Welcome To Wilbur Chase!

Just when you thought our globally celebrated village pussycat couldn’t possibly receive any more accolades, the company behind a major Ruddington property development has named its new £60m housing estate after him! Following Rushcliffe Borough Council‘s granting of planning permission 18/00300/OUT last week for Avant Homes (Midlands) to build 175 dwellings on the 15.89 acre site south off Musters Road, the Nottingham based developer has announced it will be called ‘Wilbur Chase’! This is, of course, in homage to ‘Wilbur – King of Ruddington’, our unwittingly world famous feline, who left his owner’s home…

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So Now We’re Set For 588 Green Belt Homes

Two more property developers have been left rubbing their hands with glee – after both their major Ruddington planning applications were waved through without any modification or further conditions at this week’s Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) Planning Meeting. Following many years of public consultations and residents’ protests about housebuilding on Ruddington’s Green Belt, last night (Thu 13th Feb) it took less than two hours for eleven Planning Committee members in West Bridgford to decide that Bloor Homes‘ 167 properties would fit just nicely along Wilford Road – and that access, appearance,…

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Approval Recommended for 167 More Green Belt Houses

Ruddington’s two most fought-against Green Belt housing developments are up for discussion by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) planners this Thursday. The “reserved matters application to seek approval of the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the development of 175 new dwellings on land north of Asher Lane” 19/01983/REM follows the shock approval to allow building on this site back in May 2018. But it is the recommendation for Councillors to grant full planning permission to Bloor Homes for a further 167 new homes on the flood-prone agricultural land west…

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Prominent Pole To Go – But Not For Long!

An ‘eyesore’ mobile telecommunications mast at one of Ruddington’s green gateways – which was only erected in October 2017 after being controversially approved by Rushcliffe planners – is already set to be replaced. It seems the fifty foot tall ‘mono-pole’ alongside Wilford Road bordering Ruddington Grange Golf Course is no longer fit for purpose – despite being less that two and a half years’ old. New work which is set to take place over the next fortnight will mean further traffic disruption along this route whilst the current mast is taken down and a new one…

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Balmore To Get Bigger

Hot on the heels of planning approval being given to developers to build a major new retirement complex in Manor Park, Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) has also given the go-ahead for a major expansion of existing accommodation for elderly residents in Ruddington. Balmore Nursing Home has been granted permission for “two storey and single storey extensions to provide 24 additional bedrooms, an additional conservatory, further sitting room accommodation and additional car parking” on its four acre site at 245-247 Loughborough Road. “Demolition of ancillary buildings” is being allowed in order to…

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Ruth Wins Rushcliffe

As Conservatives across the country celebrate their party’s landslide victory in the 2019 General Election, there was no surprise for Ruddington – with the Tories easily retaining a seat they’ve held here for the past 49 years. It was in 1970 that The Rt Hon Kenneth Clark {pictured above with Ruth} won back the Rushcliffe Constituency from Labour’s Antony Gardner – with Mr Clarke serving as our MP ever since. After deciding to step down for this election, his replacement was Welsh cyber-security expert Ruth Edwards – who will now become our local…

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General Election 2019 – Our Candidates

In a UK General Election with an outcome that’s very difficult to predict, one thing is for certain: by the end of this week, Ruddington will have a new representative at Westminster! Of course, that’s because “Father of the House” and Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe for the past 49 years, The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke, has just retired at the age of 79. At the previous election on June 8th 2017 Mr Clarke secured 30,223 Conservative votes, with Labour in second place on 22,213 and the Lib Dems third with 2,759.…

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First Ruddington Green Belt Housing Approved

Linden Homes has become the first property developer to be granted full planning permission to build a new housing estate on Ruddington’s Green Belt by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) – as part of its recently approved Local Plan Part 2. This is despite the number of homes in the application being 12% more than were allocated by The Plan and local protests that the increased number of dwellings would mean the removal of dozens of mature trees on the Flawforth Lane site which border existing properties on Flawforth Avenue. At last night’s…

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Revised Application Fails to Reduce Number of Houses

Ruddington residents, Councillors and campaign groups are dismayed that an updated planning application for a major housing development on flood prone fields west of Wilford Road still shows no reduction in the proposed number of homes – despite it being for over a third more new properties than designated in Rushcliffe Borough Council‘s Local Plan. After nothing but public objections to Bloor Homes‘ previous submission, its latest plans for this soon to be rescinded area of our Green Belt are a slightly changed version of the application submitted in June this year. They include…

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Save Our Countryside!

In the wake of at least 525 new houses being approved on large chunks of our village Green Belt earlier this month, Ruddington Green Party is calling for anyone who cares about our countryside to sign a national petition to ‘Cease all new developments on Green Belt and greenfield sites across the country’. They say it’s “…a small way to respond the the encroachment and environmental damage which is being done locally.” Ruddington’s two Labour Borough Councillors – who were the only two members to vote against the approval of Rushcliffe Borough…

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