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EXAMINATION HEARING POSTPONED DUE TO GENERAL ELECTION
The Examination Hearing, which was due to open on Tuesday 2 July, has been postponed due to the General  Election taking place on 4 July.
The Hearing  sessions scheduled for 2-4 and 9-11 July will be rearranged for  alternative dates.
A revised Hearing programme and Guidance Notes will  be published in due course.
Details will be circulated to  all intended participants and posted on the website.
This will include  revised dates for confirming participation in the Hearing, and  submitting Statements of Common Ground and Hearing Statements.
CRUCIAL MILESTONE REACHED FOR THE FORMER GOLF COURSE’S FUTURE
STEVE WALTERS REPORTS - 1st June 2024

Things have been very quiet with the Leicester City Local Plan process since it was submitted to the government inspectors in September 2023. However, major decisions affecting the future of the course will be made this year.
Part 1 of the crucial document, Matters, Issues and Questions has just been released by the government inspection team for the July hearings.
Topics listed for discussion:
  • Is the housing allocation justified?
  • Loss of green space
  • Loss of Green Wedge
  • Loss of trees and woodland
  • Biodiversity, including the Local Wildlife Site
  • Protected species
  • Living conditions of local residents
  • Air quality
  • Pollution
  • Flood risk
  • Traffic and highway safety
  • Infrastructure and facilities
  • The Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
A direct link to the City Local Plan examination details can be found in the Golf Course tab on the Glenfield Gazette website.
The hearings date for most matters relating to the golf course has been set for 4th July 2024. The venue will be City Hall, Charles Street.
Any member of the public can attend the hearings as an observer but only those who responded to the February 2023 consultation can further participate in person at the hearings or in writing. Anyone wishing to actively take part should notify the Programme Officer, Ian Kemp by the deadline 4th June 2024.
The deadline for written comments is 14th June.
Contact Ian Kemp (Programme Officer) by email at ian@localplanservices.co.uk

Earlier news items about the former Western Park Golf Course appear below:
The former Western Park Golf Course
Report From Steve Walters - 28th October 2023




We’re  just coming out of a quiet phase for the golf course. On the 6th July  there was a full City Council Meeting. A motion had been proposed for  the meeting by Conservative Councillor Rae Bhatia that two of the  largest green spaces listed in City’s Local Plan be removed. They were  Beaumont Park and the golf course. After a fierce debate the motion was  unfortunately lost 26 to 22 votes. This was a huge disappointment as it  would have been a major turning point, although not unexpected as all  the Labour councillors voted with the party line.
The  total Leicester City Local Plan was subsequently submitted to the  government inspector team on 26th September. There will now be a delay  to allow the full examination of the considerable amount of documents.  It is anticipated that the public hearings will take place in early to  mid 2024. This will be the final opportunity to challenge any aspect of  the Local Plan.

At  the end of the examination the Inspector will send a report to  Leicester City Council recommending whether or not they can adopt the  plan. In most cases the report will recommend some changes that are  necessary to allow the plan to be adopted. These are known as ‘main  modifications’.

After the examinations are completed it will be put to a vote at a City full council meeting.
If  the Local Plan is approved at the City Council meeting, it will then  enter detailed planning phases, which will give a further opportunity to  object.

The link below will take you to the City Council Local Plan website


Editor‘s Note: If you live locally, but have not yet visited the Former Western Golf Course, I urge you to do so, to see for yourself what we risk losing.
You can access the area at various points in Glenfield, including Blackthorn Road, Slate Walk Way, Somerset Drive or via Optimus Point (alongside Gearys Bakery).
If you are unable to visit in person, you can take a virtual walk around the Golf Course online. Visit: https://youtu.be/VuwriKRth0U to experience a superb low-level drone video created by Alan Rampton Photography.

ANNA BAKER'S PETITION TO SAVE THE GOLF COURSE IS NOW CLOSED BUT YOU CAN STILL READ ABOUT IT ON CHANGE.ORG - HERE'S THE LINK:

Click on Steve Walters' photo below to enjoy the drone footage
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