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Have a say on Oakham Neighbourhood Plan at first event

High Street, Oakham. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250214-013ow EMN-140225-165953001
High Street, Oakham. File picture.'Photo: MSMP250214-013ow EMN-140225-165953001

The first in a series of events for people to have their say on the future of Oakham will be held on Saturday next week.

A steering group is working on driving forward the Oakham Neighbourhood Plan.

Up until now the group members have been: bringing themselves up to speed with what the plan can and cannot address; agreeing their terms of reference with the Neighbourhood Plan’s lead body Oakham Town Council; setting up a framework for working groups that will carry out specific tasks during the development of the plan and developing the first working groups to work on communications, the plan’s necessary evidence portfolio and producing photographs.

They’ve also been planning the first public engagement event, which will take place at the Victoria Hall in Oakham on Saturday, April 9, between 10.30am and 1pm.

During the event, people will have the opportunity to meet informally with members of the steering group and find out what the plan is all about and how it will shape the future of Oakham.

Liz Sanders, from the steering group, said: “We are now getting close to the time when we need your involvement and the involvement of local organisations and businesses.

“It’s your plan, your community and your choice and in case all the talking makes you dry, light refreshments will be served.”

People’s views will be sought on:

l Where should new developments be located?

l What types and styles of houses do you want to see?

l How important are and where do you want to have green spaces?

l What community buildings and facilities are needed to encourage residents and visitors to use the town?

l What would make you want to visit the High Street?

l Do we meet the needs of our children and the elderly in terms of buildings and infrastructure?

l Where and how do you want to see businesses develop?

Liz said this was the starting point for the development of the plan, which if approved, will eventually be used by Rutland County Council to guide developments in the future.

To get involved in the plan in any way or to find out more e-mail enquiries@oakhamtowncouncil.gov.uk


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