Whilst villagers are still reeling from the recent permission for 588 houses to be built in four brand new estates on Green Belt land around Ruddington, it now seems we ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet!!
A new document called the ‘Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan – Growth Options Consultation July 2020′ has just been published – with remarkably little fanfare – by Greater Nottingham Planning Partnership (GNPP). This is a body set up in 2008 which includes not only Rushcliffe Borough Council but also those of Broxtowe, Erewash, Gedling and Nottingham City, plus the Hucknall part of Ashfield District, and the two associated County Councils of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The partnership’s stated aim is “to prepare statutory strategic development plans which are consistent and provide a coherent policy framework across the area”.
Evidently that ‘consistent and coherent policy framework’ involves DOUBLING the size of Ruddington by 2038! An 111 page document accompanies a ten week consultation which began on 6th July and ends on 14th September 2020. The parts most relevant to our village are nicely tucked away on pages 97, 98 and 99 under Section R12:
Ruddington Extension – Village Expansion:
- R12.1 West of Pasture Lane
- R12.2 North Road
- R12.3 East of Loughborough Road
- R12.4 Land south of Wheatcroft Island, Flawforth Lane
Bizarrely, the new maps drawn up by GNPP (the Ruddington section is shown top) display existing ‘Core Strategy Sites’ like Fairham Pastures and Sharphill Wood but do NOT show the four Ruddington Green Belt areas (shown in blue below) which were recently approved in February as part of Rushcliffe’s Local Plan Part 2 for a total of 588 dwellings.
It’s clear most of the proposed, additional Ruddington sites are much larger and intended to accommodate thousands of properties – not just hundreds. These new, more remote estates would dwarf anything that’s already been approved in our village. Not only that, but if the building went ahead as drafted, Ruddington would be physically joined up with Clifton Estate to the West, Edwalton to the north and Bradmore to the south – with hundreds more acres of farmland concreted over and no Green Belt corridor remaining between our ‘village’ and other Nottingham conurbations.
Both Ruddington’s Labour Borough Councillors are dismayed by the plans. Cllr Jennifer Walker says: “I would like to encourage the residents of Ruddington to get online and make their written contribution to this Greater Strategic Design as soon as possible. We need to make it clear that Ruddington’s infrastructure is already struggling under the pressure of present and future housing. If it is truly ‘under consultation’ than public opinion will carry much weight especially in light of the Borough’s adoption of the Local Plan Part 2.”
Cllr Mike Gaunt adds: “Any hint or even a suggestion of building any new housing on Green Belt land around Ruddington is an outrage. The Local Plan Part 2 has hammered Ruddington with 588 new homes already and, as we have repeatedly pointed out, this is already overwhelming our village’s infrastructure. To build housing at the level suggested would see the end of Ruddington as an independent village and see its character permanently change. Councillor Walker and I will fight these proposals, but we will need the support of the community if we are to succeed. Please do contribute to the discussion.”
A spokesperson for Protect Ruddington – which campaigned long and hard against the 167 houses recently approved along Wilford Road – comments: “This is just appalling and outrageous. After all the Green Belt housing our village has already been forced to take, these new plans are unbelievable!”
Ruddington Parish Council confirms there will be no ‘physical’ event or public consultation regarding the ‘Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan’ at St Peter’s Rooms, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions. However, it is due to go on the agenda of the next Parish Council meeting which will take place via Zoom on Tuesday July 28th July. Comments for Councillors in advance by emailing email@example.com are welcomed – and you can ask to attend the meeting ‘virtually’, too.
Most importantly, Ruddingtonians are encouraged to give their opinions NOW via the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan consultation page which can be found >>HERE<<. Accompanying documentation to help you can be dowloaded from >>HERE<<.
The deadline to complete this consultation is September 14th 2020.