September 2016
  • Workshop 4 - Heritage 23 September 2016

The workshops were attended by a range of organisations including:

  • North West Leicestershire District Council – Planning, Leisure
  • Leicestershire County Council – Highways, Education, Archaeology, Lead Flood Authority
  • Highways England
  • Severn Trent Water
  • Historic England
  • National Forest Company
  • Ashby de la Zouch Town Council
  • Miller Homes
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Iceni, Buro Happold, NT Associates landscape, Cogent Land – on behalf of development consortium

An initial Moneyhill Masterplan (PDF Document, 1.15 Mb) was then produced by the site promoter in the summer of 2019 and we undertook a period of consultation on this between 1 July and 12 August 2019 inviting views on the masterplan from local residents, businesses and stakeholders.

Consultation on Revised Masterplan 

Revised Moneyhill Masterplan (PDF Document, 4.94 Mb) has now been produced and submitted to us by the site promoter. 

Changes proposed include:

  1. The respective areas of the Employment Land Zones have been added. These total the amount included in the Local Plan (16 HA) but concentrate the overwhelming bulk of employment use adjacent to the existing industrial estate, in a discrete location served directly from the new roundabout on the A511.
  2. The smaller Employment Land Zone to the north, is limited to 2HA and a specific B1 use designation (defined as offices, research and development of products and processes, light industry appropriate in a residential area), to reflect its relationship with adjoining properties and it’s place in the landscape.
  3. A note has been added to confirm that amendments to the Smisby Road Junction would be subject to a full design process as part of the relevant Planning Application process and that the existing balancing pond would be fully considered at that time.
  4. A note has been added confirming that all residential parcels are to contain a mix of private and affordable housing;
  5. Bus Stops and the relevant walking distances are now more clearly delineated.
  6. Additional footpath links and landscaping have been added, in response to specific comments from residents;
  7. The Cycle and Pedestrian routes are now shown more clearly and distinguishable from the Primary Adopted Streets;
  8. A note has been added on the Nottingham Road access confirming that this is restricted (in accordance with the relevant Planning Consent and Legal Agreements) to a maximum of 100 residential units.

We consulted on this masterplan from 02 October to 16 October 2019. The Council will take all responses, including those submitted at the previous stage, and use them in our decision making process when considering the masterplan.

Further information will be posted on this page when it becomes available.

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