Following several periods of public consultation and a positive referendum result, the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan has been ‘made’ by Rutland County Council.
The plan sets out the local community’s views of how Uppingham should be developed from now until 2026 and was finalised by elected members at a meeting of the full council on Monday (January 11).
It now forms part of the statutory development plan for Rutland and will play an important role in the determination of planning applications in and around the town of Uppingham.
Portfolio holder for development at Rutland County Terry King (Con) said: “It has been a lengthy process but Uppingham’s Neighbourhood Plan is now made and provides the town with a comprehensive roadmap for planning and development at a local level.
“Following public consultation, independent examination and a referendum, Uppingham now has a robust set of plans that can help to deliver sustainable growth and bring further success for what is already a thriving community.”
Uppingham Town Council first submitted proposals to designate the boundary of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan area to Rutland County Council in September 2012.
The plan covers the whole of Uppingham parish, along with parts of Ayston parish, and was subject to a local referendum in July 2014, where 92 per cent of those who took part voted in favour of the document.
Developer Larkfleet Homes made several legal challenges to the plan, all of which failed.
It was largely led by Ron Simpson, who said: “The making of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan by Rutland County Council marks the beginning, not the end, of an important journey for Uppingham.
“This new era of community-led planning challenges traditional thinking and requires a bottom-up approach to development control from planning professionals and politicians.
“Uppingham is a fantastic place to live, work and play. The plan can only enhance its future prospects.”
A copy of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at www.rutland.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans.