Planning for the future of Ryhall and Belmesthorpe
Ryhall Parish Council will be discussing the action it needs to take following the village Open Meeting on Neighbourhood Planning held in November. This is an update on the meeting and the responses to it so far. Although it was gratifying to see so many parishioners at the meeting it seems that there is not enough support to take forward a Neighbourhood Plan ( NHP)
Only six of the 43 people who signed up for information on the night came forward and even some of those expressed reservations about commitment. To undertake an NHP at least 8 – 10 volunteers are needed initially , and overall up to 20 participants with a variety of skills could, or should, be involved as the plan may well take up to two years to complete.
As highlighted at the presentation it is not possible for the parish council members to undertake a NHP on their own although they are keen to encourage and support members of the public to take up the project. To gather more knowledge on the NHP procedure, the Council Clerk attended an East Midlands NHP networking event in Market Harborough, as it was then hoped that there would be enough volunteers for a working party. As that is not the case it is unlikely that the parish will be undertaking a NHP at this time.
Ryhall Parish Council will formally discuss the next move at its next meeting on Monday 16th January 2017. It may consider taking forward a revision of the parish plan. This would be a basic vision for the future of the parish covering all areas, including planning and development. However, a parish plan does not have the same statutory status as a NHP with regard to material planning considerations. Its contribution to the local development plan for Rutland will consequently carry less weight. A council spokesman said ‘ Whatever happens , parishioners can be assured that Ryhall Parish Council will continue to monitor developments in Rutland and South Kesteven in its determination to secure the best outcome for the community’