I have been studying the Master Plan for the St George’s Barracks development since it was released a few weeks ago. As many of you will have read, the Council’s intention is for sustainable, mixed-use housing with supporting infrastructure, a business zone, community facilities, dedicated green spaces, and leisure and recreation.
First of all, I have to say that I was disappointed that the time given for people to give their considered opinions on the Master Plan was only a few short weeks – I feel this is insufficient given the scale of this proposed development. I have discussed this with the Leader of the Council, Oliver Hemsley, and am pleased to hear the deadline has now been extended until 15th June.
I have received a lot of comments from constituents, many reasonable, and some not quite so. I agree with those who are clear that we must preserve the distinctive identities of North Luffenham and Edith Weston and also to ensure the right infrastructure is in place right from the start. I am meeting with representatives of both Parish Councils later this week, as I know both have a number of concerns they would like properly addressed.
I must also agree with those who are confused about the nature of this invitation for views and opinions. I wish the Council would not use the word “consultation” when it is in fact not a formal consultation.
I will be writing to the Council next week with my formal feedback on the Master Plan. If you would like me to pursue any particular points more vigorously I would be happy to do this on your behalf. Please do write to my House of Commons office or, for the sake of speed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.