Last month saw the completion of another important step for the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan, as it concluded a six week survey on 15th December to gather views on a set of planning policy ideas. In conjunction with an open day in November, the survey attracted opinions from almost 200 residents and businesses, providing a wealth of feedback for the team to begin formalising a complete set of statutory planning policies for Ruddington.
Over Christmas, the team were busy analysing the results of the survey in partnership with planning consultants Urban Imprint, and began work on a Design Guide that will aim to steer the look and feel of future developments.
The progress comes at a significant time for the village, with Rushcliffe Borough Council expected to announce its decision on the release for development of three Green Belt sites within the parish as part of its Local Plan soon, and the recent approval by the Planning Inspectorate of outline planning permission for 175 new homes on additional Green Belt land north of Asher Lane.
Last month also saw the launch of a campaign by Bloor Homes to promote and consult on their preparatory plans for 170 houses on Green Belt land west of Wilford Road, hosting a public consultation day at St Peter’s Rooms in early December and inviting feedback by 11th January through its website, www.wilfordroadruddington.co.uk.
The Neighbourhood Plan team now intend to press ahead with added determination, hoping to consult on a full draft Plan in the coming weeks, pass through examination and referendum, and put Ruddington’s planning policies into force as soon as possible. You can find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan at www.ruddingtonnp.org.uk, or follow its progress on Facebook and Twitter as ‘ruddingtonnp’.
Councillor Mark Pinks