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Village: Ab Kettleby

Parish: Ab Kettleby

Location

Ab Kettleby is a compact village located some 3 miles north of Melton Mowbray adjacent to the A606, Nottingham to Melton Road. The village stands high on the southern ‘dip’ slope of the Leicestershire Wolds, near the ancient `Salt Way'. The built up area is concentrated along either side of Main Road on an east-west axis to the west of the A606.

Population

The mid 1993 Population Estimate is 372. The population estimate has increased over recent years (by 19% over the period 1984-1993).

Built Environment and Conservation

A Conservation Area, which is centred on the historic core of the village and the 17th Century Manor House, was designated in 1994. Traditional red brick and ironstone agricultural dwellings with clay pantile or slate roofs are concentrated along both sides of Main Road. A sense of enclosure is established along this street by stone walls and brick outbuildings enclosing private garden areas.

The Church of St. James is built of decayed limestone restored. There are 8 buildings listed as being of historical or architectural interest. There is a listed K6 telephone kiosk on Main Road. A Roman pavement lies 4 ft. below the north wall of the church indicating much earlier occupation of the site. There is a moated site located in the field to the east of the Church which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. There are three working farms on the north side of Main Road, west of the A606.

Natural Environment

The largely open area immediately to the south of the village, (including St. James Church, the Scheduled Ancient Monument and fields either side of the A606), is particularly important to the setting of the village and allows good southerly views from the village. The village pond and environs at the southern end of Church Lane is also of significance to the village character. There are few open spaces within the built-up area of the village and tree cover is generally unexceptional.

Development History

The Belvoir Avenue/Quorn Avenue development to the south west of the village was built during the 1970’s. Over the period 1981 to 1995 11 dwellings have been built, mostly bungalows. There are outstanding planning consents for a further 5 dwellings within the village at March, 1995.

Community Facilities

There is a primary school with playgroup facilities on Main Road. There is a part time post office in the village, but there are no other shopping facilities apart from mobile shops (2 butchers and a greengrocer). The mobile library service visits weekly. The public house ‘The Sugar Loaf’is a centre for social activities and the community centre has facilities for various groups such as WI/Youth Club etc.

There is a children’s play area off Chapel Close. Although the cricket field off Main Road is no longer in use, there is a football field adjacent and well used allotments to the south of the village. There are bus services to Melton Mowbray and Nottingham.

Utilities

There is a gas supply to the village. Severn Trent Water Limited advises that there is at present spare capacity at the Asfordby sewage works which would serve any additional development within the village.

Planning Policies

There will be a general presumption in favour of development within the Village Envelope defined on the Proposals Map, subject to Policy OS1 and other relevant policies of the Local Plan. Planning permission for residential development will normally be confined to small groups of dwellings, single plots or the change of use of existing buildings located within the village in accordance with Policy H6.

Policy OS2 will apply outside the Village Envelope along with other relevant policies of the Local Plan.

The Borough Council will urge Leicestershire County Council to secure the early completion of the Ab Kettleby bypass in accordance with Policy T1 of the Local Plan (see Village Inset).

Ab Kettleby lies within an "Area of Particularly Attractive Countryside" defined in the LSP. This area is shown on the Local Plan Proposals Map.

Village: Asfordby Parish:Asfordby.

Location

Asfordby lies on the north side of the River Wreake, 3 miles due west of Melton Mowbray on the A6006 Melton Mowbray to Hathern road. It is the second largest settlement in the Borough. Residents rely mainly on Melton Mowbray and Leicester for employment opportunities, although there are some small businesses offering limited local employment.

Population

The OPCS mid-1993 estimate gives a population of 2,636 for Asfordby village and the nearby settlement of Asfordby Valley. The population estimate has remained relatively stable over recent years.

Built Environment and Conservation

A Conservation Area was designated in Asfordby in 1986. The Conservation Area contains the historic core of the village centred on Main Street, Brook Lane, the area around All Saints Church and also includes areas of washland and water meadows to the south.

There are 10 buildings listed as being of architectural or historic interest, together with the village cross, a pump at the Old Hall and a tomb in All Saints churchyard. Fine examples are the Parish Church of All Saints, the former Rectory, Beechcroft, with its garden boundary wall and gate piers, set in attractive wooded grounds and the Old Hall, a former manor house dating from 1620. There are several cottages along Main Street, together with the Horse Shoes Public House which have been notified by the Department of National Heritage as being of local interest although not statutorily listed.

The predominant traditional building material within the Conservation Area is red brick Flemish bond with slate or pantile roofs. In general the older part of the village contains a number of pleasant housing groups informal in layout and design and in stark contrast to the more modern housing estates to the north and west of the Conservation Area.

Newleigh Farm to the north of the village is the only working farm.

Natural Environment

There are few open spaces of significance within the village. The extensively wooded grounds of Beechcroft and All Saints Church are perhaps the most notable. The extensive washlands of the River Wreake are important to the village setting affording distant views of Asfordby in its valley setting and the tall church spire which is an important focal point.

There are a large number of mature tree groups within and around the village. In particular those along the River Wreake, surrounding the church and at Asfordby Place add considerably to the character of the settlement. There are other attractive tree groups in the vicinity of The Grove and Hall Drive.

The old canal to the south of the village has been identified as ecologically significant at district level. Other areas including grassland, marsh and ponds to the north of the village are considered ecologically significant at parish level. An extensive tree planting programme has recently been undertaken alongside the new bypass to the north of the village.

The Provisional Agricultural Land Classification Map shows the majority of the land to the north of Asfordby is classified Grade II by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Much of the land south of the village is classified Grade IV with the exception of a small area to the south west which is Grade II. Many of the fields surrounding the village are used for grazing although some are in arable use.

Development History

Originally a small agricultural community, the village grew once ironstone working began nearby in the latter part of the 19th century. The development of the early village was generally linear in form along Main Street. Substantial development of a suburban character has occurred to the north of Main Street and at the Western edge of the village during the post war period.

Housing

Over the period 1981 to 1991 approximately 10 dwellings per year were constructed. The population estimate increase of the mid 1980s coincided with the construction of some 60 new dwellings over the same period, suggesting that the new house building catered for an inward movement of the households into Asfordby. A new housing site is allocated in the Local Plan at Jubilee Avenue.

The Borough Council’s housing waiting list at March 1995, showed 84 households with a first choice preference for Asfordby.

Employment and Industry

There were 1,565 Asfordby residents in employment according to the 1991 census, out of a total economically active workforce of 1,649. The Asfordby Storage and Haulage transport depot on Main Street is the only significant industrial site in the village.

Highways and Transportation.

The Asfordby by-pass to the north of the village was completed in April 1989. It is estimated that as a result there has been a 65% decrease in total traffic along Main Street including a 75% decrease in heavy vehicle movements.

Car Parking

There are existing car parks off Bradgate Lane to serve the neighbourhood shopping centre, which can accommodate 53 cars.

Community Facilities
Shopping

Melton Mowbray is the principal destination for major shopping needs. For everyday needs Bradgate Lane neighbourhood shopping centre offers a good range of goods and services which include a butcher, greengrocer, newsagent /post office and mini supermarket. Amongst the more specialist outlets there is a chemist/pharmacy, florist, ladies hairdresser and Chinese hot food takeaway.

Several other shops front onto Main Street including a fish and chip shop, building society/insurance agent and bookmaker. A mini supermarket is situated in Charnwood Avenue. In addition there is a public houses and a petrol filling station which also offers car repairs. Asfordby also fulfils a role as a service centre to nearby smaller settlements. Present shopping and commercial facilities appear quite adequate to cater for the needs of the community over the Plan period.

Education

Asfordby Captains Close Primary School is situated off Saxelbye Road. For secondary education pupils travel to Melton Mowbray.

Other Community Facilities

Health care is provided by the doctors surgery off Regency Road which is managed by the Latham House (Melton Mowbray) Medical Practice. There is also a dental surgery on Main Street. The Parish hall offers a venue for community activities and various clubs and societies including scouts, brownies and playgroups meet at the Church of England Community Centre, which also offers evening classes. Captains Close School is the venue for cubs, the karate club and the operatic society during weekday evenings.

The swimming pool at the school is also used for family swimming sessions. Religious life in the village centres on All Saints Parish Church and also Trinity Church a small Methodist Chapel on Main Street, both of which offer weekly services. The County Council mobile library service visits the village fortnightly.

Recreation.

The Parish Council playing field to the rear of the Parish Hall has a football pitch used mainly by Asfordby Football Club. Two tennis courts are situated adjacent to the Hall. The Parish Council has indicated that it wishes to increase sports facilities within the village and would like to provide another football pitch, additional tennis courts and improved changing facilities together with a cricket pitch, bowling green and children's adventure playground .

There is an equipped children's play area off Wreake Crescent/Glendon Close and another small grassed play space off Charnwood Avenue. There are allotment gardens at Loughborough Road to the west of the village and a smaller area off Charnwood Avenue. Both are well used and tended.

Other recreation facilities in the vicinity of the village include the lake at Hoby Road used by Melton Mowbray Sailing Club, and the Asfordby Amateurs Sports Club ground, also off Hoby Road which offers both football and cricket pitches together with an indoor sports hall, where badminton, five-a-side and table tennis facilities are available. Planning permission was granted in 1992 for the provision of 2 outdoor tennis courts at the ground. The Leicestershire Wildfowlers reserve at Priory Water off Station Lane provides excellent facilities for ornithologists.

Public Transport

There are regular bus services to Melton Mowbray and Leicester and infrequent services to Loughborough and Nottingham. No service is available on Sundays.

Utilities
Foul and Surface Water and Water Supply

There is adequate capacity in the foul water system for future foreseeable development. New surface water sewers will have to be constructed to serve any new developments, discharging either to suitable watercourses or via a flow balancing arrangement, provided that consent is obtained from the Environment Agency. There is an adequate water supply to the village.

Electricity and Gas Supply

There are existing supplies to the village.

Planning Policies

In 1989 the Council adopted the Melton Mowbray and Asfordby Local Plan which contains planning policies and proposals which cover Asfordby to the year 1996. The Melton Local Plan will supersede the existing plan.

General Development

Outside the village envelope planning permission will not normally be granted for development apart from the exceptions defined in Policy OS2. The boundary of the ‘Area of Particularly Attractive Countryside’ defined in the LSP abuts the west edge of the village.

Residential Development

There will be a presumption in favour of housing development in accordance with Policy H3 of the Local Plan at the Jubilee Avenue site (2.0 hectares) identified on the Proposals Map (see Asfordby inset).

It is anticipated that this site will yield a total of 54 dwellings over the Plan period. The Borough Council requires the provision of affordable housing at this site in accordance with Policy H7. It is anticipated that 15-20 affordable houses might be secured on this site. Planning permission has already been granted for residential development at Main Street, Asfordby, (0.8 hectares).

Further applications for planning permission in Asfordby will be considered in the light of Policy H6 and other relevant Local Plan policies.

Industrial Development

There are no sites allocated for industrial development in Asfordby. Any planning application for employment development will be considered against Policy OS2 of the Local Plan.

Recreation

Land is allocated in accordance with Policy R1 for an extension the Parish Playing field east of the Village Hall, Main Street (2.34 hectares). This land was allocated for recreational development in the Melton Mowbray & Asfordby Local Plan.

Shopping

Policy S7 generally directs new local retail development to the village centre.

Highways and Transportation

In view of the existing and anticipated traffic flows along the A6006 between Melton Mowbray and Asfordby, the Council will urge the Highway Authority to consider the construction of a by-pass to the south of Asfordby Hill/Asfordby valley connecting the western section of the proposed Melton Mowbray by-pass to the eastern end of the existing Asfordby by-pass.

Utilities

In times of heavy rainfall extensive areas along the River Wreake are susceptible to flooding. These areas are defined as Essential Washland on the Proposals Map and in accordance with Policy UT1 there will be a presumption against development which would cause obstruction to the free flow of water during times of flooding.

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