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.

Details of Draft Limits to Development on NWLDC website June 2019 >>

Also check out planning applications in Worthington Parish >>

Proposal for distribution park at the old Lounge site adjacent to A42 J13

This is an update of previously approved plans necessary because of the routing of the HS2

Discussion & presentation by Gazeley at March Parish Council meeting >>

Planning application 19/00652/FULM >>

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 >>



HS2 route changes and major railhead and workings

Read Coleorton Parish Council, Leicestershire County and North West Leicestershire's responses and further info below. If you live close to the proposed Railhead and received a White Envelope from HS2 you still have time to make your response to the proposals. Your views do count.


Leicestershire County Council response

The Leicestershire County Council response to the "HS2 Phase 2b design refinement consultation", is now on the Leicestershire County Council HS2 website. The response, along with previous responses and decisions are on the Leicestershire County Council HS2 website, here:

Their response which covers a wider geographic area than just Coleorton, is well worth a read. They go into considerable detail over environmental and heritage issues and footpaths. However, they have suggested that there could be some benefit in keeping a part of the Ashby Railhead as a permanent maintenance facility in place of the proposed permanent facility near Austrey. This seems at odds with their other suggestion that the Temporary Railhead area be redesignated as a country park after the HS2 work is completed.


Response to the consultation:

Taking into account communications from parishioners the Parish Council responded to the HS2 consultations as follows:

If you wish to make a comment about the Parish response please reply before 4th September to

You may respond individually or on hehalf of your company or local organisation:

Consultation for the Temporary Railhead at Ashby ends on Friday 18 October 2019.


Additional document regarding proposed railhead

This factsheet explaining the working hours for the railhead operations.

Infrastructure maintenance and rail systems construction facilities factsheet (pdf)


Further changes to route and consultation

HS2 Ltd have launched consultation on route refinements around junction 13 of the A42 and on the location of a Temporary Rail Head at Ashby de la Zouch. Actually the Temporary Railhead area stretches from J13 along the A511 right down to Sinope and the junction with The Moorlands. This scheme would connect into existing Leicester - Burton rail line in order to bring in heavy and very large items - so makes sense to HS2 project team. The Consultation runs until 6th September 2019. Further details can be found on

Consultation document (pdf) >>. Pages 32-25 show the alteration to the route as it affects Coleorton Parish and pages 54-56 details the proposal for a temporary railhead at junction 13 of the A42.

The Consultation lasts from 6 June to 6 September 2019.

There was an information event at Ivanhoe College, North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1HX on Saturday 29 June from 12pm to 5pm and also:

  • 2nd July 2-8pm Tithe Barn Polesworth
  • 4th July 2-8pm Austrey Village Hall

Also officials from the HS2 project will be giving a presentation to Worthington Parish Council at Worthington Methodist church, starting at 7.30. There will be an chance for councillors and members of the public to question the officials about the effects of the plans on the local area.

The Parish Council will be replying to this consultation. You can reply to the consultation yourself or send your comments and concerns to our parish clerk to include in the parish reply - email

Government HS2 Phase 2b page

Speech to parliament updating HS2 phase b2 position


Parish Council Response to HS2 Environmental Consultation

The Secretary of State for Transport has announced the launch of two HS2 consultations for the section of the route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds, which is known as Phase 2b. These consultations are on:

  • The working draft Environmental Statement that describes the potential environmental effects of building and operating Phase 2b of HS2; as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects.
  • The working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report that considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of HS2 Phase 2b on people with protected characteristics.

Both consultations closed at 23:45 on 21 December 2018.

The Parish Council prepared responses to the HS2 consultations.

Consultation documents are available here:


HS2 representatives at parish council meeting

Representatives from HS2 attended the September 2018 meeting and explained the current situation and what will happen in the next few months. Plans for the area around Measham are still being reviewed by parliament and there is an outside chance any new plans may impact on the Coleorton section (LA04). Read the presentation >>


Latest maps and factsheets from HS2

See latest maps at The map for our area is Birchmoor-Tonge sheet 4.

Also a detailed local map >>

SLC Rail, who seem to be overseeing our HS2 bit, have issued some comments on the fact sheets and maps:


HS2 Public information events

HS2 are holding a number of public information events during June and July 2018, at which they will be presenting further details of the evolving design for the railway,including proposals for the location of construction sites, infrastructure associated with the railway and the realignment of major roads and public rights of way. The nearest meetings are:

  • Tamworth - Saturday 16 June, 12pm - 5pm, at The Wilnecote School, Tinkers Green Road, Wilnecote, Tamworth B77 5LF
  • Kegworth - Monday 18 June, 2pm - 8pm, at the Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, 33 Packington Hill, Kegworth DE74 2DF
  • Measham - Thursday 12 July, 2pm - 8pm, at Measham Leisure Centre, High Street, Measham, DE12 7HR

The new information is work in progress and may change as design is refined, environmental assessments made and and feedback taken into consideration. Information on the evolving design is also available at>/p>

Public meetings leaflet (pdf) >>


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