Author Archives: Paul Cummings

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – THE REALITY REVEALED

13th May 2018

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS
WHAT WORTH THE WORD OF OUR COUNTY COUNCIL ??

On Friday 11th May, Rutland County Council released the first draft of the Master Plan (https://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk) for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks. The event had plenty of gloss, but in reality very little substance. Certainly the group that I sat with felt that this was a lost opportunity to bring something really positive to the County. There is nothing in the plan that will attract tourism, our highest income earner, to the County. The scope of the imagination of the planners is really limited and appears to follow a commitment to cram as many houses as possible into the limited space available. The huge future quarry site which covers almost 50% of the site in the plan is termed as a “Country Park”, but you will have to live for a long time to see it.

You will recall that in December, when the proposed development was presented to us, the Chief Executive of the Council made a number of assurances to us, which included key planning assumptions:

• This would be a typical Rutland village with a wide variety of houses and excellent amenities, including the development of a hotel and leisure facilities on site.

• The infrastructure bid proposals were based on a development of 1,500 to 3,000 new homes (3,000 being the top estimate if the whole site was available for development).

• The planning density was to be no more than 20 Homes/Hectare.

I am afraid that every one of these critical commitments has been broken. A coach and horses has been driven through these assumptions and it is now clear that the brief given to the planners was to design a new town for more than 3,000 new homes, regardless of how much land was available after the designation of the vast quarry site. As a result, though not explicit in the documentation, the proposal will include swathes of terraced homes, town houses and apartment blocks, none of which can be found in any typical Rutland Village. The proposed total density of Housing has increased from “no more than 20 Houses / Hectare” to 30 houses per hectare and in some areas considerably more. What is proposed is a new dormitory town stuck in the heart of this Rural County, that has been designed for ‘anywhere’, with precious disregard for everything that makes Rutland special. Maybe an appropriate name for the new town should be “Rutland Forsaken”. This cannot be considered to be Right for Rutland.

It is therefore essential that everyone see the ‘exhibition’ in the School Hall on Wed 16th May from 6.30pm to 9pm and takes the opportunity to tell the County County Council and the ReGenco Planners what they think about their proposals. This really will affect you and your families for years to come.

PBG CUMMINGS
Chair North Luffenham Parish Council
Tel: 01780 720124
email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

Minutes – Annual Parish Meeting – 16 Apr 18

Please find below the Minutes and supporting papers for the Annual Parish Meeting which was held on 16th Apr 18.

Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC

Tel: 01780 720124 email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

Minutes – APM – 16 Apr 18

APM – INCOME – EXPENDITURE – 17-18 Sheet1

Chairman’s APM Presentation

crime figures for North Luff 2017-2018 yearly

RCC Presentation – St George’s Barracks

 

St George’s Barracks – Crichel Down Rules

I occasionally hear some interesting views about the application of “The Crichel Down Rules” which relate to the sale of land that was compulsorily purchased by the Government post 1935. On occasion it is clear that some  views do not reflect the legal reality of the situation. For ease of reference I attach an extract of the DCLG Document in which the rules are enshrined. Inevitably the document can be interpreted in different ways, however the  document does explain the background and principles that need to considered.

PBG Cummings

Chair NLPC – email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

 

The Crichel Down Rules

Extraordinary Parish Council (Trust) Meeting – Thu 10 May 18

There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council (Trust) to be held on Thu 10 May 18 at 7.30pm.  The meeting will be held in North Luffenham School Hub (Off the School Hall). Members of the Public are welcome to attend, however there will be no public forum at this meeting.

PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC

NLPC-Trust Agenda EGM – 10 May 18 Oval Use Application

Extraordinary General Meeting – Parish Council – 10 May 18

There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Thu 10 May 18 at 7.30pm  The meeting will be held in North Luffenham School Hub (Off the School Hall). The key elements of the meeting will be consideration of the format and expenditure for Village Day (20 May 18) and consideration of General Data Protection Regulation Policy Papers. Members of the Public are welcome to attend, however there will be no public forum at this meeting.

PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC

 

NLPC EGM 10 May 18 – Agenda NLPC Privacy Notice – Staff – Cllrs – Volunteers NLPC Data Breach Policy – May 18 NLPC Data Policy NLPC Data Protection Policy – May 18 NLPC Privacy Notice – Public NLPC SAR Policy – May 18 Village Day – Admin RCC-community-street-lighting-recharge-annotated

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS MASTER PLAN PUBLICATION

The Leader of RCC commented last week that “the Publication of the first high-level plan for St George’s Barracks marks the start of a conversation between the Council, the MoD and Rutland Residents as we begin to plan for the future of this extremely important site” Consultation around the first high level plan for St George’s  will begin with a public exhibition at Victoria Hall in Oakham from 3pm to 7pm on May 11 and from 10am to 2pm on May 12th. In addition a roadshow will take place to communities. The North Luffenham presentation will take place on Wednesday 16th May at St Mary and St John School at 6.30pm, to be followed by a display of maps etc and a chance to discuss proposals with key staff involved in the project. As a conversation is very much a two way process I would hope that RCC will be prepared to listen carefully to local concerns.

 

I would urge all villagers to attend this presentation of the Master Plan at 6.30pm on Wed 16th May in the School Hall.

 

PBG CUMMINGS  – Chair NLPC

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – LETTER TO RCC COUNCILLORS

Next week the County Council’s initial Master Plan for the development of St George’s Barracks will be published. This will propose building more than 3,000 homes on the barrack site in additional to a quarry and an industrial site. To pre-empt the publication of the Master Plan the North Luffenham / Edith Weston Parish Council Working Group have sent a personalised letter to every County Councillor expressing out concern at proposals to build a town considerably larger than Uppingham in the heart of the County, and asking them if this really is Right for Rutland. A copy of the letter to Councillors is attached for your information.

PBG CUMMINGS – email:  pbgcummings@gmail.com

Letter to Cllrs – 24 Apr 18

 

North Luffenham Village Fun Day – 20 May 2018

On Sunday 20th May 18 from 2 – 5 pm the Village will hold a ‘Fun Day’ on the Oval. With sincere thanks to those that have come forward and offered to help we hope to be able to provide the following:

Chater Choir
Cream Teas
BBQ
Bar

Dog Show
Archery
Football Skills
Touch Rugby
Rounders
Basketball Hoops
Frisby Games
Boules
Croquet
Tug of War
Ice Creams

Thank you to all who have volunteered so far – to make the event a success, we will need more helpers and maybe a few more ideas – how about table-top sales or a few simple stalls like “Zap a Rat” or darts.

If you have some more ideas or would like to help with the event please call or email Paul Cummings:

Tel: 01780 720124 or pbgcummings@gmail.com

Invitations and further details will be published next weekend.

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