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Keep up to date with the latest news from the North Luffenham Parish Council


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:

I attach a copy of a letter that I hope to get published in next week’s papers:

SGB May 18 – V2

Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC



If we are to be able to influence RCC’s view of the proposed development at St George’s Barracks it is essential that as many people as possible complete the Feedback Form. It doesn’t matter if you are for or against the proposals, your view is really important. We will have forms available at Village Day or complete on line:

Have Your Say


Village Day – Archery Returns to Butt Lane

In the Middle Ages archery practice was a feudal obligation, and every settlement had its practice area.

The origin of the name “Butt Lane” may come from Middle English butte which was a ‘mark for archery’, ‘target’, ‘goal’.

On Village Day (Sunday May 20th) Michael Anker will  be running “Have a Go” Archery taster sessions on the Oval at 3:30 by the cricket nets for anyone who would like to re-create the medieval use of the area (but with modern recurve bows )

All ages and abilities are welcome to give it a try

Michael will be taking donations for Dove Cottage Day Hospice at Ridlington from participants



Village Day – Fun Dog Show

There will be a fun dog show open to all on Village Day on Sunday 20th May

This will be held between 2.30pm – 3.30 pm in the Arena, and run by Paul Cummings

Judging will be on several fun categories, including:

• Sit & Stay

• Walk to Heel

• Sausage Catching

• Best Young Handler (Under 12 yrs)

• Best Fancy Dress – Dog & Handler

• Most Lovable Dog

Feel free to bring yourself and your dog along on the day


13th May 2018


On Friday 11th May, Rutland County Council released the first draft of the Master Plan ( 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.

Chair North Luffenham Parish Council
Tel: 01780 720124

St Georges Barracks – Masterplan Consultation

From RCC:

Consultation around the first high-level plan for the St George’s Barracks site in Rutland is now live, with full details available to view on a new, dedicated website:

During the consultation period local communities, the wider Rutland public and key stakeholder groups are all invited to share their views on the proposals being put forward for discussion.

The following public events are taking place from today as part of the consultation:

Activity Location Date Time
Open exhibition Victoria Hall, Oakham Friday 11 May 2018 3.00pm to 7.00pm
Open exhibition Victoria Hall, Oakham Saturday 12 May 2018 10.00am to 2.00pm
Open exhibition Oakham Library Monday 14 May to Sunday 27 May 2018 Normal Library opening hours
Presentation and drop-in session St Mary and St John Primary School, North Luffenham Wednesday 16 May 2018 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Drop-in session Uppingham Town Hall Thursday 17 May 2018 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Presentation and drop-in session Edith Weston Village Hall Wednesday 23 May 2018 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Drop-in session Ketton Library Wednesday 30 May 2018 2.00pm to 8.00pm

All of the materials available at these events, together with information that has already been published in relation to St George’s, can be viewed online at:

Feedback on the high-level St George’s plan can be submitted at any point during the consultation, which runs until the end of May. Feedback forms will be available at each of the events listed above, while it is also possible to submit comments direct via the new website.

If you have any questions about the consultation or any of the information outlined above, please contact us by emailing: