Policy SS4 

South Melton Mowbray Sustainable Neighbourhood

Melton Borough Council will work in partnership with developers and delivery partners to deliver the South Melton Mowbray Sustainable Neighbourhood (SSN) identified as a strategic development location on the Policies Map. The Sustainable Neighbourhood will provide:



h1: 2,000 homes (of which 1,700 will be delivered before 2036), 15% of which should be affordable subject to viability; 

h2: Homes of a range of tenures, types and sizes in accordance with Policy C2;

Extra care housing to meets the needs of our ageing population in accordance with Policies C2, C3 and C8.



em1: 20 hectares of employment land for B1 (business) B2 (general industrial) and B8 (storage and distribution) uses to expand and enhance the existing Leicester Road Business Park.


Community facilities

c1: A new primary school (2.5 hectares) as part of a local centre and financial contributions towards secondary education, to meet the identified need for school places; and

c2: An accessible local centre to serve the needs of the residents of the development including:

  • A: A parade of shops providing up to 400 sq.m (net) of A1 (retail)

  • B: Up to 400 sq.m (net) of other ‘A2 – A5 class’ uses;

  • C: Small-scale employment opportunities (including B1 (a) office uses); and

  • D: A range of appropriate non-retail and community facilities and services (including community hall and medical services).



t1: A comprehensive package of transport improvements informed by an appropriate transport assessment including:

  • A: A strategic road link connecting the A606 to the A607 forming part of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road as part of a wider agreed scheme; and

  • B: Measures to mitigate the short and medium term impacts of development on the existing transport network where adverse impacts are identified.

  • C: New and enhanced bus services connecting the development with the Town Centre and local employment opportunities;

t2: Measures that seek to achieve a modal shift away from private car use including:

  • A: frequent bus service from the site into Melton Mowbray Town Centre and local employment opportunities with accessible bus stops which are less than 400 metres walk from all new residents;

  • B: well-connected street patterns and walkable neighbourhoods providing high quality, safe and direct walking, cycling and public transport routes including links using the green infrastructure network;

  • C: the retention of existing and provision of new walking, cycling and road connections within Melton Mowbray, to town centre facilities, and to existing and new employment and education services; and

  • D: provision of a Travel Plan for new residents which includes measures to encourage the use of public transport, as part of a wider travel plan.



en1: Protection of the separate identities of Burton Lazars and Eye Kettleby in accordance with Policy EN4 and respond to settlement fringe sensitivity in accordance with Policy EN1 to create a locally distinctive development and an improved town edge, with particular regard to the ridgeline to the south of Melton Mowbray that separates the visual connection between Melton Mowbray and Burton Lazars;


en2: Protection and enhancement of important areas of bio-diversity (habitats and species), in accordance with Policy EN2, including:

  • A: Protection and enhancement to the existing wildlife corridors and, where appropriate, provide new corridors to create a coherent network of biodiversity and green infrastructure, specifically the River Wreake tributaries and the Edendale Brook; and

  • B: Establish a protection zone between the River Eye SSSI and any future development; and


en3: Protection and enhancement of historic and archaeological features in accordance with Policy EN13; high quality, sensitive design to mitigate the impact of the development including the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road on the setting of St Mary and St Lazarus Hospital Scheduled Ancient Monument, connecting green links within the development to the wider landscape setting of the monument, and contributions towards improvements in the public understanding of its value.


en4: Provide a network of new high quality multi-functional green spaces in accordance with the Council’s open space standards set out in policy EN7;


en5: Provision of, or contributions towards, sports pitches and indoor leisure facilities in the town, in accordance with the Playing Pitch Strategy and emerging Indoor Facilities Assessment (see Policy EN7);


en6: Encourage developers to provide a development that compiles with building regulations for energy efficiency and carbon emissions, and to seek 10% of houses that obtain energy from renewable sources;


en7: Buildings and spaces which are adaptable to future climatic conditions including extremes of temperature, drought and flooding;


en8: Development that provides appropriate SuDS and flood alleviation measures in accordance with the Melton South assessment in the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment. Areas of the MSSN that are at higher risk of flooding shall not be used for built development; and


en9: Protection and enhancement of water quality.


Master planning and delivery

A master plan, including a phasing and delivery plan, should be prepared and agreed in advance of, or as part of, submission of a planning application for the Melton South Sustainable Neighbourhood (SSN). In order to achieve a comprehensive approach, the master plan should be prepared for the whole SSN including the adjacent employment site. It will set out in detail the structure and development concepts of the SSN to include, amongst other things:


m1: The amount, distribution and location of proposed land uses alongside a timetable for their delivery;


m2: Important environmental features, including high grade agricultural land and biodiversity sites, and heritage assets that are to be protected;


m3: Areas of green infrastructure and green space (including important strategic green gaps to be protected); and,


m4: Areas of new landscaping;


m5: Design which performs well against Building for Life 12 and seeks to develop the principles of 'Active Design', in accordance with Policy D1.


The SSN master plan will be prepared in consultation with key stakeholders. Planning permission will not normally be granted for the SSN until a comprehensive master plan has been completed to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.


The Local Planning Authority will monitor compliance of the delivery of the SSN in accordance with the agreed master plan and delivery timetable. Where slippage against the agreed delivery timetable in excess of 1 year is identified, the Local Planning Authority will review the master plan and delivery timetable with partners to ensure sustainable development is delivered in accordance with the Policy.


Subsequent development shall be in accordance with the master plan and agreed design codes.