Empingham Parish Council

Serving the people of Empingham

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Clerk: Mrs Rowan Scholtz
9 Highfield Close, Empingham
Rutland LE15 8QB

Tel: 01780 460557

St. Georges Barracks/Full Council Meeting at Rutland County Council

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT ST GEORGE'S BARRACKS IN 2020/21 WILL, FOR THE FIRST TIME, BE CONSIDERED BY THE FULL COUNCIL AT THE RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL (RCC) MEETING IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, CATMOSE, OAKHAM FROM 7PM ON MONDAY 21 JANUARY 2019.

The public are welcome to attend the proceedings. RCC anticipates considerable public interest and RCC has made provision for the maximum seating possible in the Council Chamber (120). If required proceedings will also be broadcast to the Rutland County Museum.

The specific issue for consideration is RCC's planned bid in March to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for £30million to forward fund new infrastructure on the site and necessary improvements to existing infrastructure. The bid is based on the "Evolving Masterplan" for 2,215 new dwellings (plus 30 on the site of the current Edith Weston Primary School), a new primary school, shop, Health Centre and an area for business. The evolving masterplan is inter- related to both the Rutland Local Plan and planning permission although these are for separate decisions in the future.

A further 70 dwellings are also planned for the Officers Mess site at Edith Weston. A total of 2,315 new dwellings and facilities.

THE MEETING ON 21 JANUARY IS CRITICAL BECAUSE THE HOUSING NUMBERS IN THE HIF BID WILL EFFECTIVELY TIE RUTLAND TO DELIVER THOSE DWELLINGS AND FACILITIES.

EMPINGHAM RESIDENTS ARE THEREFORE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE PROCEEDINGS TO DEMONTRATE THE STRENGTH OF COMMUNITY FEELINGS ABOUT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT.

Parish Councils in the area are not convinced that a new town larger than Uppingham is either justified or in the best interests of Rutland. The County has always met its annual "independently assessed housing need" and the adopted Rutland Local Plan facilitates generic development in the two towns and villages. Future assessed housing needs can be met by sites already put forward for development. St George's is not therefore needed to meet Rutland's assessed requirements for housing. A new "town" larger than Uppingham will adversely affect the rural nature of the county

Representatives from Parishes neighbouring the St Georges Site will address the meeting site to highlight concerns about the scale and other important concerns about the proposed development.

Specific threats to Empingham include the possible loss of the medical centre and the primary school as well as a significant increase in traffic through the village both to and from the A1 (north) and Oakham.

Empingham Parish Council 19 January 2019

Posted: Sat, 19 Jan 2019 17:14 by Rowan Scholtz

Tags: Planning