Category Archives: St Georges Barracks Development

Articles relating to the redevelopment of St Georges Barracks published by the Parish Council.

St George’s Barracks – Time for Action

RCC will shortly be making major decisions about the St George’s Barracks development. On 26th November 2018 they will consider an application for Housing Infrastructure Funds that will be used to pay for some of the infrastructure developments needed, if they are to build a new town in the heart of the County. Once this bid is submitted, the process will be underway and will develop a momentum that will be impossible to stop. If you do not support the proposal to build a new town on our doorstep,  we need your help to influence the outcome. Now is the “Time for Action”. How can you help?  

  • WRITE LETTERS to every Rutland County Councillor – Tell them what you think
  • ATTEND the meeting at Catmose on Monday 26th November at 7pm
  • ASK QUESTIONS at the meeting on 26th November.

We will shortly be writing to all residents explaining how they can help to influence the decision and providing details of how to contact all County Councillors and offer some of the issues that you may wish to address.

If you do nothing, this huge development that may take 40+ years to complete will be foist upon the County, with no regard to the impact on the lives of you and your families.

 

PBG Cummings  – Chair NLPC

Tel: 01780 720124 / email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

This Post will expire at 12:28pm on Friday November 30th, 2018.

St George’s Barracks – Presentation to RCC Scrutiny Panel

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.

Presentation Scrutiny Panel

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.”

CONFUSED BY THE RUTLAND LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION ??

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.

Consultation Rutland Local Plan Sep 18

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: localplan@rutland.gov.uk. 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:

S0379 Rutland Local Plan 2016 2036 04 ONLINE  and  S0379 Rutland Local Plan Additional Sites 03 ONLINE

RCC Formal response Forms:  Focussed Consultation Response Form   and  Additional Sites Response Form

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

CONSULTATION – LOCAL PLAN

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.

PBG Cummings

Chair NLPC – Tel 01780 720124

St George’s Barracks Project Update – 8 Aug 18

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

pbgcummings@gmail.com

St George’s Barracks Development – Update July 2018

Consultation.

The results of the consultation on St George’s Barracks development have now been published by Rutland County Council and can be found at:

Consultation Feedback


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.

Advisory Group.

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.

Working Group

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’.

Local Plan

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.

PBG CUMMINGS
Chair NLPC
pbgcummings@gmail.com

SGB – Visit to Bordon – Jul 18

Minutes – 23 July 2018

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – REVIEW MEETING – 22 JUN 18

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.

SGB Review 22 Jun – Merged V3

PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC

Tel: 01780 720124,   email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – HAVE YOUR SAY NOW

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:

SGB May 18 – V2

Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC

email:  pbgcummings@gmail.com

IMPORTANT – St GEORGE’S BARRACKS PLAN – FEEDBACK FORM

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

YOUR VIEWS WILL HELP THE COUNTY COUNCIL WITH THEIR PLANNING

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

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: www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk

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: www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk

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: stgeorges@rutland.gov.uk

 

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

RCC Response to North Luffenham / Edith Weston Concerns Paper

RCC have published their responses to the joint Concerns paper from North Luffenham / Edith Weston on the proposed St Georges Barracks development

It can be found on the RCC ST Georges Web page here:

https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-council/st-georges/

St Georges RCC Master Plan Consultation

RCC have confirmed that consultation around the first high-level plan for St George’s will take from 11th to 27th May 2018.

During this time local communities, the wider Rutland public and key stakeholder groups will be asked to share their views on the ideas and suggestions being put forward for discussion.

If you have any questions about the consultation or any of the information outlined above, please contact RCC via email: stgeorges@rutland.gov.uk

The following public events will take place 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 13 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

 

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

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