Green Belt Development Plans Pulled … for Now!

The planning application to construct an archery range on agricultural land north of Ruddington has been withdrawn. After being told earlier this year they would be losing their current facilities in Wollaton Park, Wilford Bowmen were seeking a new site as a matter of urgency. Subsequently they applied for permission to Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) (22/00622/FUL) to change the use of a small part of the field east of Wilwell Cottage, accessed from Wilford Road (top), to house their new outdoor archery range. The application also included a parking area…

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New Team at the Top

After the biggest changes at Ruddington Parish Council for many years, those newly appointed to the most senior positions have been talking to RUDDINGTON.info about their hopes and plans for its future direction. Last week’s vote (on May 10th) saw the appointment of both a new Chair and a new Vice-Chair of the Parish Council: Cllr Graham Fletcher and Cllr Chloe Lewington respectively (pictured top). This was after the previous incumbents Cllr Allen Wood and Cllr Ken Piggott decided to stand down. The duo were thanked for their “continuous work and dedication…

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Ruddington Residents Air Crime Concerns

With Ruddington’s reported crime rate more than doubling during April*, this week village residents had the opportunity to meet up and discuss the issue of policing our village with Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards and representatives from Nottinghamshire Police. It follows the distribution of a ‘Ruddington Crime Survey’ to all households here last September asking villagers to give our views on crime and policing in our community. Ruth invited everyone who responded to the survey to meet her and police representatives in the Ruddington Arms this week, to discuss issues raised.…

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New School for Ruddington?

When NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group relocated from Easthorpe House to new premises in June 2020, the future of the Grade 2 listed Ruddington property looked rather uncertain. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing by then, for its landlords Carlton Street Trading finding new tenants for this large but attractive building off Loughborough Road was likely to prove more difficult than usual. Thankfully for them, in the interim, the generous and picturesque grounds have enabled both an open-air ‘Castle Rock Brewery Beer Festival’ and a ‘Pop-Up Beer Garden’ run by Annie’s Burger Shack to be…

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New Ruddington Green Belt Planning Application

Local archers may soon have a new location to practice their sport if an application to Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is successful – on green fields at the edge of Ruddington. Wilford Bowmen are seeking permission to change the use of agricultural land east Of Wilwell Cottage, alongside Wilford Road, to house an outdoor archery range with a parking area for twenty vehicles, access gate, storage containers and toilet block. It would use the existing access off the B680 north of Ruddington into what is currently the last remaining farmers’…

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Proposals for a New House on The Green

Plans to erect a contemporary, new dwelling in Ruddington’s conservation area, right alongside The Green, have been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC). If approved, the garage belonging to 6, The Green (‘The White House’) would be demolished to make way for a two storey home (plus attic room) to be built ‘next door’ – over the current garden. The new plot would total 265 square metres. Part of the front wall of what would remain of the current number 6 site would be permanently removed to allow a vehicle to…

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Positive Response to Solar Farm Plans

Proposals for a renewable energy park on current agricultural land to the south west of Ruddington seem to have received a mostly favourable reaction from villagers so far. Further details about this planned green power project were revealed today (Tuesday 22nd March) by Ridge Clean Energy during the first of its two public exhibitions being held in St Peter’s Rooms. The solar farm would be built on 99 hectares of arable land belonging to Ruddington Fields Farm and involve installing solar PV, batteries, access tracks and associated infrastructure. Display boards…

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Funding Boost for Museum

Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s historic Framework Knitters’ Museum say they’re “super happy” to have received new funding worth £62,925. The cash will be used for urgent structural, chimney, window and roofing repairs, as well as improving the heating and security at their Chapel Street tourist attraction. The award is part of a £48m national package of additional government support for museums and libraries in the UK from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England. The museum has already benefitted from extensive previous funding to help with its ambitious…

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Still School Disappointment for Some

At the start of this month we reported the joy of children in their final year at St Peter’s Junior School in Ruddington at securing their places at Rushcliffe Spencer Academy this September. Formerly Rushcliffe School, the West Bridgford secondary school has traditionally been the first choice for Year Six pupils in our village – allowing friends to stay together as they progress to ‘big’ school. In sharp contrast to the year before, and despite continuing pressure on school places, this time ‘National Offer Day’ (March 1st) resulted in every child at St…

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Ruddington’s State of the Art Green Energy Park

Ridge Clean Energy are proposing a renewable energy park, consisting of a solar farm and battery energy storage system, on land to the south west of Ruddington Village. We have been developing, constructing and operating clean energy projects in Great Britain since 2003 and are keen to elevate the importance of producing domestic, homegrown, clean renewable energy. Fair Oaks Renewable Energy Park would generate as much electricity as is used by approximately 11,200 homes annually, offsetting carbon emissions from fossil fuel generators. We work in partnership with many areas of the community including landowners, councils,…

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