Regulation 19 Consultation on Rutland Local Plan – get involved!

Just a week to go. The team at Fight4Rutland has reminded me that we’ve only got until 6 November to engage with the final Consultation on the Local Plan.

How can you make a difference right now?

Rutland’s latest Local Plan has at its heart the building of 2,315 houses on the MoD’s St George’s Barracks site between North Luffenham and Edith Weston (yep, that’s very close to Morcott: if we think the Tip traffic is a problem you just wait….).

While Rutland needs new houses that people under 40 can afford to buy, it needs them in the right places: the sites identified in the 2017 Local Plan – around Oakham, Uppingham, Cottesmore, Ketton, Greetham and other ‘local service centre’ villages. It doesn’t need them all in one place close to Rutland Water, and the plan as it stands means the ‘garden community’ is more likely to be a car-dependent commuter town with little more than a corner shop and a cashpoint machine.

There’s one major stumbling block: at this point in the planning process a well-worded letter of protest won’t hack it. This is a technical Consultation in which the Local Plan is judged against the National Planning Policy Framework. Is it ‘sound’? Is it ‘legal’? Frankly, you need to be a planning geek to get your head around it all.

Fight4Rutland is a group of volunteers from around the county who are working hard to challenge RCC’s not-very-democratic processes: after all, well over 1000 people objected to plans for St George’s Barracks in 2018 but the Plan still includes it. With support from individuals and parish councils Fight4Rutland have raised enough money to get expert advice from planners and a QC so they can make a robust challenge. 

But we can do our bit too, and here’s how. You could make your own individual response in a manner that is compliant. There are guidance notes on RCC’s site and Fight4Rutland’s site to help you.

BUT I confess it’s not easy: you need to be really engaged with the process and possibly a planning nerd!

The much easier way is for us to add our individual names to Fight4Rutland’s official 10-point response. You can do that through their website.  

First, read F4R’s 10-point challenge to the Local Plan which I am attaching as a PDF document:

Then, to formally support F4R you need to give them your name, postcode and email address, which you can do via this link:

Rutland County Council is obliged to collate key objections and put them in front of an independent Planning Inspector who will judge the Local Plan against these four key tests.

  • Has the Local Plan been positively prepared?
  • Is it justified?
  • Is it effective?
  • Is it consistent with National Planning Policy?

Fight4Rutland deserves our support: while St George’s Barracks is the biggest single threat to England’s smallest county, there are other issues that concern residents and in the longer term Fight4Rutland can provide a focus for those who feel that individual voices are not heard.

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Rutland Gourmet’s Bonfire Night Takeaway

Sarah Rivett is offering a special Bonfire Night Takeaway for Thursday 5 November with food to appeal to adults and children alike.

The ‘main’ will be a Chunky Beef Chilli (made with slow-cooked chuck steak) served on Seasoned Jacket Potato Wedges with melted Cheddar and some sour cream and guacamole (£8.50/head). 

If you would like something more for the children, Sarah will have some Jumbo Hot Dogs (£4)  and for dessert there will be Apple & Toffee Muffins (£2.50)

This will be available for takeaway from 5pm on Thursday evening 5 November so please book your collection slot: Sarah would be grateful to have orders in by end of Tuesday next week.

Phone 747 909 or 07970 576882 or

There will be no takeaway this Friday (30 Oct) but Sarah will be delivering frozen meals as usual on Saturday.

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Halloween Pumpkin Trail – safe Trick or Treat fun

You might be surprised to know we have quite a few young children in the village, and they’re really looking forward to Trick or Treat on Saturday 31 October 2020. The Mums have come up with a good idea that is Covid-safe for everyone.

Here’s how you can help Morcott’s children have fun.

Put a pumpkin or even a picture of a pumpkin where the kids can see it from the road – a doorstep, windowsill, or front wall. If you’re feeling creative, carve it, light it, have fun but any pumpkin will do.

Parents will take their own children around Morcott in search of pumpkins. Every time one is spotted, Mum/Dad ‘treats’ their own children with a sweetie or treat of their choice.

This means no grumpy so-and-sos (and that includes the website admin) have to buy chocolate or hide behind the sofa in the dark until it’s all over! Simples.

Pumpkins out and ready for dusk on Saturday 31 October? Thank you!

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Remembrance Sunday in Morcott 2020

Sunday 8 November at 10.55am, in St Mary’s Church

The next service is Remembrance Sunday, and will be led by the Churchwardens. All welcome. The service will follow our usual approach as much as possible, but under Covid-19 restrictions, which means:

To enable us to plan socially-distanced seating, we ask you to book your places by phoning Jane on 747157. We hope to accommodate all who want to come, but it will help to know in advance, and enable us to keep a Track & Trace record.

  • There will be music, but no congregational hymn singing.
  • You must (unless medically exempt) wear a face-covering.
  • There will be a ‘retiring collection’ in aid of the Royal British Legion.
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Know anything about video/editing?

Our group of five churches is thinking ahead to Christmas projects. We’re looking for someone who can capture a short performance (2 or 3 minute clip) with a phone/camera and edit/splice the digital footage into a file that could be ‘played’ within a Zoom church service.

If you do, or you know a tech-savvy teenager or 20-something who can help, please get in touch with churchwarden Jane Williams on 07989 975 705. Thanks.

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Attempted burglary

Two men attempted to break in to a Morcott property on Saturday morning, in the resident’s absence. They were spotted by a neighbour who intervened, and they ran off.

Police are following up but this is a reminder that Rutland villages are a target for thieves from nearby towns.

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Friday Take-away from Rutland Gourmet

Takeaway this Friday 16th October – by request – is Chicken and Chorizo Paella served with a Spanish salad of tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, and black olives, dressed with olive oil, parsley and lemon juice for  £12/head. 

For two people with a bottle of 2014 Rioja Crianza – £35

This week’s special for delivery on Saturday is a butternut squash and cavalo nero lasagne with a salad of walnuts, pears and blue cheese with garlic baguette £20 for two,

07970 576882/01572 747909

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Update from Rutland Gourmet

Sarah will be doing another THURSDAY night takeaway this week (1 October) when she will be serving Chinese Braised Beef with Ginger served with steamed Jasmine Rice – £9.  She says “I will be slow cooking some shin of beef in Chinese spices and warming ginger.  This will be available for collection from 6 – 7 pm on Thursday.”

Next week Sarah will be doing a Fish & Chip Takeaway on Friday 9 October – the usual beer battered haddock and hand cut triple cooked chips at £8.50, mushy peas and tartare sauce £1 each.

Sarah will also be bringing back the weekly specials next week and will be kicking off with individual Fillet of Beef Wellington, with Dauphinoise Potato and Roasted Root Vegetables with a red wine jus £18/person.  Available for delivery on Saturday 10 October.

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FOR SALE: Overmantel Mirror

Due to moving house, a mirror 40” high x 52” wide, glass mirror, gold/silver mix with hint of pale green is up for sale.
Offers around £50.
If you’re interested, please ring Liz on 747 577

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Next Church Service in Morcott

Sunday 27 September at 9.30am.

A Transition service, so no Holy Communion. While we will have music thanks to Astrid Hazelwood on the organ, a volunteer will sing hymns ‘on behalf of’ the congregation who are able to sing/hum to themselves behind their masks.

Social distancing applies and we will be following the Church of England’s Government-approved rules.

This service is led by the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong – his first service in Morcott since March.

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