Final draft of town plan for Uppingham is complete

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The final draft of a document that will shape the future of residential and business developments in Uppingham is now complete.

After months of consultation and planning, the Uppingham Town Neighbourhood Plan is ready to be submitted to Rutland County Council.

The plan is a 40-page document that highlights where and how the town can be developed.

There are a number of sections in the plan that discuss key issues such as technology and infrastructure, tourism, industry and employment, retail development and transport.

In the plan, 170 homes have been earmarked for sites in Branston Road and Leicester Road, which would be built in a number of phases over 13 years. Housing association Spire Homes is currently in consultation with the town council, county council and residents on how the land in Branston Road could be used for new homes.

The main site for employment development is Uppingham Gate.

There is also a section on how to preserve green space and parks, and plans for Tods Piece.

The plan is a Government based scheme that aims to give local communities a chance to have a say on plans for their area. It has been put together by the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan Task Group, on behalf of Uppingham Town Council, following consultations with groups and businesses in the town and gaining advice from town planning experts and planning minister Nick Boles, who is MP for Grantham and Stamford.

The council was due to consider the plan at a special meeting yesterday evening.

Chairman of the task group Ron Simpson said: “The support we’ve had for the document has been very encouraging.

“Everyone has worked well together and it’s great that we will have a plan for our town that reflects what the community wants.”

If approved by Rutland County Council and signed off by an external examiner, a local referendum will be held so residents can support or refute the final document.

If 50 per cent of the voters approve the contents of the plan, Rutland County Council must bring it into force.

Mr Simpson said the final document should be completed by October.