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North Luffenham Response to RCC Local Plan

Individually we make a difference. Together we can make all the difference.

As advised during last weeks Zoom call, the Parish Council and Local Plan group are offering advice and input to village residents responding to the Local Plan Consultation
Local Parish Councils, CPRE and the Fight4Rutland campaign group have analysed the draft Local Plan and identified areas they feel should be challenged on the basis of either not being legal, sound, positively prepared or in line with National Guidelines.

  • Flawed Consultation Process 
  • Inaccurate  Population Projections 
  • Promoting unustainable Development
  • Poor Location of development
  • Overstating the housing supply requirements for Rutland
  • Location of affordable housing
  • Impact on Rutland Water area
  • Lack of sustainable transport

As you can see its quite a list! 
These issues need to be raised as part of this consultation process, to be brought to the attention of the Independent Inspector for the plan
If these issues are not formally challenged the Inspector will not investigate and rule on them

An overview of the details of the issues found with the plan are here:

If you are one of the 90% of village residents opposed to RCC’s plan, please do one of the actions below before November 6th

If you are happy for Fight4Rutland to raise these issues on your behalf, as part of their representation, they can add your name to the list of people supporting their submission via this link: Add me to Fight4Rutlands Local Plan Submissio

If you would like to make your own submission to RCC, based on the information in Fight4Rutlands document, the details are here:
Firgh4Rutland Sample Representation

If you need assistance with making your own submission, the Parish Council can help – email us on

Local Plan / SGB Response – Presentation Available

Many thanks to those who connected to the Zoom meeting on the Local Plan and SGB.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded from the link below for those who want to retain a copy, and for anyone who was not able to attend the call to view

The presentation includes the 9 Local Plan items that have been identified as vulnerable to challenge, and the sample representation described

This Post will expire at 8:44am on Monday November 23rd, 2020.

Bedroom Furniture for sale

Bedroom furniture consisting of double bed with leather headboard and Silentnight mattress with topper (£150). The bed has a sprung slatted base which makes moving much easier. I will dismantle for the buyer. 2x bedside tables (£25 each) and 1×5 drawer chest of drawers (£55). All matching in oak effect wood. Excellent condition as only ever used in a guest bedroom. Will sell items separately or as a suite. Buyer collects. Selling due to change in working conditions and having to convert spare room into an office. Photos of items can be provided.

Call 07769 322551 for further information

This Post will expire at 7:21am on Sunday November 22nd, 2020.

Don’t forget the Zoom Meeting covering SGB, Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan 7pm Thursday

The link to connect to the meeting is below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 1623 2231
Passcode: 342508

This Post will expire at 10:07pm on Saturday November 21st, 2020.

St Georges Barracks – Zoom Meeting on Local and Neighbourhood plans – Thursday 22nd October 7pm

As advised last week, there will be an online presentation via Zoom discussing both the Local and Neighbourhood Plans, on Thursday at 7pm

The link to connect to the meeting is below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 1623 2231
Passcode: 342508

To reduce background noise, all participants will join “muted”

If you have a question or comment, please raise your hand or otherwise indicate and a presenter will unmute you Please only one person speaking at a time

Keep comments brief to ensure everyone has the chance to speak

This Post will expire at 9:46pm on Wednesday November 18th, 2020.

Further Covid-19 Information from RCC – Care Homes and Covid Marshals

Adult Social Care winter plan
The Adult Social Care winter plan that was recently published by government had two
additional requirements attached to it regarding care homes. Firstly, a self-assessment
questionnaire to provide assurance with care market sustainability, which we are currently working on. The second relates to Care Quality Commission (CQC) designated COVID Care Homes.
The latter requirement is for each authority to have an identified care home that will care for COVID-positive patients in a secluded area within its establishment, with its own care and support staff who only working with COVID patients. This commissioning request has come to Adult Social Care (ASC) to facilitate and inform CQC of the identified home.
We have a very good relationship with all of our care homes and all have indicated
previously they would not take COVID-positive patients. ASC is therefore working closely
with County and City colleagues to identify homes where we may all be able to facilitate
COVID-positive hospital discharges.

Local Area Coordinators Scheme
Rutland County Council is required to have a Local Area Coordinators Scheme for Test,
Track and Trace. These are people who will knock on doors if people in Rutland have
received a positive COVID test but failed to respond to phone calls informing them they
are positive. All coordinators will be wearing the necessary PPE.
COVID Marshalls
The question of COVID Marshalls has been discussed in detail at RTCG. There is
agreement that COVID Marshals would be beneficial in our towns to remind people about the need to follow social distancing, wear masks and wash their hands regularly. This is in order to be as proactive and preventative as possible.
Contingency planning
RTCG is looking at ways to fund extra resources to enable contingencies, should we are
to enter the second tier in the new government tier system or even the highest third tier.
RTCG has also discussed the possible need to close less business critical areas of the
council if needed, to support business critical services if the second wave continues and
escalates further. Plans are being put in place so we can act quickly if required.
Self-isolation payments
People are now required by law to self-isolate, supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.
We have now set up a scheme which went live from 12th October to administer self-
isolation payments. We have had six claims to date.
Further details can be found on our website:

Finance updates
There have been various announcements this week including the suggestion that we will receive another non-ring fenced COVID-19 grant to support all aspects of work from a further £1bn fund. We await the details on this. A full round up of the COVID-19 funding position will be presented in the November Finance report to Cabinet.
Local lockdown grants
The Council previously received guidance in respect of a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG). This would involve making payments of up to £3,000 (revised from £1,500) to businesses (not only those who pay rates) which have closed or have been impacted by a local lockdown.
Some initial work has been undertaken and the Council will be stepping up plans to put
arrangements in place so we can respond if the need arise.

Latest Covid-19 Information for Rutland

  1. COVID-19
    a. Latest situation
    As of 4.00pm on Thursday 15 October, 673,622 people have tested positive for
    coronavirus in the UK.
    As of 4.00pm on Thursday 15 October, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 43,293 people have died across all settings within 28 days of a positive test.
    These figures will also be published on the daily dashboard:
    Rutland recorded 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the latest week (7-13 October). This equates to 110 cases per 100,000 people. The average area in England had 95.
    A total of 24 coronavirus-related deaths have been registered in Rutland as of 2 October.
    b. New COVID alert system
    The government has implemented a new three-tier ranking system for local authority areas across England, indicating the COVID threat level for each area. The three Local COVID Alert Levels are Medium, High and Very High.
    Rutland is currently ranked as Medium-risk, meaning:
     People must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than
    where a legal exemption applies)
     Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other
    than those that remain closed in law
     Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
     Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
     Schools remain open
     Places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
     Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
     Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or
    indoors if the rule of 6 is followed
    This is all in addition to following public health guidance about hand washing, face
    coverings and social distancing.
    People living in England can find the Local COVID Alert Level for their area by using a
    postcode checker on the government’s website.

Rutland Community Radio Project

After the change from Rutland Radio to Greatest Hits radio, RCC have started a project to potentially create a Community Radio station to provide local content for Rutland. Rob Persani has been appointed as the project leader.

A survey has been created to provide input for the project. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete, and can be found here:

More information can be found on the RCC web site –

This Post will expire at 7:05am on Monday December 14th, 2020.

St Georges Barracks – Zoom Meeting on Local and Neighbourhood plans – Thursday 22nd October 7pm

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the recent survey on preferences for a Covid safe meeting on the Local Plan from RCC and the Neighbourhood Plan being developed by the village.

The strong preference was for an online meeting, and this will be held via Zoom on Thursday 22nd October at 7pm.

Further details of the meeting, with the link and access details will be published closer to the event

This Post will expire at 10:49pm on Thursday November 12th, 2020.

Yet another survey!

We need your input on alternative options to inform the village on what is we are doing regarding the development of St Georges Barracks, and how you can help.

The Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Group would like to hold a meeting for the whole village to discuss how we can respond to the RCC Local Plan Consultation and manage future development via a Village Neighbourhood Plan. Covid 19 restrictions prevent us from having a large gathering in any of the village public places.

Could you please click the link below and indicate your preferred option for a meeting -there is only one question I promise 🙂

This Post will expire at 7:06pm on Sunday November 1st, 2020.

Support / Personal Assistant Needed

Support worker / Personal assistant needed, to help mum with friendly, disabled, teenage girls in S. Luffenham. Hours and tasks varied. Fair pay offered. No experience needed as training provided. Must be reliable, energetic, flexible, teamworker and keen to learn. Please call, text or Whatsapp Claudi on: 0780 329 2820

This Post will expire at 10:51am on Wednesday November 11th, 2020.

Village Survey 2020

We want your views! What is good about the village and what is not so good? How would you like it to develop in the next 10 to 20 years?

The foundation of the Neighbourhood Plan, currently being developed by a Working Group of North Luffenham Parish Council + residents , is what you, as villagers, say is important. As the name suggests the Neighbourhood Plan is a plan for the whole Parish, and if adopted has legal status and means that any development within the Parish must take account of its policies. A major factor in the decision to develop an NP is the proposed development of St Georges Barracks, and an NP would enable the village to have a significant influence on how the site is developed.

To find out exactly what you think and want, we have issued a new village survey – available both online and in paper hard copy. The purpose of this survey is to update and refresh the findings of the previous Village Survey, undertaken in 2017, to ensure our Neighbourhood Plan reflects what the Community wants to happen.

The Online version of the Village Survey 2020 can be found via the link below.

Villagers over 16 are welcome to complete the survey either individually or on behalf of members of your household. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Your opinions matter and will help to protect and enhance village life, so please complete the survey and attend and participate in the public meetings.

Paper copies of the questionnaire will be collected approximately 10-14 days after being delivered. It can be completed on the village website but please indicate in the boxes below that you have done so, when you hand in the form. 

There are comment boxes in each section of the questionnaire. Please feel free to use them, as any additional comments would be greatly appreciated in helping to form the correct picture of what you think and want.

You may feel that some of the questions are not relevant, not of interest to you or maybe you would prefer not to answer. If that is the case, please leave them unanswered. 

The responses will be analysed collectively and no individuals will be identified in any published results. 

Public meetings, when feasible, will be held to further inform and gather comments in order that the Neighbourhood Plan will have as wide a range of views as possible.

The Parish Council is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and any personal information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act. 

South Luffenham Table Top Sale – Saturday July 25th

Tabletop Sale
Have you had a good clear out whilst in lockdown? Have items that are too good for the tip? Would like to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer research?
On Saturday July 25th in the South Luffenham Village Hall there will be a tabletop sale from 10am-4pm to raise donations for Macmillan Cancer research as we will not be able to hold the usual coffee morning to support them in September. It will be carried out within the recently published Covid19 guidelines for Village Halls with numbers in the hall at any one time being monitored, gloves available and facilities for hand sanitiser and hand washing in place.
If you would like to donate items, please contact Tracy Steward and arrangements will be made to bring your items to the hall at least 3 days before the event. Tracy 01780 729006

VE Day Guides and Party Packs

Local company PennyGuides Ltd have VE Day party packs available to dress up your houses and family for social distancing parties at your home, garden or street.

They have also produced a free “D-Day to VE-day” app at telling the whole story for the 75th anniversary.

Please have a look, everything is in a pack for you to celebrate on one day what our previous generation did for us…follow the app; the surrender document in May is something else.

Order your pack online at and follow PennyGuides on Instagram, Facebook and their YouTube Channel. All at #pennyguides.

Please remember our war winning heroes as well as the NHS.

Have fun…as far as safely possible

VE Day Virtual Celebrations

An online VE Day celebration is being organised by North Luffenham based small business Penny Guides. Penny Guides, which preserves veteran’s stories within interactive battlefield tours was born of a conversation at @ The FOX pub.  The original plan for VE Day was to celebrate with activities and opportunities to gather and share veteran’s stories at the pub over the long weekend. The event has had to be planned a little differently now, with a combination of online and bottom of garden celebrations, activities for adults and children, joining in with the national toast and clap for veteran’s at 3 pm. A detailed agenda is attached. Let’s get the bunting out!

More details can be found on the PennyGuides Facebook page

NHS Scrubs Thank You!

The Sewing Bees of North Luffenham would like to thank everyone for their fabric donations.

Since last weekend, we have been busy washing, deconstructing, ironing, cutting out and repurposing your donations into scrub suits, hats & laundry bags.

We are still looking for more sewers, even if you can only manage a straight line or fancy a go at hats – there is still a huge demand locally for this PPE.

Please contact Liliane Coogan if you would to join our merry band of helpers 😊.

Here are a few of the hospitals, care homes and hospices that have already been delivered to:-

Peterborough City Hospital

Uppingham Surgery

Manton Hall

Rutland County Council

Sue Ryder Hospices

Meanwhile, you might recognise some familiar faces in some of our creations …

Tags handmade with love by children accompany our finished articles to the Donation Box in Ketton.

Many thanks for anything & everything you can do at this time.

More information on the whole programme here

Stay Safe 😊

NEEDED URGENTLY – Your unwanted fabric, duvet covers & pillow cases by the ”FOR THE LOVE OF SCRUBS STAMFORD & RUTLAND” sewers

We are asking all the residents of North Luffenham to donate their unwanted fabric to enable the making of the PPE being sewn by our local sewers.

All materials must be able to withstand 60C wash…

Duvet covers/Sheets – cotton/polycotton for scrubs outfits

Pillow cases – for laundry bags

Fat Squares – for headbands & surgical hats (2 needed per hat)

Any other cheery, fun fabric 😊

Also, any large buttons, thread and tape you may have stashed away

Please drop items off in a plastic bag at Liliane Coogan’s @

22 Sycamore Road (end of cul-de-sac on RHS)

Alternatively, we are happy to collect from your gate so do give Liliane a call on 01780 721047 and we’ll pick up.

If anyone in the village would like to start making any items, patterns are available on line & we now have 3 x patterns for Scrubs in the village available to loan.

Many thanks for anything & everything you can do at this time.

More information on the whole programme here

Stay Safe 😊

Rutland Services Open During Coronavirus Situation

Rutland County Council have produced a list of shops and services that are currently open during the current Coronavirus situation – you can access it at the link below