Well known local historian, Michael Wortley, has published a new book about the history of Garendon Park entitled:
‘The Garendon Park of 1934. Its history, and its flora & fauna’
The main part of the book is a unique, beautifully hand written manuscript by Miss Madeline Smith dating from around 1934. Madeline was a well known schoolmistress, choir mistress and church organist in Shepshed and the manuscript is a thesis she presented whilst at teacher training college in Derby. As well as the script, there are photographs of the Park and line drawings of flowers, fishes, birds and trees.
The book also includes an introduction and illustrated Smith Family History by Michael. This has a number of photographs of people and places in Shepshed, dating back as far as 1912.
Garendon Park has been at the centre of Loughborough, Shepshed and Hathern for well over a thousand years and the book will be of interest to many people in the area. Madeline died in 1979, but her memory will linger for many years to come with this interesting, nostalgic publication.
The book is priced at £12 with all profits going to the Garendon Park & Countryside Protection Group.
Examination in Public (EiP)
The first 2 sessions of the EiP took place at Loughborough Town Hall on Wednesday/Thursday 19/20th March. Session 1 dealt with ‘The Duty to Co-operate, and Session 2 ‘Overall Provision for Housing’. GPCPG Committee Members attended the sessions only as observers since we hadn’t submitted comments on these matters. The Inspector assessed whether the Core Strategy was sound in respect of the two issues.
The outcomes of the hearings were that:
- CBC has complied with the Duty to Co-operate.
- The CS has not been positively prepared, it is not justified or effective and it is not consistent with national policy in respect of overall housing provision. It is therefore not sound.
As a result the Inspector has suspended the Examination for nine months until Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) figures are available to establish what overall housing provision should be. After this, it is expected that the Inspector will revue other issues with regard to soundness, including: location of housing development; highways and transport issues; failure to listen to local communities as required by the Localism Act and; the environment and sustainability. The Inspector will decide at a later date which issues he wants to examine.
The delay may be helpful in that GPCPG will be able to better formulate our objections to the CS, with the help of newly appointed Consultants. We also hope that CBC takes the opportunity to review and change the CS, particularly as regards development sites – but we’re not holding our breath!
The biggest danger is that developers will submit planning applications to build on the Garendon Green Wedge, in Hathern and west of Shepshed. This is already happening and the newly formed Core Strategy Action Group (CSAG – see below) will monitor all such applications closely and submit objections as required.
Core Strategy Action Group (CSAG)
It is very pleasing to report that Hathern Parish Council (HPC) and Shepshed Town Council (STC) have committed substantial funds to our Campaign, specifically to employ Consultants to help us present our case to the EiP. The Consultants will also attend EiP Sessions. The CSAG has been established to co-ordinate our Campaign efforts and to advise on the way forward. Members of CSAG are Joan Tassell and Cynthia Popley for STC, Roy Dann and John Boyes for HPC, Lynda Needham and Roy Kershaw for GPCPG, Michael Robson for CERDA Planning, Sean McGregor for Travis Baker.
However, GPCPG still need financial contributions from supporters to fund our continuing Campaign including for distribution of Newsletters, downloading the many reports relating to the CS, design and printing of our submissions to the EiP as well as making a contribution to the costs of our Consultants. Contributions should be sent by cheque, payable to GPCPG, to Pat Murphy at 8, Caernavon Close, Shepshed LE12 9QB.
Over 70 new members/supporters have joined GPCPG over the last month as a result of a letter sent out to Charnwood residents who submitted objections to the CS Consultation last year. Many thanks to those new supporters! Membership now stands at 1,270 gained mostly through our website www.garendon.org.uk. However, we are aiming to increase support to 2,000 before the resumption of the EiP, so it would be super if current members could ask family, friends and neighbours to join GPCPG and sign the petition. At present we have 4,230 residents on our hard copy and on-line petitions. We want to increase this to at least 5,000.
Garendon Park – New Publication
Michael Wortley, one of GPCPG’s biggest supporters, has published a new book about Garendon Park. Many thanks, Michael!
The Garendon Park of 1934 – Its history, and its flora & fauna
by Miss Madeline Smith
with introduction and illustrated Smith Family History
by Michael Wortley
Madeline Smith was a local teacher who, while at Derby teachers training college in 1934, wrote a thesis on her much beloved Garendon Park. This new book reproduces this thesis, in her own handwriting, as well as many illustrations and photographs. Hugely interesting!
There will be a demonstration outside and inside Loughborough Town Hall, starting at 5.00pm, on Monday 28th October. On that evening, at an Extraordinary Full Council Meeting, Councillors will have a vote on whether to accept, reject or amend the Core Strategy (Local Plan). It is a Public Meeting, starting at 6.30 pm, and it’s important that residents make their views known to Borough Councillors.
A big turnout of Charnwood residents opposed to the Borough Council Core Strategy is expected. Despite the thousands of objections to the Strategy submitted during the recent Consultation, CBC has completely ignored the views of residents in both North and South Charnwood. GPCPG supporters will be joined by BABTAG and Thurmaston Say No Groups as well as other concerned residents.
Lynda Needham (Chair) and Roy Kershaw (Vice-Chair) of GPCPG have made the following joint statement:
“Over the last 8 or 9 years Charnwood Borough Council has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of ratepayers’ money on formulating their Core Strategy. Consultants have been employed at very high cost. Thousands of pounds have been spent on Consultations, Workshops and other attempts to discern the views of Charnwood residents. But none of the views have been taken into account in formulating the Core Strategy. It remains almost exactly the same as published in 2006 – Core Strategy Preferred Options.
The Core Strategy proposes housing development almost exclusively on greenfield sites and agricultural land. This is particularly true in the case of the Garendon Green Wedge, on which up to 3,500 houses are planned – a Garendon New Town. The house building programme has now been extended to west of Shepshed, again on agricultural land, with planning applications already in for almost 1,000 houses and land identified for thousands more. It has become a ‘free for all’ for developers who avoid the more difficult brownfield sites and focus instead on destroying our Countryside.
More houses are needed in Charnwood, but in the north of the Borough these should be built east rather than west of Loughborough, on largely brownfield rather than greenfield sites. Now the Council are no longer constrained by the Regional Plan (which has been abandoned) they should have a strategy of promoting smaller developments scattered around the Borough instead of huge Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs).
Councillors should reject the current Core Strategy and ask Officers to come up with a strategy that is more sustainable and in line with Charnwood Residents’ expressed views. They should remember that at the Examination in Public, the Inspector may well reject the Core Strategy as it now stands, as happened in Melton Mowbray and North West Leicestershire as well as Councils in Hampshire and West Yorkshire.
GPCPG Campaign against Charnwood Borough Council Core Strategy
The CBC Core Strategy (Local Plan) still includes plans to build up to 3,500 houses on the Garendon Green Wedge and hundreds of houses west of Shepshed on Tickow Lane/Oakley Road. This is despite the thousands of objections to the plans sent in by Charnwood residents during the recent Consultation.
The next stage of the Core Strategy appraisal process is a Full Council Meeting on Monday 28th October starting at 6.30 pm at Loughborough Town Hall. At this meeting Councillors will vote on the Core Strategy proposals before they are sent to the Secretary of State.
This is a Public Meeting, so please come along and show your objections to this flawed Core Strategy. A big turnout will show Charnwood Councillors the strength of feeling against this devastating attack on our Countryside. We will be joined by other protestors from BABTAG and Thurmaston (for South Charnwood) so it should be a very effective demonstration.
- Join the Demonstration gathering from 5.00 to 6.00 pm outside Loughborough Town Hall on Monday 28th October – bring along your banners and placards
- Email, phone or write to your local Borough Councillors urging them to vote against the Core Strategy as it now stands
- Email or write to Nicky Morgan the MP for Loughborough
- Alert friends and neighbours and ask them to come along to the Demonstration
Welcome to the Garendon Park and Countryside Protection Group (GPCPG) Website.
Charnwood Borough Council’s Draft Core Strategy proposes building 3,500 houses on the Garendon Estate. New roads would be built through the Estate as well as the listed Garendon Park, from the A6 at Hathern to the A512 near Shepshed. There are also proposals for extension of the Western Distributor Road from the A512 through Nanpantan and the Outwoods. The Core Strategy now also identifies Shepshed for further building with over 1,000 additional houses projected for west of the town.
Such developments would; destroy productive agricultural land; result in deterioration in air quality; countryside paths and cycle routes would disappear; biodiversity and wildlife would be negatively affected; important heritage assets in the listed Garendon Park would be compromised; local roads would become increasingly congested.
New housing development should be EAST OF LOUGHBOROUGH, on the Wymeswold Airfield brownfield site and at Cotes, NOT west of Loughborough.
GPCPG have launched a new Campaign to save the Garendon Green Wedge and other greenfield sites west of Loughborough, including Shepshed, Hathern, Nanpantan and the Outwoods. To view/download/print the Campaign Leaflet, click the file attached below.
GPCPG has been successfully fighting these developments for some eight years now, but the next few months will be critical to our Campaign. WE NEED YOUR HELP.