We did it!

After almost four years of hard work, we are pleased to say that Ruddington now has an official Neighborhood Plan! At the referendum held on 22nd July 2021, over 1000 residents came out to vote, with more than 90% voting in favour – a fantastic result that the whole team are very proud of.

Following the result, Paul Reedman, chair of the team, said “We were really pleased with the overwhelming support the Neighbourhood Plan received in the referendum. Our village now has a real say in future development in the Parish.

Mike Gaunt, Ruddington Parish Councillor and Rushcliffe Borough Councillor, added “This is fantastic news for Ruddington after many years of dedicated hard work by an amazing bunch of local Ruddington volunteers. Hopefully now having a Neighbourhood Plan can mean that Ruddington will be able to engage positively in the local planning around our village rather than feeling like we are always fighting against it. A really special thanks is needed for all of those involved as it has been a long and difficult process for them. Thank you!”

Head over to our Documents page to download the ‘made’ Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan!

Who? What? why?

It’s been nearly 4 years since we started the journey of writing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ruddington – much longer than we imagined at the start – so you’d be forgiven for forgetting what it’s all about! With the public referendum coming this Thursday 22nd July 2021, we thought it might be helpful to give you a quick recap of what it is, who wrote it, and why.

Put simply, Neighbourhood Plans give communities the powers to shape the development of their local area. It is a set of planning policies written by Ruddington Parish Council after a series of extensive village consultations, and, if passed by the referendum, will become a part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Local Plan. It can’t stop the development of the new housing estates set out by the Local Plan, but it does give the residents and businesses of Ruddington a statutory say in how they will look, and what those developments should provide – things like a design guide, what infrastructure and amenities we want, and what green spaces we we want to protect. You can read more about Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans, Ruddington’s “Village Plan”, and all their differences and similarities on our About page.

Another benefit of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it will mean the Parish Council will receive more money to provide better services. All the new housing developments being built in the village have to pay a levy to Rushcliffe Borough Council to pay for community improvements, and currently Ruddington Parish Council receive just 15% of that levy. If the referendum approves the Neighbourhood Plan, the Parish Council will receive another 10% on top – potentially a lot of money, which will help pay for improvements to our village, such as a new community centre.

Where a community has a Parish Council, then it must be that Parish Council that drafts the Neighbourhood Plan. Way back in 2017, Ruddington Parish Council agreed to start work on the plan, and set up a team of volunteers from the community to conduct the necessary research and consulations required. You can read about the team that worked on the plan here.

One of the first and biggest steps we took was to ask the village what its priorities were. Back in June 2018, almost 1000 residents and businesses shared their views, which became the basis for the planning policies being voted on in the referendum. Read what the village had to say in June 2018 here.

Of course, it wasn’t all based on a single consultation. Once we started to distill what the village had to say and sketch out some ideas for policies, we had another consulation – and then another one once we’d written the first draft of the plan. Being a legal document, there were a lot of things we had to do in the 3 and a half years since we started. You can get an idea of how it all panned out on our Roadmap page.

And if you really want to dig into our research and decision making, all our documentation can be found here, along with minutes from our meetings, all held in public, here.

What’s actually IN the plan, though? Well, in the run up to the referendum, you can read the full thing over on Rushcliffe Borough Council’s website here. But everyone’s busy, and it’s a big document, so here’s our run down of what it covers:

  • The Plan contains policies covering 8 areas. These are Village Centre, Housing, Connectivity, Heritage, Economy, Design and Sustainability, Environment and Community Infrastructure. There is also a 3-part Design Guide, The Ruddington Design Guide (RDG), which supports the Neighbourhood Plan and is a standalone design guidance document that will carry weight in local decision-making relating to new development proposals. The findings of the RDG will inform specific design policies of the RNP and provide further detail for those wanting to submit planning applications in the parish.
  • Village centre policies can be found from page 25 of the RNP document. These include provision of pedestrian infrastructure and parking, as well as preventing the use of solid shutters and box lighting on shops.
  • Housing policies begin on page 31 and cover the delivery of custom or self-build residential properties. There is also an aspiration that Ruddington Parish Council will work with local community organisations to bring forward a ‘community right to build order’ to deliver specific types of development identified by the community such as new homes, shops, businesses, community facilities or playgrounds, which comply with the order. The Parish Council will lead such projects and seek to work with the Borough Council to utilise the ‘community right to build order’ and incorporate it into the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Connectivity policies start at page 33. These include the creation of a network of safe and well-surfaced footpaths, a cycle network (covered by a cycle strategy), as well as the provision of adequate parking spaces and electric charging points at new developments.
  • Heritage policies can be found from page 41. These policies place restrictions on new development in, or adjacent to, the Conservation Area. In addition, planning applications must take into account the impact of development on non-designated heritage assets in the village, seeking to protect and, where appropriate, enhance them. There is a policy designed to protect the views, vistas, landmarks and gateways in our village.
  • Economy policies begin on page 45. These policies cover any proposed future development at Mere Way Business Park including traffic management, the provision of sufficient parking and of solar panels. A policy on home working is included.
  • Design and sustainability policies start at page 48. Policies here detail the requirements of the Ruddington Design Guide, energy efficiency, landscaping and biodiversity.
  • Environment policies commence on page 54. This section details how applications may be supported where they demonstrate that they have preserved or enhanced the network of green infrastructure within Ruddington as set out. There is an aspiration to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect and enhance the existing wildlife assets within the Parish.
  • Community infrastructure policies start on page 58.
  • Policies here support applications seeking to deliver the provision of new community facilities or re-purpose existing facilities. This includes care homes, open spaces, sport and recreation facilities, public houses, heritage and museum facilities, educational and religious facilities and health facilities. Local Green Spaces (LGS) have been identified due to their special character, significance, and community value. The sites will be protected from inappropriate development that will lead to the loss or degradation of these green spaces.

Now that you have read the available information we do hope that you will take this opportunity to “Vote Yes” and to give Ruddington a significant voice in the decision making process on future planning.

See you at the referendum!

Final Consultation

As you might expect, COVID-19 has had an impact on the progress of our Neighbourhood Plan. However, we’re pleased to report that the final consultation on the Plan has now been organised! Rushcliffe Borough Council, our planning authority, will be conducting the consultation, which will run from Friday 6th November 2020 until Friday 18th December 2020.

By now, you’ll probably be aware of the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, which includes the possibility of housing development at a further four sites in Ruddington in addition to those already approved. Whilst we all hope this won’t happen, the Neighbourhood Plan is the means by which our Community has a direct impact upon any future building in Ruddington. The Plan carries weight in law, so it’s worth taking part… it’s vital that you do!

When the Consultation commences, you’ll be able to access the Plan, and comment on it at the Ruddington section of Rushcliffe’s Neighbourhood Plan web page: https://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/planningpolicy/neighbourhoodplanning/.
Alternatively, contact the Parish Council and they’ll arrange for you to view the Neighbourhood Plan and complete a paper copy of the Consultation. Please note that paper submissions must include your name. Whether you comment online or on paper, you’re not limited to one submission per household – everyone living at your address can comment if they wish. Once complete, paper copies can be submitted to John King at Rushcliffe Borough Council, or be returned to the Parish Council Office who’ll submit them for you.

Please find the time to take part in this consultation. It is a vitally important contribution to the future of our village. The more people contribute, the more representative the Neighbourhood Plan will ultimately be.

Regulation 14 Consultation Launches

You haven’t heard much about the Neighbourhood Plan recently, but we’ve been working hard in conjunction with our consultants, Urban Imprint. So much so that we’ve completed the first draft of our plan! And now, we want to know what you think about the progress that’s been made.

Today sees the launch of the next phase of the Neighbourhood Plan process, as the team gathers your views on the draft plan. The plan is based on what you’ve told us in the 2018 survey and your feedback on our Emerging Policies document, and contains policies covering areas such as housing, design, the environment and infrastructure.

The consultation process will run until Monday 23rd December 2019. The draft plan is available to view on the Regulation 14 Consultation page, which includes a summary and signposting document. The team invites Ruddington residents, workers and business owners to tell us what you think of the plan by completing a survey at ruddingtonnp.org.uk/survey3/. Paper copies of the draft plan are also available to view at Ruddington Library, Jaspers Café, The Black Cat Café, The Old Bakehouse, Ruddington Medical Centre, the Village Hall and St Peter’s Rooms.

A community consultation event will be held at St Peter’s Rooms on Saturday 16th November, from 10am to 2pm, where the team will be on hand to hear your views about the draft plan. Paper copies of the survey will be available and there’ll also be a laptop which you can use to complete it online if you wish. See the event page for further details.

Please find the time to look at the draft plan and complete this very important survey, as it will help to shape the final Neighbourhood Plan. It’s easy to complete as it’s just a case of offering any comments you have. And if you’re happy with what you see and don’t have any specific points to make, just tell us you like the plan. It really can be that simple.

When the consultation has closed, the team will analyse your feedback, make any necessary revisions and move into the final stages of the Neighbourhood Plan process, culminating in a public referendum in Spring 2020.

Ruddington Development Design Guide ‘Village Walks’ – Volunteers Needed! 

**Please note that this article was posted in 2019, and the Design Guide is now complete**

Are you interested In preserving the look and feel of Ruddington as a Village? The Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan Project team (RNP) are calling for volunteer residents to join them on the next stage of the RNP – The Design Guide.

The Design Guide is being developed as part of the Neighbourhood Plan but can also be used as a standalone document and carries weight in local decision making relating to development proposals. The first stage of Design Guide creation is carrying out what are known as ‘Walkovers’ – whereby Project Team members, consultants and members of the public walk around the key areas of the village, discussing and identifying key features of the villagescape and landscape that contribute to Ruddington’s character.

The Village Walks will take place in the early evening over two dates. One focussing on small scale development and the other on large scale developments.

To register your interest…

Anyone living in Ruddington is welcome to register their interest in joining the walk, and families are welcome to bring children along! No experience or specific knowledge is required. Places will be granted on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay!  Please ensure you are available on the given dates and times before registering.

Tuesday 20th August 6.30pm 2019
Small Development Village Walk

Thursday 22nd August 6.30pm 2019
Large Development Walk

Please email office@ruddingtonparishcouncil.gov.uk with your name, contact details, the ward you live in and which walk you would prefer to join. Registration closes Wednesday 14th August 2019

Both walks will start at St Peter’s Rooms where welcome refreshments will be served and finish at approximately 8.30pm. Please note that there will be a fair amount of walking required, albeit it will be at a slow place with plenty of stops.

Next Meeting: 16th July 2019

Come along to the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team, to be held on Tuesday 16th July 2019 7.30pm at St Peter’s Rooms, where we’ll be talking about our progress on a Design Guide for Ruddington and our Evidence Base documents. 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: 12th February 2019

Come along to the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team, to be held on Tuesday 12th Febraury 2019 7.30pm at St Peter’s Rooms, where we’ll be talking about our progress on a Design Guide for Ruddington. 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: 4th December 2018

Come along to the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team, to be held on Tuesday 4th December 2018 7.30pm at St Peter’s Rooms, where we’ll be talking about our plans to consult the village on the draft policies based on the results of the survey. 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.

Your Priorities, Your Policies

It seems like quite a while since the village-wide survey in June, but the Neighbourhood Plan team have been busy in the background preparing for the next stage of the project. The results of June’s survey provided invaluable data that will steer the content of the Neighbourhood Plan, with over 900 villagers, workers and business owners in Ruddington declaring what their priorities for the village were. In September, the team worked with planning partners Urban Imprint to draft an ‘Emerging Policies’ document, based on the results of that survey, which presents a vision for Ruddington, a set of objectives, and a number of policy aims and aspirations.

The next stage of the process is to verify that these aims and aspirations meet the expectations of the village, and are accepted as a fair representation of the survey results. Launching this Saturday 3rd November 2018 and running for six weeks, the team will be running the “Your Priorities, Your Policies” survey, inviting people to review the vision, objectives, policy aims and aspirations, and feed back any changes that might be needed. The survey will be accompanied by an open day at St Peter’s Rooms on Saturday 10th November, where the team will be on hand with Urban Imprint to hear your views on the policy aims, and answer any questions you may have. Once the survey closes, the work of drafting the actual planning policies will begin, to be compiled into a full Neighbourhood Plan for consultation sometime next spring.

Check back this Saturday for a link to the survey, and Have Your Say!

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