Wistow cum Newton Harcourt Parish Meeting

Serving the people of Wistow and Newton Harcourt

Clerk: Graham Handsley
2 The Square, , Newton
Harcourt, Leicester LE8 9FQ

Tel: 0116 259 0057

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Wistow and Newton Harcourt Parish Meeting is, in a sense, the conduit for local services provided by Harborough District Council and Leicestershire County Council. We also have the mandate to raise a small amount of money each year, for inclusion in the annual Council Tax, but which sum, called the precept, is entirely for the benefit of the two villages. The decision on amount and usage is taken at a Parish Meeting after public discussion. Our prime responsibility though is endeavouring to assist in ensuring our villages remain ideal places to live and work.

Our Parish Meetings are open to all residents and are held four times a year in Newton Harcourt Reading Room. Dates are on the website. We do hope you will feel able to attend and take the opportunity to put forward matters of interest/concern to you. It will also be a chance to learn of current village activities from the various village groupssuch as, for example, the Friends of Newton Harcourt, the Parochial Church Council, WI etc etc. There is also an opportunity to question our local Harborough District Councillor.

We certainly hope you will enjoy our new website and most importantly, that it gives you information that you might require.Search and browse the site for the information you need and please feel free to contact us with any suggested improvements.

Latest News

Planning Changes at Harborough

Posted: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:42 by Graham Handsley

Planning Changes at Harborough DC

Apologies for the length of this one, I have just copied exactly what has been sent through to me for your information.

Dear Parishes

Please see below an update regarding the changes made to HDC's planning procedures and Planning Committee, decided by District Councillors at Full Council last night. More »

The District Council has revised its planning procedures to adopt a more efficient approach and bring the Council in line with other planning authorities.

At a meeting of Full Council held on 30 July 2018, Councillors agreed that from 4 September 2018, the size of Harborough District Council's planning committee will be reduced from 12 Councillors to 9 Councillors. This reflects changes made by the Boundary Commission for England, following public consultation, to reduce the total number of Harborough district councillors at the next election. The planning committee will remain cross-party with the political make up being 7/2 in favour of the ruling party.

Councillors also agreed to changes to the Scheme of Delegation for planning applications. The headline changes are set out below. Any application which was received and valid prior to today (31/7/2018) will continue to be considered under the old Scheme of Delegation, and as such, remains subject to the 7 letter of counter representation trigger to go to Planning Committee. Any application received from today onwards shall be considered under the revised scheme of delegation.

  • The following applications can not be called in to Planning Cttee by a Councillor (Advertisement Consents; Prior Notifications and Prior Approvals, hedgerow removal Notices; Tree works applications; High Hedge applications; County Matters applications and Screening and Scoping requests)
  • Applications for 25 or more dwellings and for commercial floor space of 10,0002 metres or more
  • There is no letter of objection trigger for applications to go to Planning Cttee
  • Members of the public can request that a Councillor "call in" an application to be considered by Planning Cttee. To do this, they should first address a Ward Councillor for the area where the application is located. If the Ward Councillor is not available, they should approach an adjoining Ward Councillor, with an approach to the Chair of the Planning Committee being the final option. Any request by a Councillor for an application to be called in to Planning Committee must be informed by sound planning reasons, and as such, it is important that the customer provide adequate information to the Councillor in order to inform their judgement as to whether or not to request a call in to Planning Committee

There are other slight amendments to the Scheme of Delegation, but these do not substantively alter the previous Scheme of Delegation

Finally, Councillors also agreed to amend the Public Speaking arrangements for Planning Committee. As of 4th September Planning Committee, Public Speaking arrangements for Planning Cttee will be amended to the following:

Speakers will be able to address the Planning Committee for up to 3 minutes as a representative of the following

  • An objector to a proposal (Maximum of 3 Speakers or the same amount of time as allowed for supporters, whichever is the greater);
  • A supporter of a proposal (including the applicant/agent) (Maximum of 3 Speakers or the same amount of time as allowed for objectors, whichever is the greater);
  • A representative of the Parish Council / Parish Meeting / Town Council / another body (i.e. Market Harborough Civic Society) within which the site is located;
  • A Ward Councillor(s) (maximum of 5 minutes each);

If a member of the public would like to speak at a Planning Committee meeting or present a petition they must request to do so in writing by 12noon not less then 2 working days before the meeting (for example, if the Planning Committee is on a Tuesday and the day before is a bank holiday you must submit your request by 12noon on the previous Thursday). You can email planning@harborough.gov.uk ensuring that your email contains the application number, your name and contact details and an indication of the topic area you wish to discuss. Requests to speak will not be accepted until the date of publication of the relevant Planning Committee agenda and request will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Requests to speak will not be accepted after this deadline.

If more than the allocated number of speakers register to speak, a representative of the relevant group needs to be chosen and nominated to address the Committee on behalf of the group. In order to facilitate this, contact details will need to be provided at the stage of registration. Failure to arrange this beforehand may forfeit the right to speak and speaking slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. » Less

Votes for Women Arts Project

Posted: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:41 by Graham Handsley

Votes for Women Arts ProjectPeople are being invited to have their say on proposals for an exciting piece of art celebrating 100 years since women were granted the right to vote.Harborough District Council is commissioning a piece of art to mark the centenary and wants residents' views on the three striking and varied suggestions put forward by three artists – namely Derek Hunt, Michelle McKinney and Danielle Vaughan.The artwork will eventually take pride of place in The Symington Building in Market Harborough. More »

Have your say via the Council's website at www.harborough.gov.uk/artwork up until 12 August 2018 or view the artists' exhibition at The Symington Building (near reception) in Market Harborough. » Less


Posted: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:40 by Graham Handsley


This is the South and East Leicestershire Action Group which has just been set up to fight the proposals for an expressway around the eastern and southern parts of Leicestershire. Fortunately, Mike Lockwood from Newton Harcourt is active in the Group and has already got a meeting with the local MP arranged. It is still very early days and SELAG will be putting together a website and sending out flyers. Meanwhile if you feel so minded the link to the online petition they have setup is: More »