MP Nick Boles praises Uppingham’s neighbourhood plan

Planning minister Nick Boles, right, discusses the plan with town mayor David Casewell'Photo: MSMP150213-064js
Planning minister Nick Boles, right, discusses the plan with town mayor David Casewell'Photo: MSMP150213-064js
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An MP has praised a town’s neighbourhood plan after visiting the area last week and discussing ideas with councillors and businesses.

Planning Minister Nick Boles, who is MP for Grantham and Stamford, was invited to Uppingham to discuss the progress of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan.

During the visit, Mr Boles held a question and answer session at The Falcon Hotel, was given a tour of the town and proposed sites for potential development in an electric car supplied by the hotel and was shown the progress of the neighbourhood plan.

The neighbourhood plan is a document highlighting development sites and community facilities. It is being drawn up by the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan Task Group, on behalf of Uppingham Town Council.

Mr Boles said: “It was very interesting to see the town’s process of how they are putting the plan together.

“It’s good to see that the community has got involved and that many have had a say in what is right in terms of development for their town.

“It’s is such a lovely town and I enjoyed my visit.”

Coun Ron Simpson, who is the lead officer for the group, said: “It was nice to be able to give Mr Boles a look at the community and from our point of view it was really nice that he had chosen to come and discuss our plans with us.”

Deputy mayor of Uppingham Dave Ainslie said: “We were all pleased to see Mr Boles and his visit was very useful. He was very complementary about the town and enjoyed himself.”

Mr Boles praised the work of the task group and encouraged early contact with developers for potential sites. He spoke to businesses about the tax burden on small and medium sized enterprises, public sector expenditure and planning matters.

Mr Boles was taken to sites in Leicester Road, Seaton Road and Tods Piece. He also visited Uppingham Town Cricket Club and commended the work the club had done with the local community in raising funds for new developments at the ground, which include a new pavilion and pitches.

Chairman of the cricket ground committee, Dick Reeve, said: “Mr Boles was very impressed with the work we had done which was very pleasing indeed.”

At an Uppingham Town Council meeting, councillors voted to have a draft copy of the neighbourhood plan ready for consideration by the town council by April 30.