Survey Launched!

This weekend saw the launch of our neighbourhood survey, with over 3000 leaflets being delivered to every home and business in Ruddington. The survey aims to gather the views of the residents, workers and business owners in the village about a variety of planning issues that could affect the community in the years ahead.

To support the survey, two community events on 5th June and 9th June were also advertised on the leaflet, where villagers can find out more information about the Neighbourhood Plan, meet the team, ask questions, share their vision for Ruddington, and see some drop-in presentations from our town planning partners Urban Imprint.

Volunteers from across the community came out to help deliver the leaflets in the weekend sunshine, with some young family members from the project team even chipping in! Here’s three of our youngest helpers, armed with their special letterbox insertion tools (a.k.a., spatulas!).

Some of our younger Ruddington volunteers doing a brilliant job helping with the leaflet delivery at the weekend

Once the survey closes on 30th June, the data will be analysed and combined with the results of previous surveys (including the Village Plan consultation) to draft a set of Ruddington-specific planning policies for the community to approve, before compiling the final Neighbourhood Plan for submission to Rushcliffe Borough Council and holding a public referendum.

If you live, work, or own a business in Ruddington, it is vitally important that you air your views about the future of the village by completing the survey. All family members are encouraged to take part, even children (with a little help from mum and dad), so that the planning policies for Ruddington can be sure to represent the views of the whole community, young and old, and help shape the future of the village for years to come.

The survey can be accessed online here, or there are paper copies available at St Peter’s Rooms, Perkins Hardware, the Co-Op, Ruddington Medical Centre, and the library.

Have your say about the future development of Ruddington by 30th June!

Next Meeting: 24th May 2018

Come along to the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team, to be held on 24th May 2018 7.30pm at St Peter’s Rooms, where we’ll be talking about the two consultation events planned for early June and the progress made so far by our planning partners Urban Imprint. See the Meetings page to download the agenda.

Members of the public may make statements to the Project Team on any agenda item during the adjournment, and there will be a 30-minute session before the meeting closes where we’ll try to answer any questions you may have.

Next Meeting: 1st May 2018

Come along to the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team, to be held on 1st May 2018 7.30pm at St Peter’s Rooms, where we’ll be talking about our plans to consult the village. See the Meetings page to download the agenda.

Members of the public may make statements to the Project Team on any agenda item during the adjournment, and there will be a 30-minute session before the meeting closes where we’ll try to answer any questions you may have.

Town Planning Consultancy Appointed

On 20th February 2018, the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan Project Team selected Urban Imprint to assist with the development of the Plan. Urban Imprint is a town planning and urban design consultancy based in Macclesfield, and were highly recommended by Keyworth Parish Council and Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council following their own Neighbourhood Plan projects. Jo Gregory, Senior Planner at Urban Imprint, said:

“Thank you once again for confirming our commission to help you in the production of your Neighbourhood Plan. Ruddington is a beautiful village with a wealth of heritage assets, green spaces and a strong sense of community. We look forward to helping you, through this project, protect and enhance these assets and make the most of opportunities to maximise the quality of life for those who live, work and visit the village. The steering group have an excellent range of relevant expertise and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with you to make the most of the opportunities that Neighbourhood Planning provides.”

The team held its first meeting with Urban Imprint on 26th March 2018, where our progress to date and a plan of action were discussed, followed by a tour of the village.

Paul Reedman (left) and Jennifer Boniface (second from right) with Urban Imprint

Paul Reedman, Project Manager of the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan Team said:

“Urban Imprint have an impressive and proven track record in Neighbourhood Plan consultation. We are looking forward to working with their team of town planners and urban designers as they assist us with the various stages of community engagement and production of the Neighbourhood Plan, up to the point of referendum.”

Meet Urban Imprint at our consultation events soon.

New Government Grants Announced

In a press release issued on Monday, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government announced that a new round of funding for Neighbourhood Plan grants will be launched next month. The £23m fund will help communities such as Ruddington develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Applications for grants of £9000 can be made from 3rd April 2018.

Housing and Planning Minister Dominic Raab said:

Neighbourhood plans are a powerful tool to help communities shape their local area, making sure the right homes are built in the right places.

It’s vital that communities have the right support and advice available to help deliver a plan that meets their own ambitious aspirations. That’s why I’m making £23 million available that will help more groups to do this.

A new website has been launched to assist communities in the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan, assessment and processing of grant applications will be delivered by Locality, and Groundwork UK will administer approved grants.

The Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan Project Team will be applying for a grant soon.

Next Meeting: 27th March 2018

Come along to the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team, to be held on 27th March 2018 7.30pm at St Peter’s Rooms. See the Meetings page to download the agenda. Members of the public may make statements to the Project Team on any agenda item during the adjournment.

Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan website. Head over to our Events calendar to find out about upcoming consultation events, check out our Meetings page to find out when you can come to our next meeting, or see our Documents page to download our public documentation. Check back soon for more updates, and keep in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages.