Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

A Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been formed and is meeting every two weeks and aims to produce a Neighbourhood Plan in a years time. The Plan is essentially a planning document for the whole parish and if adopted will have legal status. This could be important for the village in helping us to influence the development of St. George’s Barracks if the proposal goes ahead as planned.

Residents will be informed via the website and newsletters as to progress and there will also be open meetings with the aim of consulting on the structure and content of the plan.

Members of the Steering Group are listed below and can be contacted by email for more information and would welcome at any stage comments, suggestions, ideas  and any offers of help.

Tim Smith

Charles Cade

Alan Arnott

Malcolm Forbes

Penny Forbes

Tracey Barsby

Pete Burrows

Tim Collins

John Willoughby

North Luffenham Garden Club

Our next meeting is this Thursday 13th February at 7.30pm in the Community Centre, when we welcome back speaker Mike Davey on ‘Vegetables and Allotments’.  
At meetings we have a guest speaker, refreshments and a raffle, and sometimes plants for sale. Annual membership is £15 per person, payable at the meeting or £3 per guest. Everyone is most welcome to come along to any meeting – feel free to attend just one that is of particular interest (though hopefully you’ll want to attend more!).

Reconvened Local Plan Meeting at R.C.C.

A lively council meeting was held on the 27th January at R.C.C. to approve the pre submission of the Local Plan. There were interesting amendments to the proposal that the Local Plan be adopted and as a result the meeting has had to be reconvened for Monday 10th February 7.00 pm at R.C.C..

It is an important meeting as, if adopted it has profound implications for the county and, in particular North Luffenham and Edith Weston. As it is a reconvened meeting no deputations or questions are allowed but it does help if members of the public attend as it demonstrates concern about the implications of the Local Plan.

Please attend if you are able.

Litter Pick

The Parish Council has been asked to organise a litter pick and this has been arranged for Saturday February 15th. If you would like to take part than please come to the car park of The Fox 10.30 – 11 am.

The Parish Council has some litter pickers, high viz tabards and bin bags but if you have these items please bring them along. Make sure you are dressed for whatever the weather is forecast to be and wear protective gloves.

Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. Good safety advice can be found on the following sites:,

Chater Bowls Club Annual Dinner

Chater Bowls Club held its annual dinner on Friday 31st January at the Morcott Country Lounge Restaraunt.

Presentaions were made to Brian Edwards who won the Singles Trophy and to Carol Bates & Richard Chown, who won the Pairs competition.

Chater Bowls Club will be commencing the summer season around early May and will continue to play through to September. If you wish to try your hand at outdoor bowling at “Rutland’s Friendliest Club” please contact Alan Costello via email at

Primary School Cleaner Vacancy

St Mary & ST John C.E.V.A. Primary School, North Luffenham
are seeking an exceptional

5.00 hours per week (1 hour a day between 3.30pm – 6.00pm)
Term Time Only
Salary Range: £9 per hour
Start Date: ASAP

We are looking for someone special to…

• Clean the new Pre-School room to the highest standard;
• Clean Staff room and staff toilets;
• Other cleaning duties that may arise.

We can offer….

• A wonderful thriving school – Happy, polite, kind and caring children;
• An exciting and challenging opportunity to work as part of friendly, passionate and driven team;
• Opportunities for continued professional development;
• A consistently “Good” school (Ofsted 2018);
• An “Excellent” rated Church school (SIAMS 2019).

Our successful candidate will be:

• Able to demonstrate a calm and patient manner;
• Supremely professional with a good sense of humour, boundless energy, bags of enthusiasm and drive, who can work both independently and as part of our wider dedicated staff team.

For further details and an application form please contact Rachel Wheatley on
01780 720184 or email
Closing date for applications – Friday 7 February 2020
Interviews to be held on Monday 10 February 2020

Planning Application 2020/0097/FUL

PROPOSAL: To erect a pent roof concrete garage on a concrete base on the drive
parallel with the front of the house.
29 Ancaster Way North Luffenham Rutland LE15 8LH

An application for the above proposal has been received by the Local Planning Authority and
you are invited to submit your comments by 20 February 2020. The details of the application
are available to view on our website 2020/0097/FUL.

Dog Fouling On The Increase Again!

With the dark mornings and evenings there appears to be a rash of dog fouling on the pavements along Church Street. Please be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your pet. If walking your dog in the dark please keep your dog on a lead and carry a torch – always carry bags and ensure that any mess is cleared up immediately.

Perhaps better known as dog roundworm the embryonated eggs of which can be ingested by humans causing disease called toxocariasis. Young children are particularly at risk as it is picked up by ingestion of eggs from infected dog faeces. It is fortunately rare but rare things do happen. Dog mess is not only unpleasant but a potential source of an unpleasant infection.

The vast majority of dog owners conscientiously clean up after their dogs and please continue to be vigilant when walking your dog. If users of The Oval see an infringement please continue to challenge and point out that there are bins provided.

Thank you.

SGB Development

A Crucial point where your County needs YOU!!
On Monday 20th January and Monday 27th January 2020 Rutland County Councillors are being asked to vote on 3 major issues which effect the whole of Rutland.
Please attend these meetings and speak to your elected ward Councillor. Your Councillors vote is important and it is vital that you voice your concerns.
Monday 20th January 2020 7:00 PM – Council Chambers Catmose, Oakham
The Councillors will vote on two issues – Whether or not to accept the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) grant funding and the Councils Corporate Plan 2019-2024.
Accepting the HIF grant funding will lead to irreversible and unnecessary urbanisation at St Georges Barracks. Rutland will change forever. It will affect our local towns, our economies, the traffic flow on our rural roads and could lead to further urbanisation in other parts of the County. Are the ‘infrastructure first’ promises being upheld? Just one of many questions which need to be asked.
Monday 27th January 2020 7:00 PM – Council Chambers Catmose, Oakham
The Councillors will be asked to support the Local Plan and allow it to proceed to the next stage. This is the pre-submission version which will be the version presented to the Inspector. The proposed Local Plan includes St Georges Barracks and addresses development needs across the whole of the county.
The Chief Executive and the Cabinet at RCC are very focused on proceeding with these matters as quickly as possible.
There are many questions which need to be asked.
• Have RCC mitigated all risks involved in accepting the HIF grant funding?
• Has your Councillor seen and had enough time to make an informed decision of their own?
• What improvements will there be to rural roads to cope with the extra traffic?
• When will any improvement happen?
• When will the promised new school be built?
• What extra strain will be put on local public services and your doctor’s surgery?

Pre-Submission Local Plan

The Pre-Submission Local Plan has recently been published; all 966 pages of it. The Plan can be accessed on R.C.C. website and can be downloaded in bite size chunks in pdf. form. Alternatively this link will download the full document:

On Thursday 16th January there will be a Scrutiny Panel Meeting on the Plan at R.C.C 7.0 pm. A member of North Luffenham Parish Council will be making deputation.

There are Council Meetings on the 20th January to approve or not the Housing Infrastructure Fund bid and on the 27th January to approve the Pre-Submission Local Plan. Both meetings are at R.C.C. at 7.0 pm and are public meetings. Deputations and questions can be asked at these meeting but must be submitted beforehand. For information on how to do this please follow this link:

Decisions on the proposed development of St. George’s Barracks are coming to a head and it is possibly the last chance for parishioners to influence the outcome. Please either attend the meetings and/or email our local MP with your views.

NLPC and Trust Meetings: Monday 20th January 2020

Please find attached the agenda and papers for the above meetings to be held at North Luffenham Community Centre at 7pm

Neighbourhood Plan: further development

Following the public meeting on the 9th December the Parish Council formerly approved, on the 6th January, to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan a meeting will be held on the 13th January at 7.00 pm in the Community Centre with the aim of forming a Steering Group.

If you were not able to attend the initial meeting, think you may have skills to offer, or simply want to know more than you are welcome to attend.

Your County Needs You; St. George’s Barracks Decision

It would be helpful if as many villagers as possible could attend the following meetings at R.C.C. (Council Offices:  Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham LE15 6HP).

On Thursday 19th December at 7.00 pm there will be a Public Scrutiny Meeting and the aim of the meeting is to question council officials on the agenda for the meeting of the Cabinet on Monday 23rd December at 6.00 pm at which the Cabinet will discuss and decide what to present to the Councillors for their decision early in the New Year. This basically will be future development in the county and will largely be focused on St. George’s Barracks (SGB). At both meetings the following will be discussed:

The terms and conditions of the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). The Spatial Strategy of Rutland (a decision as to how St. George’s Barracks fits into the Local Plan). St. George’s Barracks versus development at Woolfox. Other issues are viability, sustainability, transport, environment and cost assessments.

Local parish councillors will be making the views of residents known in deputations but unfortunately the public is not allowed to speak unless questions/deputations have been submitted beforehand. However a good turnout will give a sense of the feeling towards the development and help residents understand the effects that the St. George’s Barracks development will have on our communities and the county.

So please do come along if you can.