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Information meeting with Aldi re proposed new store

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On Wednesday 5th July, committee members from Haddon Way Residents Association (HWRA), Shelthorpe Community Association (SCA) and the Grange Park Centre Project (GPC) were invited to a closed meeting with Aldi to discuss the planning application (P/17/0942/2) for a new store on Allendale Road . We were not formally supporting or opposing the planning application, rather obtaining further information and presenting some of the concerns or comments residents have expressed to each of the groups represented.

The following notes were made during the meeting:

  • Aldi have been in the Uk for 27 years. They are on an expansion programme and aim to have 1000 stores by 2022.
  • They consider a store catchment area to include approx. 25,000 people.
  • Loughborough has a population of approx. 50,000 people, therefore they would consider this to be a 2 store town.
  • They have not purchased the land but have an option on it pending planning approval and other legal matters
  • The deal with Costa or similar hot food takeaway unit is equally subject to planning approval
  • Within the planning application they are requesting this unit has trading hours of 5am to 11pm
  • The Belton Road store with its new extension is 1140 square metres and includes 110 car park spaces
  • The new store on Ling Road will be 1254 square metres and will include 199 car park spaces.
  • Proposed trading hours are Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • All deliveries come direct from Aldi main distribution warehouse. They suggested there would be 3 to 4 deliveries per day, the first at 7am and the last at 5pm
  • The side of the site adjoining the new Chimes housing development would have a 2m high acoustic fence but the store and delivery vehicles would stand above this fence
  • To the Ling Road and Allendale Road elevations, Aldi are proposing to reduce the height of the existing curb side hedge to 1.5m
  • Three units are proposed to have a variety of uses under planning categories i.e. hot food takeaway, coffee shop, financial services, vets etc.
  • Night time security would be via lighting and cctv. Lighting would be active 7.45pm to 10.15pm. They are also proposing removable bollards to stop vehicle access out of hours.
  • They expect the planning approval to go to committee and would look for a decision towards the end of 2017 with construction in 2018
  • We discussed traffic issues and vehicle access issues at some length. Aldi suggested that they had carried out studies which showed only a very small increase in traffic to the Allendale Road/Ling Roard roundabout. However, it was difficult to accept this statement taking on board the present traffic issues and the increased traffic that would be inevitable from this development.
  • It was also pointed out that Allendale Road is the only exit south of Grange Park and if there was serious traffic or an accident the estate could become log-jammed. We do not believe that Aldi can address the potential traffic issues with the size/layout of the road/roundabout in this location

The planning application closes for comments on the 12th July 2017.

Aggregate on Haddon Way

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You may have noticed that some of the roads near to Haddon Way appear to have gained a building aggregate over the past 24hours. It appears to have been a lorry visiting the new housing development on the Grange Vale estate. We would warn drivers to be careful as the road surface is very slippery, and already there has been an accident on the corner with Haddon Way.


Aggregate dropped on Haddon Way

Repairs to the HWRA noticeboard

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Noticeboard repairsThe HWRA noticeboard, located on Haddon Way by the postbox, was paid for with funds donated by the Loughborough Building Society a number of years ago.   It’s purpose is to promote local community events happening or update information which you may otherwise not hear about.

We’ve recently been carrying out some maintenance on the door and frame as a result of wood warping. This has been completed today, and we’ve painted another coat of varnish to prevent further warping before the Autumn rains arrive.

If you are organising local events, please do let us know and we will happily include fliers on the noticeboard.

The Haddon Way Residents Association is run by a handful of volunteers. We are looking for more people to help keep the association running. Please do get in touch – all help is gratefully received!

Bloors housing development – Outline planning decision

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CBC_logoCharnwood Plans Committee Meeting to decide the outcome of the proposed Bloor Home development (application No. P/14/0641/2) was held on the  Thursday 14th August, in the Victoria Room at Loughborough Town Hall. Planning Officers had already recommended approval of the application.

Bob Newnham spoke on behalf of the residents, along with Counsellor Robert Sharp, putting the strong case for the rejection of the application.

The decision was reached on the evening that the development should be refused. Full details of the decision were published on the CBC website on the 22nd August. A summary of the decision is included below :

Whilst it is acknowledged that the Council does not have sufficient housing land available to meet housing needs for a five year period and that there is a presumption in favour of sustainable development, the cumulative detrimental impact of the development does not outweigh the benefit secured by the additional supply of housing land and the development is considered to be unsustainable.

The cumulative detrimental impacts are considered to be the remoteness of the site from local services and facilities, lack of good access to existing public transport systems which would help to reduce car use and failure to protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the landscape.

Taken together, the proposal would cause cumulative impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefit of the development meeting the Borough’s housing supply shortfall.

The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims of paragraphs 6, 7, 14, 17, 34 and 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework and does not therefore constitute sustainable development. The proposal is also contrary to policies CS1 and CS11 of the Charnwood Local Plan Core Strategy 2006 – 2028, and policies ST/1, ST/2, EV/18, CT/2, TR/6, RT/4 and RT/12 of the Borough of Charnwood Local Plan 2004, with weight being given to such policies according to their consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Residents protest at proposed Bloors housing development

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Residents protest at proposed housing developmentThis morning at 11am, residents met at the fields leading to the Outwoods to protest about a new proposed housing development for the area.

65 local residents and their families from the Haddon Way estate and adjoining housing estates joined with the Haddon Way Residents Association to protest against the Bloors housing development of 100 houses on the fields off Laburnum Way / Corydalis Close.

Design and access statementThe protest meeting coincides with the next Charnwood Plans Committee meeting being held on Thursday at 5pm on 14th August at the Victoria Room, Loughborough Town Hall. A number of planning applications will be discussed including the Bloors development P/14/0641/2 .

Below are a number of direct links to the planning application documents :

Site location plan

Planning statement

Design and access statement

We would encourage residents to attend this meeting to demonstrate their objections. Only one representative will be able to speak at the meeting, but a visible demonstration of those opposing the application will help to show the level of opposition.


Community fun day – 25th January

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On 25th January your local beat team and Charnwood Borough Council’s Community Safety Team are hosting a community event at Outwoods Edge Primary School, 12.30 – 3.30pm. It will be an opportunity for residents to speak to their local officers, pick up community safety tips and tools along with activities and games for children.

Within the Haddon Way estate, since April 2013, there have been 90 incidents of vehicle crime. 75.5% of these incidents were thefts from vehicles which were left insecure (doors unlocked) on roads and driveways. For more specific information on incidents within your area please visit and put in your Postcode.

Charnwood’s Community Safety Partnership is a local multi-agency partnership working together to tackle crime and disorder. The partnership are regularly developing new initiatives as well as delivering preventative work in order to tackle and reduce further offending across Charnwood.

As a result of these incidents; increased Police patrols are also now taking place throughout the day and night across the estate in order to disrupt any further offending.

For more information please contact your local officers on the details below:

  • Haddon Way Residents Association (
  • Street watch (
  • Sally Penney, Community Safety Officer, Charnwood Borough Council  (01509 634522)
  • Loughborough South Beat Team

PC 4430 Anna Lynn

PCSO 6673 Lee Rocket

PCSO 6030 Craig Miller

We have recently been given the vehicle crime figures for Beat 8 – which covers Haddon Way, Grange Park and Shelthorpe Heights areas. The information has been gathered since April 2013, and breaks down into a number of different area :

Insecure on the street – 8 (11%)
Insecure on driveway – 52 (70%)
Break Glass/Force Door – 7 (9%)
Both Number Plates – 2 (3%)
Single Number plate – 2 (3%)
Catalytic Convertor – 2 (3%)
External – 1 (1%)

The majority of the report crimes above, occurred on the Grange Park and Shelthorpe Heights areas. We have also seen an increase in thefts from vehicles on the Haddon Way estate. We are urging people to make sure their vehicles are secure before leaving unattended. Also make sure house doors are also secure. The police have increased patrols in the area, however we can greatly reduce crime figures by doing our part.

Harrow Estates and The Helen Cope Trust have submitted an application to build up to 170 houses on 10.6 hectares of land adjacent to Nanpantan Sports ground in the fields leading towards the Outwoods, which extends to within one field of Jubilee Wood – a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). LSWAG will be mounting a very vigorous campaign against this development, which will totally destroy an area of particularly attractive countryside.

LSWAG is opposed to this proposal on the grounds that it is contrary to the emerging Local Development Plan, is unnecessary in this location, will destroy an area of particularly attractive countryside, will have a major impact on traffic and will hasten the development of a bypass linking J23 of the M1 with the A6 at Quorn. They urge residents to write to our councillors, the Charnwood Borough Planning Department and Nicky Morgan MP. Application No. P/13/1711/2


Charnwood Borough Council is poised to adopt the Linear Park and the estate has also seen the recent addition of some shiny new Waste Bins!

For more details about these stories please click the link!

CBC Adoption of Linear Park

You may have noticed that the open ground area along the side of Allendale Road ending at Main Street in Woodthorpe, has recently been cleared and tidied up by William Davis. This is in preparation for the forthcoming adoption of the area of open ground by CBC. As part of their new ownership of this area we met with Tim Adkin, CBC Access to Nature Officer, who explained their very exciting plans for the area. Tim and a group of volunteers, bolstered by residents from Grange Park, planted wild flower seeds on the large grassed meadow area and this is just the beginning.
Keep an eye on this page for more exiting events happening in the Linear Park.

New Waste Bins

In anticipation of CBC adoption of Linear Park we have been discussing the necessity for waste (especially dog waste) bins in and around the area. We hope that you have noticed that 3 brand new waste bins have been positioned within the area over the last few weeks. These will be maintained and emptied by CBC (Serco) as part of their maintenance programme.
Please make use of these bins to keep this excellent open area clean and tidy for all the residents and none residents who enjoy this area so much

Park Grange FarmThe derelict farmhouse on Newstead Way has had a planning application made for redevelopment. We are still waiting to hear the outcome by Planning. In the meantime you can monitor the progress of the application using Planning Explorer. Search for application no. P/12/2301/2