Author Archives: Paul Cummings

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING – 16 APR 18

Many thanks indeed to the 150 Villagers that attended the APM on Monday evening. The Minutes of the meeting will be published shortly.
The evening provided an opportunity to hear the County Council’s response to the “Concerns” paper that had been prepared by the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham Working Group. The RCC paper which was discussed at the meeting is attached below.

In questions the key points arising included – “What are the proposed infrastructure developments and how can we influence this” and “where is the evidence that a new town of this size is needed, which dwarfs the requirement identified in the local plan”.

The Parish Council Working Group will meet shortly to discuss how we get our message across to the whole County.

The next milestone in the process will be the publication of a draft Master Plan and we have invited RCC to present this to the village on Wed 16th May 18 in the School Hall at 6.30pm.

 

PBG Cummings  Tel: 01780 720124 email:  pbgcummings@gmail.com

Issues and Response – St Georges Concerns Latest v1.1 (16-04-18)

The 6th North Luffenham Safari Supper – 14th Apr 18

I would wish to thank everyone that helped in the organisation and the 30 Couples that participated in the Safari Supper on Saturday evening. It certainly was great fun and enabled lots of people to meet new friends. At the end of the evening we were able to present a cheque to the sum of £600 to Dove Cottage Day Hospice – many thanks to all.

If you have any comments on how to improve the event do please contact me. If you were unable to attend please do join us next time – it is well worth while.

Paul Cummings – pbgcummings@gmail.com
Tel: 01780 720124

North Luffenham Parish Council – Annual Parish Meeting – 7.30pm Monday 16th April 2018

North Luffenham’s Annual Parish Meeting will held at 7.30pm on Monday, 16th April 2018 in the School Hall. All residents of North Luffenham are welcome.

The Chairman and many of your Councillors will be in attendance to answer any questions concerning Parish Council affairs. The agenda is shown below together with the Chairman’s Report which will be considered at the meeting.

Following the Annual Meeting The Leader of RCC, Cllr Oliver Hemsley and the Chief Executive Mrs Heln Briggs will make a presentation on the ‘Concerns paper’ that had been presented by the Parish Council concerning the proposed development of up to 3,000 new homes, an industrial estate and a quarry on the sire of the Barracks. This development will inevitably impact upon all residents and you are strongly urged to attend this meeting to put your concerns to the County Council’s representatives.

VILLAGE DAY / SPORTS – 20 MAY 18 – Can you help??

Do you want a Village Event on The Oval on 20th May 18 – If so we need Volunteers willing to assist with simple games, teas, stalls and the like. Without help from the Village the event cannot get off the ground.  If you would be willing to assist with organization or to help with activities on the day please call:  Paul Cummings. Tel: 01780 720124

Many thanks

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING – MONDAY 16th APRIL 2018

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 16th April 2018 in the School Hall. The Chairman’s Annual Report is attached for your information and will be circulated to all homes in the village this weekend.

Following the meeting the Leader and Chief Executive of the County Council will be present to answer your questions about the proposed development at St George’s Barracks of up to 3,000 new homes and a 100 Hectare quarry. If you wish to express your concerns do please attend the meeting –  if you have not read it I have also attached the Joint Working Group’s Concerns papers below . This will be the last time to express your views before the County Council publish the Master Plan for the development. The development will have a huge impact on the village and at present the proposals are rolling forward with little resistance.

PBG CUMMINGS

Tel: 01780 720124   :  pbgcummings@gmail.com

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FY2017 – 18 V1.2

CONCERNS PAPER V1.1

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – MEETING WITH SIR ALAN DUNCAN MP

On Friday 23rd March the Chairs of North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish Councils met our MP, Sir Alan Duncan to discuss the Barrack Development programme and our recently published  ‘Concerns’ paper. We had a wide-ranging discussion and in particular raised the following issues:

Scale – Proposal to build up to 3,00 homes – compared to the housing requirement noted in the local plan.
Representation – Refusal to allow Parish Councils to be part of the decision making process
Governance – Perception that the project is being ‘driven’ by RCC Executive and MoD rather than elected representatives
Consultation – Perception that the public’s concerns are not being addressed properly by the County Council. RCC.
Buffer Zones – The Need for effective buffer zones between existing villages and the development and the new development and the proposed quarry
Officers’ Mess site – a lost opportunity to build a Hotel and leisure centre to attract inward investment and tourism to the County
Style of affordable homes – Proposal to build 3 storey ‘blocks’ to provide ‘affordable’ homes.
Is RCC, as a public body, the appropriate organisation to manage a huge commercial development such as this. Is it resourced for this type of complex ‘business’?.

Sir Alan was very receptive to our concerns and assured us that he would discuss these with the County Council.

 

If you have not yet read the Concerns Paper,  it is attached:

CONCERNS PAPER V1.1

 

PBG CUMMINGS

Tel: 01780 720124 / pbgcummings@gmail.com

URGENT – Church Security

Church Security – MAR 18

 

Criminals are targeting our Churches in this area and stealing lead and copper. The Church which lies at the heart of our community is at great risk – please keep alert and report any suspicious activity – especially at night. Thank you.

 

Janet Whitaker / Nic Merrett

Church Wardens

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

The development of St George’s Barracks is continuing apace and we now await the publication of a draft Master Plan which will identify  what the outline proposals are. Local consultation seems a low priority for RCC and therefore the Parish Council are keen to keep Villagers up to speed with developments. I will be holding the Annual Parish Meeting on 16th April and will ensure that you get a chance to raise your concerns at that meeting. I am meeting Sir Alan Duncan MP tomorrow to discuss the ‘Concerns Paper’ that we published earlier in the week. Meanwhile the following notes help to show the pace of progress.

Yesterday I attended RCC to listen to the Cabinet discussion on the development of the Officers’ Mess site. The relevant discussion paper is attached. It was agreed by Cabinet at that meeting to allocate a sum of £850,000 to enter into negotiations to acquire the site (4 Hectares) by the County Council with an intent to build 70+ homes on that site. The proposal is that the Council will acquire the site and take forward the development outside of the main St George’s project. It was confirmed that at least 30% of these homes would be ‘affordable homes’ which included starter homes.  The funding will be required to “develop proposals at The Officers’ Mess up to the point prior to the issue of tenders for the contractor that will deliver the works element of the project.”

Barracks Paper – 5 Mar 18

Today I received the following note from CE RCC:

I am pleased to say that a bid for national funding for investment in infrastructure to support the redevelopment of the St George’s barracks has progressed to the next stage. The bid is primarily designed to ensure that development on the site happens in a sustainable way with the appropriate investment in infrastructure such as roads, transport. schools and healthcare.  Speaking after the announcement was made, Rutland County Council Leader Oliver Hemsley said: “The HIF is a new source of funding set up specifically to support local authorities who are planning for sustainable housing growth in their areas.

“We’re clear that any future development on the St George’s site must have the necessary infrastructure needed to support both new and existing communities.”Stage two of the HIF bidding process involves the development of a business case to support the proposal for funding before a final decision on the allocation of funding is made in summer 2018.

Rutland County Council and the Ministry of Defence have been working and will continue to work with local communities as part of the planning for St George’s. Focus group meetings held in January were attended by more than 150 people and local communities will soon be asked share their views about the first draft of a high level master plan for the site.

 

PBG CUMMINGS  Chair NLPC

Tel: 01780 720124

 

 

 

 

 

St George’s Barracks’ Development – Concerns and Considerations Paper

This evening I forwarded the following note to Oliver Hemsley, Leader RCC and Helen Briggs – CEO RCC:

“We write as the Chairs of North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish Councils.

Please find attached a paper written by the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham St George’s Barracks Working Group. The paper is an initial draft of a document that will evolve over time. Its aim is to encompass the concerns of our respective Parishioners regarding the proposed development at St George’s Barracks. We would be grateful if this document could be shared with the team writing the First Draft Master Plan, to enable them to take into account some of the very real concerns and considerations of those that are likely to be most affected by the development. We will circulate the document widely including all County Councillors and all Parish Councils.

We will look forward to your proposed consultation to enable us to expand upon the themes contained within the initial draft paper.

Regards

Paul Cummings – Chair North Luffenham Parish Council
Norman Milne – Edith Weston Parish Council

Note to Parishioners:

Please scan the attached paper and let me have your ideas for further issues that should be included in the next draft of the document. Of course at present we have yet to have sight of the initial draft of the Master Plan document that will tell us much more of what is proposed. The Joint Parish Councils’ Working Group have met frequently and have been pressing RCC for further consultation before any Plans are published. This has now been agreed and we will be meeting in the near future.

How can you influence the process ?? Might I suggest that you write to Sir Alan Duncan your MP and to the local papers to express your concern – you might find some useful themes in the Concerns Paper. To start the ball rolling I have written to the Mercury this week expressing our concern about the scale of the project and highlighting the fact that according to RCC’s Local Plan these homes are not required in the period 2016 – 2036.

PBG CUMMINGS – Tel: 720124

CONCERNS PAPER V1.1

SAFARI SUPPER – 14 APR 18 – Have you registered ??

As previously published, the village Safari Supper is scheduled for Saturday 14th Apr 18. Have you registered your interest?? If not please contact Judy Cade (Tel: 720467) or Paul Cummings (Tel: 720124). Cost is £20/House with all proceeds going to Dove Cottage Day Hospice.

A fun evening eating and meeting your way around the village. Booking Deadline is 24th March.

St George’s Barracks – Scale of Development

The Chairs of North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish Councils have written to RCC on behalf of our respective communities to express our concern at the proposed scale of the development of St George’s Barracks (1,500 – 3,000 new homes). We commented that the proposal to build a new town, the size of Uppingham, in an area which has hitherto been predominantly rural in nature, had created near unanimous opposition to what is being proposed. We indicated that there is strong support in the local area for a development of no more than 500 houses phased over an extended period. The letter has been released to Local press and a number of radio interviews have been arranged. A copy of our letter is attached:

Development of St George’s Barracks – Mar 18

St George’s Barracks – Development of Officers’ Mess Site

We have been advised that Rutland County Council’s Cabinet intend to consider a proposal to release £850,000 of funds to support the redevelopment of the Officers’ Mess Site at St George’s Barracks. The full details of the proposal are in the attached document.

Summary of Proposals: The Officers’ Mess site is a 4 Hectare (10 Acre) brownfield site, which is adjacent to, but entirely separate from the Barracks on the South side of Edith Weston Road. The proposal is to build about 70 homes on the site of which at least 30% will be affordable homes. The intent is that Council acquires the site and takes forward the development separately from, and in advance of the full Barracks Development. The Council have committed to consulting with Parish Councils and the Community to understand our ‘ambitions’ for the site and has committed to holding meetings with stakeholder groups to set out their proposals and to understand and mitigate our concerns, which where practicable will be incorporated into the design.

Action by the Community: This development of at least 70 new homes on a high value site overlooking the Chater Valley, is going to have a significant impact upon our village communities and Edith Weston in particular. Bearing in mind that this initiative is to be funded by local authority money, we need to ensure that we ‘hold the Council’s feet to the fire’ and that our concerns are heard. Silence will inevitably be considered as acceptance or at least acquiescence. The Parish Councils of both villages will continue to seek to influence the Council’s decisions and to represent your views.

Please do read the document.

Barracks Paper – 5 Mar 18

Village Day 2018 – Can You Help?

Following the success of the 2016 event, the Parish Council are looking to support another Village Day event in 2018. We need your help in putting together a simple but fun event to celebrate North Luffenham as being a great place to Iive and to provide an opportunity for a memorable village event on the Oval. This might coincide with the Royal Wedding on 19th May or on another suitable occasion. We are looking for volunteers to join a Committee to help with planning and to help organise the event. Ideas such as fun sports competitions, fancy dress, dog show, stalls, bric a brac, cakes etc spring to mind. Would you like to help ? – if so please contact Paul Cummings – Tel: 01780 720124.

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – IMPORTANT UPDATE

Please find attached a progress report from the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham Working Group, which explains what the Working Group has been doing to date and what its future tasks are.

At the Focus Group meetings held on 29th Jan we were advised by the County Council that the current proposals would see both a development of 1,500 – 3,000 homes on the Western end (Edith Weston) of the site, and in addition the development of a substantial part of the Eastern (North Luffenham) end of site for the extraction of limestone. The report attached includes a map highlighting the area designated for mineral extraction.

The aim of the Working Group is initially to gather the information necessary to influence the development of the site. The first step in this will be to present a paper highlighting our concerns to the County Council in early March before any decisions are made.

PBG CUMMINGS – Tel: 01780 720124

SGB Update – Feb 18 Meged

Hold the Date – North Luffenham’s 6th Safari Supper – Saturday 14th April 2018

The 6th North Luffenham Safari Supper will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018. Full details are contained in the attached flyer which will be enclosed in the February edition of the Parish Magazine. An evening of meeting new people, and having fun. Each participant couple are invited to host one course for 6 people. Starters, Mains and Puddings will be served in different homes around the village. Cost will be £20 / Couple, with all proceeds going to Dove Cottage Day Hospice. To book or for further information contact Paul – 720124, Judy – 720467, Liliane – 721047 or Di – 720447.

Booking deadline will be 24th March 2018

Flyer – 2018