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North West Leicestershire is a local government district in Leicestershire, England. The population of the Local Authority at the 2011 census was 93,348.[1] Its main towns are Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville.

North West Leicestershire District
Shown within Leicestershire
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyLeicestershire
Admin. HQCoalville
 • TypeNorth West Leicestershire District Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MP:Andrew Bridgen (Con)
 • Total107.8 sq mi (279.3 km2)
Area rank140th
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total102,126
 • RankRanked 234th
 • Density950/sq mi (370/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code31UH (ONS)
E07000134 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.8% White

The district contains East Midlands Airport, which operates flights to the rest of Britain and to various places in Europe. It is also notable as the location of Castle Donington and Donington Park, a grand-prix circuit and a major venue for music festivals.

The district is represented in the UK Parliament by the constituency of the same name.

The area has a long history of mineral extraction, with coal, brick clay, gravel and granite amongst the products. All the deep coal mines in the area have closed, but opencast mining still continues.

The district was formed in 1974 by a merger of Ashby de la Zouch Urban District, Ashby Woulds Urban District, Coalville Urban District, Ashby de la Zouch Rural District, Castle Donington Rural District and Ibstock from the Market Bosworth Rural District.


Like many other shire districts, authority over North West Leicestershire is shared between the district council and the county council. Areas of responsibility of the district council include local planning, building control, council housing, refuse collection, recycling, and some leisure services and parks.

The district council is currently controlled by 38 councillors who are elected every four years; the last election took place in May 2015[2] and saw the Conservatives hold on to control with an increased majority of 12 seats. The current political make-up of the council is as follows:[3]

Political party Seats Current Council (2015–2020)
  Conservative 25                                                  
  Labour 9                    
  Independent 3        
  Liberal Democrat 1    

The council has a five-member executive known as the Cabinet[4] which is made up of councillors who have special responsibilities and power. As the Conservatives won overall control of the council in 2007, they hold all of the seats on the cabinet.

Position Councillor Ward represented
Leader of the Council   Cllr Richard Blunt Appleby
Deputy Leader   Cllr Alison Smith Daleacre Hill
Portfolio Holder for Community Services
Portfolio Holder for Housing   Cllr Roger Bayliss Ashby Holywell
Portfolio Holder for Business   Cllr Tony Gillard Holly Hayes
Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning   Cllr Trevor Pendleton Kegworth
Corporate Portfolio Holder   Cllr Nicholas Rushton Long Whatton and Diseworth


Human GeographyEdit

Population growth in North West Leicestershire
Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2016 2021 2031
Population 64,892 65,615 71,671 78,048 80,550 85,485 93,348 98,600 101,500 107,000
Census [6] ONS [7] ONS Projections [8]

North West Leicestershire has experienced steady population growth in recent times as the district balances the agro-rural economy with the end of labour intensive deep coal-mining. Alternative employment opportunities exist within the district in the services and distributive sectors, together with local or nearby manufacturing and extractive/transformative/construction industries. The lack of rail services to/from Leicester, Loughborough and other nearby centres limits access for employment, commerce and leisure to a road journey that competes with freight and heavy-haulage vehicles especially to the south and east.


Donington Hall, headquarters of Norton Motorcycles, formerly of BMI

Since 2013 Norton Motorcycles has its head office in Donington Hall, Castle Donington.[9] BMI (British Midland), an airline, was headquartered in Donington Hall.[10] The airline moved its headquarters to Donington Hall in 1982.[11] The subsidiary bmibaby also had its head office in Donington Hall.[12]

Prior to its disestablishment, Excalibur Airways had its head office on the grounds of East Midlands Airport in Castle Donington.[13] Prior to its disestablishment, Orion Airways had its head office on the grounds of East Midlands Airport.[14]

In 2011 Coalfield Resources plc were given permission to develop an opencast coal mining pit on the site of the former Minorca colliery between Measham and Swepstone on a seam which will be 1 mi (1.6 km) across and extract 1,250,000 tonnes (1,380,000 tons) of coal over five years, and 250,000 tonnes (280,000 tons) of clay.[15]


  1. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  2. ^ North West Leicestershire District Council election, 2015 results, North West Leicestershire District Council website
  3. ^ Council makeup, North West Leicestershire District Council website
  4. ^ Cabinet makeup, North West Leicestershire District Council website
  5. ^ "Parish Map of North West Leicestershire". Leicestershire County Council. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  6. ^ Vision of Britain through time
  7. ^ mid year estimate
  8. ^ ONS population projections 2014 base / projections uplifted by '21-1,700/'31-1,600 given underestimation at 2016 - 1,700/
  9. ^ The Wire (16 March 2013). "Historic Donington Hall to serve as Norton Motorcycles New World Headquarters and Manufacturing Facilities". Cycle World. Bonnier Corp. Retrieved 17 April 2013. Where else in the world can one tour an 18th century Gothic Revival mansion, view a Norton Motorcycle being built, watch a World Superbike race and attend an Iron Maiden concert all in the same place?
  10. ^ "Contact us Archived 2008-11-02 at the Wayback Machine." BMI. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  11. ^ "the eighties Archived 2012-06-10 at the Wayback Machine." British Midland International. Retrieved on 28 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Company Information." bmibaby. Retrieved on 31 December 2011. "Registered office - Donington Hall Castle Donington Derby East Midlands DE74 2SB UK"
  13. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 24–30 March 1993. "91.
  14. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 29 March 1986. 114.
  15. ^ "Leicestershire opencast coal mine gains approval" BBC News

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