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Unwanted Littlethorpe development refused

An application to build over 100 homes in Littlethorpe has been refused by Blaby District Council’s Planning Committee.

Plans were submitted by Gladman Developments Ltd in March for outline permission to build up to 108 homes on land off Oak Road. The application was recommended for refusal by Planning Officers as it conflicts with policies set out by the Blaby District Local Plan, which seeks to promote sustainable development.

The application was submitted with no prior discussion with the Council and proposed development on land designated as countryside. According to the report prepared by Planning Officers, the development would have caused: “Significant harm to the character and appearance of the local landscape and countryside and the character of the village.”
The Council can also show that the current required minimum housing numbers in the villages classed as “Medium Central Villages,” including Littlethorpe, have already been exceeded. Blaby District Council can also demonstrate more than the required five year supply of housing land, putting it in a stronger position to refuse applications for development on inappropriate sites.

The planning application documents and committee report can be viewed by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/planning and searching for the application number 19/0266/OUT.
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It has been a great summer in the Community Library with the children’s Summer Reading Challenge again proving popular with local families. Over 55 children have signed up so far and several have already completed the challenge and received their medals and certificates. Well done!

We have lots of lovely new book stock in the library including children’s, babies and teenage books so do pop in and have a look. Alternatively, why not grab a bargain in our next pre-loved book sale outside the library on September 7th (10.30am to 12.30).

A reminder that on September 21st (1-3pm) we are holding a Community Library Open Day/Taster Session where you can pop in and try out being a librarian and take part in librarian mini-challenges. This is a family friendly event, so do bring children along. We can sign you up for your free library card on the day if you would like to take books out or use our online services such as audio/digital books (simple ID required).

 

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Looking ahead, keep the date free on Friday November 1st for our Quiz Evening; this time to be held in the new Narborough Parish Centre. The evening involves a fun quiz, tasty supper and cake! It is a very popular event and tickets always sell fast. We will be selling tickets from October 1st in the library.

We are delighted that so many local people have become ‘Friends’ of the Community Library with a (minimum) donation of £10 per year. This really helps us to keep the library sustainable for the future. You can become a ‘friend’ at any time during the year; just contact us for a form or information. We are truly grateful for this local support!

Don’t forget that all our regular clubs and events details can be seen on our website, nandlclibrary.org or on Facebook. We have a craft club, seniors club, digital skills club and we offer regular ‘Little Bookworms’ sessions as well as children’s craft events. If you would like to volunteer with us, please email us on nandlclibrary@gmail.com <mailto:nandlclibrary@gmail.com>. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to run any other clubs for the benefit of our community. Our library is also available for private hire. Thank you for your continued support.
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