The draft Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan has been examined by an independent Examiner, who issued his report on 31 March 2021, a referendum can now be held in the parish.
The Examiner has recommended a number of modifications to the Plan and that, subject to these modifications being accepted, it should proceed to referendum.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has considered and decided to accept all the Examiner’s recommended modifications and identified a number of additional changes required to meet the basic conditions.
Rushcliffe Borough Council therefore agree to the Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan proceeding to a referendum within the Parish of Ruddington.
All details will be agreed at a Council Cabinet Meeting on 8 June, 2021.
More information behind the decision
In 2017, Ruddington Parish Council, as the qualifying body, successfully applied for its parish area to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The Parish of Ruddington was designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 12 October 2017.
The plan was submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council on the 7 May 2020 and representations were invited from the public and other stakeholders, with the 6 week period for representations commencing in November and closing on 18 December 2020.
The Borough Council appointed an independent Examiner; David Kaiserman, to examine the Plan and to consider whether it meets the ‘Basic Conditions’ and other legal requirements, and whether it should proceed to referendum.
The Examiner has now completed his examination of the Plan and his report was provided to Rushcliffe Borough Council on the 31 March 2021. He has concluded that, subject to the implementation of the modifications set out in his report, the Plan meets the prescribed Basic Conditions and other statutory requirements and that it should proceed to referendum.
Having considered all of the Examiner’s recommendations and the reasons for them, the Borough Council has decided to make the modifications to the draft Plan, as set out at Appendix A, in order to ensure that the Plan meets the Basic Conditions and other legal requirements.
- The Examiner has recommended 32 modifications, including:
- Additional text explaining the housing requirements within Ruddington and information on the four allocated housing sites within the Rushcliffe Local Plan;
- Explaining the status of supporting strategies referred to within policies;
- The deletion of Policy 1 (Sustainable Access), Policy 4 (Areas ofImprovement), and Policy 6 (Housing Mix);
- The inclusions of an additional aspiration which seeks delivery ofsustainable transport options;
- Amendments to the Policy 3 (Acceptable uses in the village centre) andMap 5 to be consistent with the Rushcliffe Local Plan, updated useclasses, and permitted development rights;
- Inclusion of pedestrian links map (identified within Ruddington PedestrianStrategy); and
- Explanation of Green Belt policy and the release of Green Belt land fordevelopment on the edge of Ruddington.