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Houghton on the Hill Parish Council

Main Street, south from the A47, is one of the original village roads containing 17th, 18th and 19th century houses. This view is looking south west towards the War Memorial.

Houghton on the Hill lies six miles east of Leicester on the main A47 Leicester to Uppingham Road. The first mention of Houghton is in the Domesday Book although it is likely there was a settlement here as early as the Bronze Age. The village, which boasts two public houses, two garages, a combined newsagents/Post Office, a pharmacy, a Co-operative store, a hairdresser and a beauty salon as well as a Norman Parish Church and a nineteenth century Methodist Chapel, had until the Second World War been centred on the half mile long Main Street. The construction of four housing developments from the 1950s to the 1980s, however, saw the population triple in size, rising from 662 at the time of 1951 census to 1,524 at the time of the 2011 census.

The Parish Council was established in 1894 with a membership of 5 Councillors and it had the same composition in 1958 although it now has a complement of 7. The Parish Council generally meets every second Thursday of the month at 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Schoolroom in Main Street. Parishioners are welcome to attend and are encouraged to make individual contributions during the informal public participation session.

Latest News

SECTION 106 AGREEMENTS

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:42 by Stephen Derry

National planning law states that housing developers should be required to pay towards the provision of long-term community facilities which the residents of their new dwellings will require. This covers all aspects of a resident's lifetime, play areas, schooling, healthcare, sport and recreation, community buildings, and even burial grounds. (Note the general services to the residents such as rubbish collection are paid for by Council Tax and are outside this requirement). This long-term requirement is defined in planning law, Section 106, and the payments are often referred to as S106 payments. More »

The planning authority, Harborough District Council (HDC), has the responsibility to negotiate and sign a legal agreement for this with the developer as a condition of granting planning permission. For practical reasons, there is a formulaic calculation of the money due, which is based on the number of dwellings, and the number of residents likely to live in them based on the number of bedrooms of each dwelling. This mechanism provides separate sums of money for specific purposes (e.g. education, health, open spaces, sports and recreation, community buildings and burial grounds). This can then be fine-tuned to match the specific circumstances of each development. The money is paid by the developer to the planning authority (HDC) in stages as the build progresses.

HDC then has the responsibility of spending the money for the specific purposes for which it was paid. Some money goes to the County Council for education, health, emergency services etc. Some is spent directly by the planning authority for the services it provides itself. Sums earmarked for facilities within the parish, are held by HDC and advertised as available as grants to organisations within the parish affected by the development. These relate to provision of open-spaces, sports and recreation facilities, community buildings, and burial grounds. If the sums of money are not spent for the purposes for which they were granted, the developer can (and does) claim that the original demand for the money was not justified, and the money has to be returned. You might have seen examples of this in the local press, typically where money was obtained from developers for bus-passes for new residents, and then the bus-passes were never used.

What do we need to do in our parish?

Two separate tasks:

  1. Individual organisations need to assess any community facilities they provide and decide if they will be adequate to cope with the increase in population due to the housing development. If their facility cannot do this, then they need to document the case for this, and send it to HDC (copied to the parish council), who will use the information as justification for their demands on developers while negotiating S106 payments.
  1. When planning applications have been granted (which is now the case for all 3 developments in Houghton) the organisations as above need to monitor the payment of S106 money to HDC and be ready to apply for grants to increase the capability of their facility as it becomes available. The Parish Council will make efforts to maintain its current close links to HDC and to keep the community informed of the availability of S106 grants. HDC policy is to link closely with Parish Councils to maximise the uptake and productive use of the available funding.

As the current housing developments progress, the total sum of S106 money which will become available to our community is estimated to be several hundred-thousand pounds. If this is used wisely, it can make a great contribution to community resources. Currently (at July 2018) none of the S106 funding is yet available to be applied for, but initial payments by Davis for the Winckley Close development have been invoiced by HDC. Organisations eligible for grants should start to draft their applications. Grant application forms are available from the HDC website. » Less

747 Bus Service

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:21 by Stephen Derry

The current subsidy for the 747 service is due to end in early January 2019. Leicestershire County Council has committed to maintaining subsidised bus services until June 2019 but this is subject to Rutland County Council continuing its funding. More »

Recently there was a consultation concerning proposed changes as to how LCC supports passenger transport services in Leicestershire. The results of the consultation should be known in October.

What can you do to help?

The Parish Council is doing its best, but the message is still the same, we must all use the bus whenever possible and try to improve passenger numbers.

If you are able to provide us with information about why the bus is important to you, please complete the short questionnaire.

If you require a WORD version, please email clerk@houghtononthehillpc.org.uk. » Less

Sarah Beeny property makeover series

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:06 by Stephen Derry

Outline Productions is looking for homeowners to take part in a new property makeover series with property guru Sarah Beeny.

Please read the flyer if you might be interested.