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St George’s Barracks – Time for Action

St George’s Barracks – Time for Action

Posted: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:01 by Norman Milne

RCC will shortly be making major decisions about the St George's Barracks development. On 26th November 2018 they will consider an application for Housing Infrastructure Funds that will be used to pay for some of the infrastructure developments needed, if they are to build a new town in the heart of the County. Once this bid is submitted, the process will be underway and will develop a momentum that will be impossible to stop. If you do not support the proposal to build a new town on our doorstep, we need your help to influence the outcome. Now is the "Time for Action". How can you help? More »

WRITE LETTERS to every Rutland County Councillor – Tell them what you think

ATTEND the meeting at Catmose on Monday 26th November at 7pm

ASK QUESTIONS at the meeting on 26th November. We will shortly be writing to all residents explaining how they can help to influence the decision and providing details of how to contact all County Councillors and offer some of the issues that you may wish to address.

If you do nothing, this huge development that may take 40+ years to complete will be foist upon the County, with no regard to the impact on the lives of you and your families. » Less

St George’s Barracks – Presentation to RCC Scrutiny Panel

St George’s Barracks – Presentation to RCC Scrutiny Panel

Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:07 by Norman Milne

On 11th October 2017, Paul Cummings (Chair NLPC) representing the SGB Advisory Group gave a presentation to the RCC Special Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Panel. The aim of the presentation was to highlight the concerns of of the villagers of North Luffenham, Edith Weston, Ketton, South Luffenham, Manton, Empingham and Normanton and to try to show the County Council some of the significant and unresolved flaws in their proposals to build a new town of 1,500 to 3,770 homes (a town larger than Uppingham) and a huge limestone quarry on the existing St George's Barracks site. A copy of the presentation is attached. More »

On 26th November 2018, The County Council will be considering an application to the Government (Department of Housing Communities and Local Government) for Housing Infrastructure Funds (HIF). We are concerned that such an application will inevitably lead to a Planning Application in 2019 to develop the site. Once this process has started in November it will be very difficult, and indeed probably impossible to stop. The proposals will see the site being turned into a massive construction site which could take up to 40 years to complete. It is the view of local Parish Councils that there remain many unresolved objections both as to principle and procedure. We believe that the current proposals are totally unsuitable for St George's Barracks and that the County Council have isolated themselves and lost the confidence of those most affected and indeed much of the County. We believe RCC has an obligation to hear, diligently listen to and act upon the views, hopes and aspirations of its communities.

As noted in the conclusion to our presentation, "If the current proposal is the only one on the table, it deserves to be rejected out of hand. If a genuine root and branch alternative is considered possible, we trust you (RCC) will take our views into account from the outset, we stand ready to work together to find a solution that is Right for Rutland."

Village Response to Local Plan Consultation

Village Response to Local Plan Consultation

Posted: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:43 by Norman Milne

It has taken a considerable effort to research, prepare and write responses to the RCC Local Plan Consultation on a very inappropriate deadline. Almost without exception the entire village has responded in huge detail to the outline plan from RCC. It took a long time to complete forms and I for one found it very challenging to complete in 'plannerish'

On behalf of the Parish Council I would like to thank all of those involved. You have been many and it would be wrong to highlight anyone. You know who you are and I have been honoured to work with so many concerned residents and advisors to the consultation far and wide. More »

As a corollary there have been many new friendships and a real team effort feel with all concerned.