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.

Christmas trees and decorations at Digby Farm

Digby farm have been growing Christmas trees for over 30 years, and offer a range of trees including spruce pine and fir in a range of heights. There is also a Christmas shop full of decorations, tree stands, and gifts and crafts.

All the trees are on display so you can inspect each one and choose your preferred shape and size. Once you have chosen your tree, one of the helpful staff will give you a ticket, and then take the tree away to be netted, while you browse the Christmas Shop for decorations.

Open daily from 10.00 am to 5:30pm (4pm Sunday), and located here

Defibrillator reliability improvement

A big thank you on behalf of the village to Cllr Geoff Mason who recently volunteered his time and ingenuity to improve the weatherproofing of our village defibrillator. The defibrillator has been out of action on more than one occasion due to water ingress, and the addition of the black metal hood will improve the availability of this emergency life saving equipment in the future.

“Due to water ingress into the cabinet of the defibrillator it has been out of action on two occasions but thanks to Councillor Mason, who devised and constructed a cover for the cabinet, the problem has been resolved.”

Cllr Tim Smith – Parish Council Chairman

You can read more about how the village defibrillator works here.

Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan for North Luffenham

Taking control of planning in the village

How would you like the Parish of North Luffenham to look in 10 to 20 years time? The Village Survey of 2017 indicated that the general environment and proximity to the countryside were very important and being part of a community as important to the residents of North Luffenham

The proposed development of St. George’s Barracks, with a new town bigger than Uppingham, is a threat to the environment of North Luffenham in terms of visual impact and increased traffic. The local parish councils are striving to reduce the numbers of houses in the development, but it is likely that there will be some utilisation of the former airfield.

A Neighbourhood Plan enables local communities to control the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood.
  • Choose where new homes and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

It is essentially a planning document for the whole of the parish, and as such can influence any development on St. George’s within the parish boundary.(p.t.o.)

Only a Parish Council can initiate a Neighbourhood Plan, but it can only be successfully impact the St Georges development with the support of the village and the Parish Council wants your help and enthusiasm to see it through.

There will be a presentation  at the Community Centre on 9th December at 7.0 pm.

The parish council feel it is important to the future of the village so please, if you are able, try and attend either just to know more or would like to be involved in some way.

All welcome; please do come.

Can you help?

Are you interested in helping other people and if so come and find out more about the North Luffenham Good Neighbour Scheme this Friday 6th December at 7.30 pm in The Den at The Fox. Following our A.G.M. there will be light refreshments and a chance to talk over what is involved with the volunteers.

NLPC and Trust Meetings Monday 2nd December 2019

Please find attached the agendas and supporting papers for the above meetings to be held at North Luffenham Community Centre at 7.00pm

Planning Application: 30 Kings Road, North Luffenham

2019/1020/FUL PROPOSAL: Single storey infill extension linking front of property with existing garage and alterations to garage to provide utility and store room.

Please see attached the details of the above planning application