Melton Borough Council

Work starts on new planning guidance for Melton 

Published Wednesday, 10th July 2019

Scoping reports for two new Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) have been published for consultation. 

These mark the beginning of work by Melton Borough Council to provide more guidance to developers about what will be expected in the design of new developments and in any proposals for new development within Melton North and Melton South Sustainable Neighbourhoods. Views are now being sought on each report. 

The Design of New Development SPD is being prepared so that developers, local people and businesses alike can see clearly what is required for whatever scale or type of development they are considering, wherever it is proposed in the Borough. The design of development can have a significant impact on how people experience the places where they live, work and visit. The Design SPD will set out how new development can be designed to successfully fit into its setting and reflect local character, but it will also cover a wide range of practical design issues such as providing sufficient parking and waste collection space to promoting higher environmental standards and helping to protect and enhance biodiversity. 

The Melton Sustainable Neighbourhoods SPD will focus solely on areas on the northern and southern fringes of Melton Mowbray where a total of about 3700 new homes, associated services and community facilities, and about 20 hectares of employment land are planned. This SPD is being prepared to ensure that these new neighbourhoods are developed as great places to live, that they link well to the existing built up area and that all the infrastructure needed is provided when and where they will be needed.  

In launching the consultation, Councillor Leigh Higgins, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity said:

‘Following the adoption of the Local Plan in October 2018, these proposed policy documents will be really important in providing more detail about what good design means for different parts of the Borough and what envisaged for each of the sustainable neighbourhoods.  It is vital that the new development we need for growth enhances the attractiveness of the Borough so that it continues to be a great place to live and do business. Both of these pieces of work will strengthen the Council’s ability to achieve this.’

The consultation on the scope of both documents runs until 25th July 2019.
The consultation documents and more details about how to have your say can be found on the Local Plan website  

Alternatively, the documents can be viewed at the Council offices and at Melton and Bottesford libraries, where paper copies of the comments forms are also available.  

Comments received during the consultation will be taken into consideration in preparing the draft SPDs. Once finalised the SPDs will be taken into account by the Council in making decisions on planning applications. 


For more information please contact:

Name:  Valerie Adams 
Melton Borough Council