Markfield Neighbourhood Development Plan

Making of the Plan

Following an independent examination and a positive referendum result (referendum held 9 September 2021), the borough council has decided to formally 'make' the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan. This neighbourhood plan now forms part of the development plan for Hinckley and Bosworth, with its policies given full weight when assessing planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

Download the final decision statement: Regulation 19 Statement Making of the Plan May 2021 (PDF)

Download the final 'made' plan: Markfield Neighbourhood Plan Made September 2021 (PDF)


Following the publication of the Decision Statement (Regulation 18) by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan proceeded to referendum. This took place on Thursday, 9 September 2021.

The question asked in the referendum was ‘Do you want Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Markfield Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The referendum area was identical to the area which has been designated as the Markfield Neighbourhood Area. Households within the neighbourhood area were eligible to vote, but please note this did not include some properties within the Field Head area of Markfield. The properties outside of the designated area, and therefore ineligible to vote, are listed below.

Addresses not eligible to vote in Markfield Neighbourhood Plan Referendum:

  • Charnwood Drive: All
  • Countryman Way: 22, 24
  • Jacqueline Road: All
  • Leicester Road: Odds 119-329, Evens 228-336, Charnwood Court
  • Markfield Lane: All
  • Link Rise: continuous 1-8
  • Ratby Lane: Odds 9-39, Evens 4-40, 42
  • The Pinfold: 6, 7, 8

Specified documents for the referendum:

Further information on the referendum can be found in the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan referendum information statement (PDF)

Decision Statement (Regulation 18)

As required by the neighbourhood planning regulations, a decision statement (Regulation 18) has been published. This outlines what action the borough council will take in response to the recommendations made by the Independent Examiner:

Examiner’s report

The examination of the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan was undertaken by Mr Chris Collison and concluded on 28th May 2021. The Examiner's report is available to view now:


Following the publicity and consultation stage, all comments have been forwarded to the Neighbourhood Plan Examiner appointed by the Local Planning Authority and Markfield Parish Council.

The examination into the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan is currently taking place, and the Examiner has issued his formal commencement of the examination. You can find the Examiner's initial letter below:

The Regulation 16 responses are published here: regulation 16 submission consultation responses

If the examination results in a positive response either to proceed to referendum with or without modifications, the council will seek to proceed to the public referendum stage as soon as is reasonably practical.

Examination documents

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Monday, 3 May 2021

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Markfield Neighbourhood Plan submission documents

The submission consultation took place between Wednesday 10 February 2021 and 5pm on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

You can view the neighbourhood plan and supporting documents below or visit Markfield Neighbourhood Plan (

All documents relating to the strategic environmental assessment screening report and habitat regulations assessment decision, which were submitted by Markfield Parish Council during a previous stage of the NDP, can be found below.

Strategic environmental assessment screening determination

The purpose of a screening statement is to set out a screening opinion in relation to whether a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) process is required to accompany the development of a neighbourhood plan. The Borough Council has issued a SEA screening opinion report and determination in relation to the draft Markfield Neighbourhood Plan. The screening determination is that a strategic environmental assessment and habitat regulations assessment of the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan is not required due to there being no adverse comments from the statutory consultation bodies and for the reasons set out in the Markfield strategic environmental assessment screening report:

For more information on the Markfield Neighbourhood Development Plan, including how you can get involved, please contact the parish clerk via email or phone on 07989 169044 or 01530 245933.

Privacy statement

The personal data you have supplied to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council during this consultation period will be processed in accordance with Article 6(1)(e) of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Together with your comments, it will be used as part of the statutory plan making process and will be available for public inspection. Signatures, email addresses and telephone numbers will be removed before disclosure as a matter of course. We cannot provide anonymity or accept comments marked ‘private or confidential’ and comments that include offensive, racist, discriminatory, threatening and other non-relevant statements will be destroyed.

Last updated: 04/01/2024 11:29