Everyone is invited to the Village Carol Service this evening, Sunday 16th December at 6pm in the Church. Through Drama, beautiful well known Music, Poetry and Song experience the wonderful Christmas Story coming to life. This is a family service for everyone and will include Drinks and Mince pies after the Service.
Rutland County Council’s December Cabinet Meeting on 18th December is to review the latest version of the Evolving Masterplan, together with the business case for a supporting bid to the national Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).
This will allow Cabinet to assess whether the Plan should be recommended to Rutland County Council’s January 2019 Full Council meeting for approval.
The Agenda and Reports for Cabinet on 18 December, including the latest version of the St George’s Evolving Masterplan, have been published and can be viewed online at:
The latest version of the Full Evolving Masterplan for St George’s, together with a shorter Executive Summary, can also be viewed and downloaded at:
On Sunday 11th November the village is invited to gather at the Village Church to remember those that have lost their lives in War and those that have served their Country in War and in Peace.
We will also especially remember those Soldiers and Airmen from Great Britain and the Commonwealth who are buried in our beautiful churchyard.
To commemorate this, the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, a beautiful arch of over 600 knitted poppies has been prepared in the Church Porch, in addition the School will be helping to decorate the Church with poppies.
The Service will start at 10.45 am, however you are urged to arrive by 10.30 am to secure a seat.
We will be joined by CO 1 Military Working Dog Regiment RAVC, Lt Col Neil Lakin RE and a contingent from the Regiment together with our Uniformed Youth Groups and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association. The Act of Remembrance will be led by Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB OBE DL the President of RBL Rutland.
16 Villagers lost their lives in WW1 and their names are commemorated on the village war memorial, their stories do live on and you can view them here on the Rutland Remembers website.
If you are unable to join us on Sunday do please visit the Village Church to see the beautiful Poppy installation and maybe pause for a minute at our Commonwealth War Graves Commission Plot.
The annual Bonfire and Fireworks Event run by the Parish Council will be held on The Oval on Monday 5th November 2018. All are welcome.
DOORS OPEN – 5.45 pm
BONFIRE LIT – 6.10pm
FIREWORKS – 6.30pm
BBQ / HOT DRINKS / MULLED WINE
There will be a bucket collection to help offset the cost of the event – please give generously,
PBG Cummings: Tel: 01780 720124
This year Remembrance Day will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The village will mark this special event in a number of ways:
- Remembrance Day Service – 10.40am on Sunday 11th November in the Parish Church, followed by Wreath Laying at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Churchyard. All are most welcome.
- A Poppy art installation in the Church – The Village Knit and Natter Group have knitted over 600 poppies which will form a magnificent evocative arch at the Church Door throughout November
- An opportunity to display copies of photographs, letters etc of family members that have been involved in any conflict in the past 100 years. These will be displayed in the Church. If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Whittaker – Tel: 721216 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBG Cummings: Tel: 720124 / email: email@example.com
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.
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.”
The Parish Council are finalising plans for Bonfire Night 2018 and need to identify more volunteers to assist with Stewarding and Bucket Collections. This is a great Village evening but it does need your help to deliver a safe and financially secure event. If you would be able to help please call – Paul Cummings: 01780 720124 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank to everyone that has submitted a response to the Local Plan consultation regarding the proposed development at St George’s Barracks. Responses delivered to The Fox or 11 Digby Drive will be delivered to RCC this morning. The Parish Council met on Thursday 20th September and endorsed a formal response to the consultation which is attached.
Clearly this is but one element of a major campaign to convince the County Council that a new town is not needed in the heart of the County. The next stage will be to make our County Council members aware of the strength of opinion against a development of the proposed size, currently 2,700 new homes. Further information on how you can help will be published later this week.
Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC – 01780 720124 / email@example.com
Further to our previous publication regarding an EGM on 20 Sep 18, please find attached a revised Agenda for the Parish Council EGM to be held on Thu 20 Sep at 8pm in the Community Centre.
PBG Cummings Chair NLPC
The Parish Council’s St George’s Barracks Working Group will host a “Drop In” session in the School Hall this evening, Fri 14 Sep 18, from 7pm – 9pm. Copies of the full consultation document will be available to read and members off the Working Group will be on hand to discuss some of the key issues that arise from the consultation document. All are welcome.
A number of requests have been received regarding Consultation Regulations. These can be found here:
There will be a fundraising Fashion Show in the Community Centre on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 in advance from Janet: 01780 721216 or Hilary 07468-419781 or £6 at the door.
Raffle and Refreshments – Further details on the attached Flyer
There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Thu 20th Sep 18 at 8.00pm The meeting will be held in North Luffenham Community Centre. The key elements of the meeting will be consideration of the Parish Council’s response to the RCC Local Plan Consultation Documents. Members of the Public are welcome to attend, however there will be no public forum at this meeting.
PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC
Agenda: NLPC EGM 20 Sep 18 – Agenda
The Parish Council and its St George’s Barracks Working Group have prepared a briefing note about the Rutland Local Plan Consultation that is currently taking place. This will be delivered to all homes in the Village this weekend. The Briefing note is here: PC Briefing – Sep 18
The consultation documents are complex and require detailed analysis. A steering group set up by the Parish Council has reviewed the document, identified a number of key issues arising from it, and prepared a pro-forma to simplify the response process (attached: LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION – SEP 18 RESPONSE V1 ). If you wish to take advantage of this, please look at the comments on the attached pro-forma and indicate clearly each individual comment that you agree with, ensuring that you provide your name and address. (RCC have now agreed that responses can be submitted in any format.) Then place it in an envelope in the Red Box in The Fox or return to 11 Digby Drive or to any Parish Councillor. All returns are requested by Friday 21st Sep 18, after which they will be taken to Rutland County Council. Alternatively, RCC’s formal Consultation Response Form, this pro-forma or free-form comments can be submitted directly to RCC at: firstname.lastname@example.org. RCC require the consultation to be completed by 24th Sep. To count, all responses must contain the name and address of the individual concerned.
Drop In Session. To give you a chance to review a hard copy of the Local Plan document, to ask questions about it and should you wish, to have an opportunity to complete RCC Response Form or the attached survey form, we are holding a ‘Drop In’ session from 7pm – 9pm on Friday 14th Sep 18 in the School Hall.
Consultation Documentation attached:
PBG Cummings, Chair NLPC, Tel: 01780 720124 email: email@example.com
You will have received today a note from Mr Gilman at Democracy HQ ?? in Pilton. In it he enclosed a survey form for you to complete and return to him considering one single aspect of the RCC consultation, namely how many homes we would wish to see built at St George’s Barracks. I and the Parish Council and our SGB Working Group are working very hard to produce a sound response to the consultation on behalf of the Parish of North Luffenham. This will be produced in good time for consultation with the parishioners before the submission date of 24th September. A letter and pro forma will be circulated this week covering our response to the proposals in the plan. In addition we will be hosting a ‘Drop In’ session on Fri 14th from 7 – 9pm in the Village Hall. I am however concerned that should you choose to complete Mr Gilman’s form you may find that under the consultation rules, you are unable to respond fully to the RCC Consultation paper. Under these circumstances, parishioners of NL are recommended to ignore the circular sent by Mr Gilman and to take the lead from their elected Parish Councillors who are determined to protect the interests of NL Parishioners.
Chair NLPC – Tel 01780 720124
Please find attached an update on the St George’s Barracks Project and the work currently being undertaken by the Parish Council and NLPC SGB Working Group to try to influence RCC’s decisions.
PBG Cummings – Chair NLPC
The results of the consultation on St George’s Barracks development have now been published by Rutland County Council and can be found at:
I am delighted to see that North Luffenham heads the list of number of responses received, indeed almost a third of all households in the village responded, making up 21.4% of all responses. In addition, the Parish Council supported by the St George’s Barracks Working Group submitted a very detailed response that has already been published but is attached for ease of reference.
Following the meeting held with our MP Sir Alan Duncan MP, on 22nd June, an Advisory Group has been formed whose purpose is to “be the voice of the community during the planning and development stage of the Project. To bring together MOD, Rutland County Council, the Developer and interested parties from the wider community of Rutland to identify issues and concerns during the Planning and Development process and to identify the appropriate and cost effective solutions.” The first meeting of the Group was held earlier this week and I was encouraged by the willingness of the County Council to engage with us as key stakeholders. I attach a copy of the Action Points arising from this first meeting. It is intended that the Advisory Group will meet every 4 weeks and may form working groups to report on individual key issues such as the environment. It has been agreed that the scale of the development and its phasing, together with infrastructure and style are the burning issues of the moment.
Officers Mess Development
A further group has been formed to consider the Officers’ Mess development, which we are determined should not be considered as a stand-alone development. This group will meet for the first time in the near future.
Co-operation with Edith Weston Parish Council
We have formed a strong working relationship with EWPC and the Chairs of the respective PCs meet regularly. We are now extending this link to include Manton, Ketton, Empingham, and South Luffenham Parish Councils. This continual liaison ensures that we are in a position to understand local concerns and to speak with one voice.
Th excellent cooperation with Visit to Whitehill and Bordon
On 17th July, at the invitation of the Leader of Whitehill and Bordon Town Council, Norman Milne (Chair Edith Weston Parish Council) and I visited Bordon to establish how that development had progressed and some of the lesson learnt along the way. Bordon is important because it is a similar sized development on a similar sized former Army Camp. Important too is the fact that the Consultants engaged by the County Council to prepare the St George’s Masterplan are the same organization responsible for the Masterplanning of the Bordon Development. I attach a copy of the report that I wrote following that visit. The points raised in the Executive Summary of that report are:
• The scope of the 2 x projects is remarkably similar, though Bordon can draw upon significantly more infrastructure and heritage buildings than may be available in St George’s Barracks (SGB).
• The scale of the Bordon site has reduced significantly over time; the MoD threat to do their own thing was deployed by the District Council but never materialized. MoD did not significantly influence the final number of properties to be built. Final house numbers were driven in part by a report written by Natural England.
• Effective and meaningful engagement between District Council and Town Council was considered essential. To achieve that a pro-active stance needed to be taken by the Town Council in making alternative positive proposals. Localism was an important influencing tool, which required continual and detailed engagement with the existing community.
• Continuity and strong leadership within the Parish Councils were considered essential. The Councils should put additional effort and resources into understanding the requirements for Transport, Health, Jobs, Education, Leisure and Training.
• Localism is considered an essential tool with input from all key groups. The Advisory Board might propose setting up oversight boards to consider the delivery of the promise in all key areas.
• The Council should not underestimate the resources and time needed to manage a project of this size and to ensure accountability from the county Council. Once underway the project will proceed very quickly with little opportunity for review. It is essential therefore that the Masterplan is correct and has the support of all players.
• Once appointed the Parish Councils need to develop close links and oversight of the work being undertaken by developers and be able to identify problems and community reaction quickly.
• Developer’s Insight. This paragraph is worth reading in detail. Many of the issues/concerns raised to date with our development have materialized in Bordon. The availability of appropriately trained house-building staff may drive the overall rate of development. The majority of new buyers had to commute further to work – house sales were driven by house costs in more affluent towns/cities.
• The provision of on site town sized facilities to meet the needs of the new town is a great attraction to buyers. The development needs to include a wide range of national brand shops and a range of catering outlets. A pub, an ‘Express’ store and a Pizza Hut will not meet the aspiration of buyers. A wide range of sports facilities, leisure facilities, and environmental/recreational opportunities are vital.
• The on-going running costs for many of the proposed facilities, including grass cutting and leisure area management are likely to be devolved. This will result in a substantial overhead for Parish Councils.
The Parish Council’s Working Group on the development of St George’s Barracks continues to meet regularly to advise the Parish Council and provide specialist insight and research. The Group is currently made up of:
Cllr Paul Cummings – Chair
Tim Collins – Environmental issues
Jason Allen – Business / Tourism
Mike Wyatt – Publicity / Press
Hugo & Jo Spiegl – Business, Education and Local Insight
Trevor Gibson – Local Authority Governance
Tony Smith – Communications
Cllr Pete Burrows – IT
Cllr Tim Smith – Planning
We lack expertise in planning law and planning process, if you know of anyone that would wish to join the group do please give me a call. The Group is not a protest group and seeks to influence the County Council to ensure that the proposed development is appropriate, well planned and executed and above all is “Right for Rutland’.
A revised local planning document will shortly be launched by RCC. This will attempt to justify the requirement for a significant build on the airfield – please watch this space for further details.
On 22 Jun 18, Sir Alan Duncan MP Chaired a meeting to review the St George’s Barracks Masterplan. Invited were representatives of Rutland County Council, their consultants, RegenCo, the Ministry of Defence (Defence Infrastructure Organisations), County Councillors and representatives of a number of Parish Councils.
Though not an official record of the meeting, which has yet to be published, please find attached a summary of the notes that I made at that meeting. My personal perceptions are included in the final paragraph of the document.
The most important outcome of the meeting was an agreement to form an Advisory Group to work with RCC to help inform the Barrack Development Plan.
PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC
Tel: 01780 720124, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks indeed to all those that helped to make Village Day such a great success, though the weather did inevitably help. It is always good to see the village come together for such an event and it was very special to see so many of our younger citizens having fun. None of this would have happened without your support. On behalf of the Parish Council and indeed the village, I would thank on your behalf all those who helped to make the day so special, including:
Preparatory Grass Cutting – Pete Burrows / Chater Choir – Tracey Steward and so many wonderful singers / Archery – Michael Anker and Tim Clifton / Target Golf – Charles Cade / Dog Show – Sarah’s Pet Care Services and Bill Whittaker / Frisby Golf – Graham & Pippa Madgwick / Church/Remembrance Poppies – Janet Whittaker & Fay Cummings / Basketball – Mathew Butcher / Croquet – Tim & Hilary Smith / Football Skills – Ben Eshelby / Rounders – Judy Cade & Di Wickowski / Pizza in a Box – North Luffenham Scouts / Tug of War – Sue Roberts / Bar – Trish & Debbie / BBQ – Liz Caffarelli / Jane Roche / Afternoon Teas – Hilary Hudson, Charlene Hudson, Janet Heasell, Sue / Cakes Stall – Vanja House, Val Smith, Penny McKinley & Sue Read and anyone that I might have inadvertently forgotten (With sincere apologies).
A great day thank you, one and all. Paul Cummings
The deadline for the submission of comments on the proposed development at St George’s Barracks has, at our request, been extended to 14th Jun 18. If you say nothing, RCC will accept your tacit support to the proposed new town of 3,570 new homes, an industrial estate and a 200 hectare quarry on your doorstep. It is really important that you have your say using the questionnaire provided or by email using the pro forma at: https://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk.
I attach a copy of a letter that I hope to get published in next week’s papers:
Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC