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Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds

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Bath Grounds Receive Green Flag Award

Posted by [email protected] on October 24, 2020 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (11)

Ashby Town Council have announced success in their bid for Green Flag status for the Bath Grounds. The Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds congratulate the council on this achievement and look forward to continuing to work with the council to further improve maintenance standards and facilities in the park. In order to acheive this award, the Town Council has developed a Maintenance Schedule for the Grounds which provides a template for the upkeep of the park. This Schedule was shared with the Friends' Committee prior to submission and we were pleased to make constructive suggestions regarding its content.

Royal Hotel Car Park Update.

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2020 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (145)

The Royal Hotel car park, which was closed to public use last year, is currently being used as a depot for the contractors laying a new gas main along Tamworth Road. Unfortunately, this is not counted as a change of use and does not require new planning permission. We understand that they are permitted to work on the site between 7:30am and 6:30pm.

Here is the full text of a communication from the Ditrsict Council explaining the planning position.


Class A (gas transporters) of Part 15 (Power related development) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) (‘The Order outlines that permitted development (i.e. development which has deemed consent) includes:

 (a) The laying underground of mains, pipes or other apparatus; and

 (d) The placing and storage on land of pipes and other apparatus to be included in a main or pipe which is being or is about to be laid or constructed in pursuance of planning permission granted or deemed to be granted under Part 3 of the Act (control over development).

 The reference to ‘Part 3 of the Act’ is reference to Part 3 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which specifies under Part (2) criterion (c) that the carrying out by a statutory undertaker of any works for the purpose of inspecting, repairing or renewing any main pipes, including the breaking open of any street or other land for that purpose, is not considered to involve “development of the land.”

 Development ‘permitted’ by Class A of Part 15 is subject to conditions and one particular condition, in this case, would be condition (b) which states that:

 “in the case of any Class A(d) development, on completion of the laying or construction of the main or pipe, or at the expiry of a period of 9 months from the beginning of the development, whichever is the sooner, any pipes or other apparatus still stored on the land are removed and the land restored as soon as reasonably practicable to its condition before the development took place (or any other condition which may be agreed with the local planning authority).”

 Separately to this Class A (Temporary Buildings and Structures) of Part 4 (Temporary Buildings and Uses) of The Order outlines that permitted development also includes “the provision on land of buildings, moveable structures, works, plant or machinery required temporarily in connection with and for the duration of operations being or to be carried out on, in, under or over the land or on land adjoining that land.”

 Development ‘permitted’ by Class A of Part 4 is subject to the following conditions which apply when the operations have been carried out:

 (a) Any building, structure, works, plant or machinery permitted by Class A is removed, and

 (b) Any adjoining land on which development permitted by Class A has been carried out is, as soon as reasonably practicable, reinstated to its condition before that development was carried out.

 Overall I would be of the view that the proposal has deemed consent via The Order and a formal planning application would not be required for the works which have/are to be carried out.

Ashby Town Council resolves not to surrender Bath Grounds lease

Posted by [email protected] on April 26, 2019 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Great news! On 10th September 2018, Ashby Town Council voted unanimously to "enter into a dialogue with Oakland Hotels to acquire the freehold of the Bath Grounds in its entirety and to make it clear to the land owner that the TC will not surrender the lease to the Bath Grounds either fully or partially now or in the future and also on expiry of the current lease the TC will pursue a renewal of the lease for a similar length of time as the current lease provides". This is a great start to our campaign. However we still have to persuade the District Council to turn down the planning application when it is submitted. We will let you know about sending letters of objection when the time comes.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN APPROVED AT REFERENDUM

Posted by [email protected] on November 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Ashby's electorate passed the Neighbourhood Plan with a 92% "Yes" vote  in the referendum held on Thursday 22 November 2018. The article below gives the background to the Neighbourhood Plan and explains its significance in boosting the planning protection for the Bath Grounds and Ashby's other green spaces.

The full result was;

YES - 2246 (92% of votes cast)

NO -  183

The turnout was 22%. 

The plan still has to be formally "made" by North West Leicestershire District Council but will be taken into account in all relevant planning applications form now on.

Many thanks to everyone who voted "YES". This is a significant step forward in our campaign to prevent house building on the Bath Grounds.

Support Ashby Neighbourhood Plan in Referendum

Posted by [email protected] on October 25, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2565)

On Thursday 22nd November, residents of Ashby will have the opportunity to vote in a local referendum on Ashby’s Neighbourhood Plan. The Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds are encouraging everyone interested in protecting the Bath Grounds and other green spaces in the town to turn out and vote in favour of adopting the plan. Committee member Dave Bigby said, “A high turn-out and strong vote for the Ashby’s Neighbourhood Plan is particularly important at a time when our Bath Grounds are, once again, threatened with building development”.

The Friends have been heavily involved in seeking the strongest possible protection for the Bath Grounds in the Neighbourhood Plan. If adopted, the plan will become part of the statutory Development Plan for the area and must be taken into account in all relevant planning decisions. It designates the Bath Grounds and Ashby’s other parks as “Local Green Space”, which provides an additional layer of planning protection as if they were Green Belt. Specifically, the draft Plan states that, “new development [on these sites] is ruled out other than in very special circumstances” and “the construction of new buildings on Local Green Spaces is inappropriate”. The Neighbourhood Plan also describes the Bath Grounds as “Playing Fields” which should assist in renewal of the lease when the time comes.

Ashby’s Neighbourhood Plan has been developed over a period of 5 years and is based on extensive work by a series of local focus groups, covering the areas of Housing and the Built Environment, Economic Growth, Accessibility and Transport, Town Centre Vitality and Education and Leisure with the whole process overseen by a Steering Group consisting of 4 Town Councillors, a representative from Ashby Civic Society, a representative from Ashby Town Team and Town Council officers. Several drafts went through a series of Community Consultations before being examined by a Government Planning Inspector in the spring. The 22nd November referendum will be the final stage in bringing the Plan to fruition.

Dr Bigby continued, “Whilst I and many others would have preferred the Neighbourhood Plan to have been stronger in limiting further housing development in Ashby, unfortunately it is a legal requirement that it does not conflict with strategic policies in the current District Local Plan. Despite these limitations, the Neighbourhood Plan will provide significant additional protection to the Bath Grounds and Ashby’s other parks. It also addresses important issues such as future housing mix for both market and affordable housing, design criteria for new housing and the need for a Masterplan and Design Code for the new Money Hill Development agreed in conjunction with the Town Council.”

The Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds are also pleased to report that they have now received over 7400 signatures for their petition against any house building on the Bath Grounds. This will be presented to the District Council if and when the threatened planning application is eventually submitted.

Santa Fun Run 29th November

Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (621)

The Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle are putting on a Santa Fun Run & Walk starting and finishing on the Bath Grounds on Sunday 29th November. It consists of a 3km run or walk around Ashby de la Zouch dressed as Santa!

 


The main beneficiary of the event will be Hospice Hope, a very worthy local cause. For further information please go to:

 www.ashbysantarun.com

 www.facebook.com/ashbysantarun

 Ashby Santa Fun Run (@AshbySantaRun) | Twitter


Plant Sale on Bath Grounds - Saturday 23rd May 10.00am till 4.00pm

Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2015 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (53)

 We will be raising money for the Hospice Hope Charity and the Friends during this year's Ashby Arts Festival.Our plant sale will rely on the kind donations of the public, local groups and friends to make this a successful event. If you have any plants to donate please contact Clare Birch at [email protected] or tel 07958 232291or you can deliver them between 4 - 7 pm on Fri 22nd May at the Cricket Clubhouse on the Bath Grounds. :)


TWENTY THOUSAND POUND GRANT SECURED FOR FOOTPATH PROJECT

Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the online votes of our members and supporters, we have been awarded one of the District Council's "£20k for 7" grants.

Claire Birch, Secretary and Elaine Robinson, Acting Chair collectied the Friends' "Golden Ticket" from Council Leader Richard Blunt at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 17th December 2014. See the photo on our Projects page 

We still have to raise a further £25000 to make the footpath a reality and the Golden Ticket will only be honoured by the Council when our fund raising reaches another £20k. So the real challenge now begins.

We have recently begun the process of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the rest of the money and will be meeting with them in the New Year to discuss our bid.

 

Royal Hotel Planning Application Approved

Posted by [email protected] on November 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (63)

The plans to build the "leisure pavilion" (commercial development) on the rear of the Royal Hotel car park and the kiosk at he front of the carpark were approved by of the NWLDC planning committee on November 4th 2014. We opposed this Application because of the design and proposed use of the Pavilion and Kiosk though we have no objections to the much needed improvements to the hotel itself. These are long overdue and will enhance Ashby and the Conservation area.

Ashby Town Council Planning Committee objected to this applications on grounds of loss of open space and poor design. However when it came to the District Council Planning Committee, those members of Ashby Town Council who also sit on that Committee all voted in favour of the Royal Hotel Application.

Thankyou to our many supporters who lobbied the District Council Planning Committee and came along to the meeting. We must now work to ensure that the building work is completed as sympathetically as possible for the Bath Grounds with the best materials available. In particular we must ensure that the improvements to the Royal Hotel are actually implemented.


Please lobby the District CouncilPlanning Committee before Tuesday

Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (1)

If you would like to contact one of the councillors on the District Council planning committee to express your concerns/objections before next tuesday, regarding the Leisure Pavillion commercial building - then below are email and telephone contacts. Even if you can't speak to them in person you should be able to leave a message!

It can make a difference and is a powerful way of lobbying .. the Planning Application Number is 14/00104/FULM

 

[email protected] – 01530 459235 /07557 038432

[email protected] - 01530 411643 /07765 251208

[email protected], - 01530 564645

[email protected], - 01530 414300

[email protected] – 01530 223074 / 07854 687629

[email protected] - 01530 452930

[email protected] - 01530 468179

[email protected] - 01530 834597

[email protected] - 01530 01530 832457 / 07976 728003

[email protected] – 01530 415692

[email protected], - 01530 832622 / 07981 500997

[email protected] - 01530 515317 / 07738 461947

[email protected], - 01530 835668

[email protected] - 01530 817544

[email protected] - 01530 222970 / 07762 924720

[email protected] - 01530 831542 / 07989 577847

[email protected], - 01530 459514 / 07773 341531

[email protected] - 01530 564645

[email protected] - 01530 589625