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Review of Langham Neighbourhood Plan (LNP).

January 2021

Langham’s award-winning 2018 Neighbourhood Plan (LNP) is currently being updated by a Steering Group set up by Langham Parish Council (LPC).

Why is the LNP being updated now?

There are three reasons

  • Rutland County Council is producing a new Local Plan, due to be published in early 2022 and we need to ensure the LNP aligns with the policies therein
  • National Planning Guidelines have changed somewhat and, again, we must check that the policies in the LNP are consistent with National Policy
  • The requirements and views of the community of Langham may have changed over the 4 years since its publication in 2017 and it is recommended that any Neighbourhood Plan be reviewed every 4/5 years to ensure that it is still relevant to the community it protects.

Where can I view the current LNP?

The current LNP can be accessed at www.langham-pc.gov.uk,

What changes might we expect?

The Steering Group does not anticipate radical change to the Policies set out in the current plan but:

  • The wording of some Policies will benefit from improvement so that they cannot be misinterpreted
  • Some new policies – around biodiversity and energy renewal – might be more relevant today than they were in 2017
  • There is an opportunity to streamline the document now that we have the experience of producing the first version and the benefit of hindsight.

The role we need you to play.

Whilst the Steering Group will drive this project and do much of the work there are two roles that the community can play, one of which is helpful and the other essential

  • It would be helpful if the Steering Group could enlist help in such things as putting up posters, posting flyers, proof reading, IT skills etc – this will help share the workload
  • It is essential that any changes that are suggested by the Steering Group are supported by the community. So we will regularly put one or two Policies on the website – with the proposed changes alongside, and ask you, members of the community ,to give your views on the changes. The final version of all Policies will then reflect the views of the majority who respond.

In an ideal world we would hold public meetings and have discussions to achieve this, but, alas, Covid will not allow it – and our deadline is driven by the 2022 publication of RCC’s emerging Local Plan.

We will continue to keep you updated on the LPC website, along with posters and articles in Langham News.

So please keep looking at the website – and if you have a neighbour who cannot access the website, perhaps you could ensure they are kept updated and are able to offer their views via you.

Thank you

LNP Steering Group (Pat Ovington, Jennifer Maskell, Tim Maskell, Penny Viner, Alex Marshall)

Parish Council - Our Latest News as of 7 January 2021

The most appropriate greeting from the Parish Council at the beginning of this New Year is to wish you all well and safe as we move forward through a difficult winter with some hope for a healthier future and much uncertainty about what will be the new ‘normal’ lives when the restrictions on our lives can be lifted.

In the meantime your Parish Council continues to work on your behalf and we can start with some good news.

Funding for Munday’s Close Community Park: We have secured a grant from FCC Communities Funding, a grant giving body funded by the landfill operator FCC Environment, for over £50,000 which together with a small contribution from our funds will enable us to renovate and improve the equipment in our Community Park. The aim is to provide equipment which will enable a greater range of age groups to enjoy activities in the park.  We would really like your help deciding exactly what equipment we buy and install. There is a short survey on our website (www.langham-pc.gov.uk) which shows you the equipment we are thinking about and asks for your views. PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AND COMPLETE THIS SURVEY BY 1 FEBRUARY.

Parish Precept 2021/22: More good news!  After careful consideration of the Parish Council’s budget for the coming financial year we are pleased to tell you that we have decided that we will not need to ask households to contribute more to the costs incurred in our parish.  There will be no increase in the amount of money raised for this Parish Council through your Council Tax in 2021/22.

Lock on Gate to Munday’s Close Community Park and Burial Ground; After the last Parish Council meeting in 2020, which was held in November, we became aware of an imminent risk that the land could be occupied by trespassers and we needed to take swift action to deter such occupation despite any inconvenience caused. We decided locking the gate and displaying a phone number for those who needed to gain access was the sensible response. Our January 28th Parish Council Meeting will be the first opportunity to formally discuss the risk assessment and determine appropriate action going forward.

Virtual Parish Council Meetings: As you will be aware, we are holding virtual Parish Council meetings on Zoom.  Please attend and also speak at the meetings if you want to.  Details on how to join our Zoom meetings are published with our agendas displayed on Notice Boards around the village and on our Website www.langham-pc.gov.uk

Verges Bio Diversity Project: Volunteers have prepared and planted the first verge with wildflower seeds, to the north side of Mickley Lane.   Verges that have been planted are marked with small blue heart shaped signs.  Progress has been delayed elsewhere after discovering we need an Environmental Licence from RCC to plant the other selected verges around the village.  We expect to receive this licence shortly.  Extra volunteers to help with the project would still be very welcome.  If you are interested please contact Marian Markham or Cllr Richard Besant, their details are available from the Parish Clerk.

Langham Neighbourhood Plan (LNP) Review The 5-strong Steering Group set up by LPC to review the Langham Neighbourhood Plan has started work. The five have managed two ZOOM meetings and are in a position now to keep you all regularly updated with progress and to call on you all for essential help. So please keep checking the LPC website Langham-pc.gov.uk and the Langham News for their updates.

Brenda Palmer

Chairman – Langham Parish Council 

Notice of Co-option

LANGHAM PARISH COUNCIL WILL BE CO-OPTING FOR A CASUAL VACANCY AT A FUTURE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

A person co-opted to fill a casual vacancy on the Parish Council must fulfil the same criteria as a person being formally nominated for a candidate at an election. The person must either be on the current Register of Electors for Langham and/or during the previous 12 months prior to appointment by co-option, either have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the parish, or had their principal or only place of work in the parish, or have resided either in the parish or within 3 miles of the parish boundary. 

The person should also not be disqualified for election under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972. Broadly, this relates to holding a paid office under the Town Council, bankruptcy, having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 3 months without the option of a fine during the 5 years preceding the co-option, or being disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

Any interested persons are asked to contact the Clerk to Langham Parish Council in the first instance:

  or 01572 759554 

Vehicle Access to Munday's Close, Burial Ground and Community Park

The vehicle access gate to Munday's Close area will from now on be shut and locked at all times for security reasons. Pedestrian access is not affected.

There is no public vehicular right of way along Mickley Lane and is restricted to the landowners. Anyone with a genuine need for vehicle access to Munday's Close, the Burial Ground or the Community Park should call the number on the notice affixed to the gate to get the combination. The combination will be changed weekly.

Allotments - the offical car park for the allotments is at Burley Road end. LPC have recently paid to have the area cleared of bushes and scrub, although it is still a work in progress. There is currently room for at least 3 cars to be parked there.

Future Healthcare Survey

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are proposing changes to the healthcare provision for the area.

You can have your say on the changed by taking this survey www.betterhospitalsleicester.nhs.uk - Have Your Say!