You may recall from recent issues of The Rudd that the Parish Council has recently embarked on a Neighbourhood Plan project. Neighbourhood Plans are a community’s way of having a statutory say in the planned use of land in their area – something many residents have a view on, especially in light of the Rushcliffe Local Plan to grow the village in the coming years.
Although the Neighbourhood Plan will not have the power to alter Rushcliffe’s proposals, it will give legal weight to residents on how developments throughout the village take shape. It does this by consulting residents, forming planning policies based on their views, and holding a referendum on the final plan.
The process takes time and can be fairly technical, so the team recently employed Urban Imprint, a planning consultancy from Macclesfield, to help with the process. The Neighbourhood Plan team would like all residents, young and old, to have their say about the future of Ruddington, and will soon be hosting a series of consultation exercises to gather your views on planning aspects such as housing, roads, and green spaces.
Look out for a leaflet coming through your letterbox soon, which will contain details of an upcoming survey, and two consultation events at St Peter’s Rooms on 5th June from 3pm to 8pm, and 9th June from 10am to 4pm. You can find out more about the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan at www.ruddingtonnp.org.uk, or by searching for ‘Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan’ on Facebook and @RuddingtonNP on Twitter.
Councillor Mark Pinks