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Rutland County Council to update Planning Inspectorate in May after decision to reject Government funding for St George's Barracks housing plans

Discussions about whether proposals to build a garden community at St George's Barracks in North Luffenham are still viable are continuing.

Rutland County Council has written to the Planning Inspectorate to confirm when it intends to provide an update on the Local Plan examination after it rejected £29.4m of funding.

At a meeting on March 22, the council rejected the Housing Infrastructure Funding (HIF) which would have been spent on the vital infrastructure needed for garden community proposals at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham.

St George's Barracks at North Luffenham
St George's Barracks at North Luffenham

Following confirmation from the Planning Inspectorate that Rutland’s Local Plan examination would need to be paused until there is clarity on the possible implications of this decision, discussions are ongoing about funding for infrastructure and the viability of current St George's garden community proposals.

Once concluded, the outcome of these discussions will be reported back to a future full council meeting, possibly in May. Following this meeting, the council hopes to be able to confirm its position regarding the Local Plan examination.

Leader of the council Oliver Hemsley (Con) said: "Full council has made its democratic decision on the Housing Infrastructure Fund and voted not to accept the grant that was offered to Rutland. As stated in the report presented to councillors last week, this will have an impact on our Local Plan, which lists St George’s Barracks as a development site and was itself approved by full council.

“Rutland must have a viable Local Plan to manage future development in the county. Options include looking at whether current St George’s garden community proposals can be delivered by closing the funding gap left by the absence of HIF, or whether we will need to revisit the Local Plan. We hope that a further report with recommendations can brought back for councillors to consider in May.”

The agenda and reports for full council on Monday, March 22, can be viewed online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/meetings. Further information about Rutland’s Local Plan can be also be found at: www.rutland.gov.uk/localplanreview.

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