Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests received in relation to St George’s, together with the responses to these requests, have been published and can be viewed below.

l

Question

Please can you supply me with the full details of the Memorandum of Understanding between Rutland County Council and the MOD that covers St Georges Barracks?

 

Response

l

Question

Can you advise the legal advice on the applicability of the Crichel Down rules for disposal of Government Land obtained under Compulsory Purchase provided to the CEO of RCC regarding the proposed development of St Georges Barracks

 

Response

l

Question

St Georges Barracks Report 54/2018
Please share the documentary evidence showing community engagement, stakeholder ambitions for the site that then support ambitions to build 1500-3000 homes.

 

Response

l

Question

Please share the documentary evidence showing how 1,500 -3,000 homes in a rural county alongside villages of circa 400 – 500 homes is not seen as ‘over – development’.

 

Response

l

Question

The calculations behind and social, environmental & infrastructure justification for, ‘Effectively c70 homes’ on land in such proximity to Edith Weston that should the proposed be developed would see an over 23% increase in housing in the immediate area – without even considering the so called ‘garden village’

 

Response

l

Question

In relation to informal consultation. With whom, when and where? where are the minutes? How was this published prior to the event?

 

Response

l

Question

Have any external consultants been used or approached, if so who, for when, for what purpose, and at what costs?

 

Response

l

Question

Have any land agents approached RCC or has RCC consulted some?

 

Response

l

Question

In relation to the Hampshire employees who stood back at the Focus Group sessions on 29 January 2018;

a. What are their names, positions in HCC or other business?

 

Response

l

Question

b. Who paid their travel expenses?

 

Response

l

Question

c. Did they and do they continue to play a part in the St Georges proposed development?

 

Response

l

Question

d. What role do they play?

 

Response

l

Question

e. Who in RCC made the decision to appoint RegenCo?

 

Response

l

Question

f. How is RegenCo’s appointment reported and understood by stakeholders?
RCC have been open at all events that Regenco have been commissioned to deliver the Master Plan

 

Response

l

Question

In relation to agreed site layouts and unit densities, house types and numbers;

a. What layouts, unit densities, house types and how many numbers?

 

Response

l

Question

b. Who has previously agreed this

 

Response

l

Question

In relation to marketing outside of the RCC area, what would be the projected cost of any such marketing, at what stage(s) would this take place?

 

Response

l

Question

How much more funds will be need to released? Is this in addition to the £850k and the £1m?

 

Response

l

Question

In relation to Site Investigation and Risk Mitigation. What methodology will be used to make public the full findings of the surveys

 

Response

l

Question

If costs exceeding £1m for design fees require Cabinet and Council approval from where it will be sourced and what will be sacrificed or postponed for its provision?

 

Response

l

Question

In relation to starter homes;
a. What precise quantity will there be?

 

Response

l

Question

b. What would be the actual as a % of the yearly build rate?

 

Response

l

Question

c. What is RCC’s definition of ‘Starter Home’?

 

Response

l

Question

d. Their value in terms of realistic attainment for Rutland new buyers?

 

Response

l

Question

Why are circa £1m of capital receipts un-allocated?

 

Response

l

Question

Clarification is sought for multiple conflict of interests of Cllr Hemsley and the Chief Executive Officer by sitting on multiple boards which then report to each other?

 

Response

l

Question

How can I be assured there will be no more ‘informal’ consultations, decisions and planning meetings?

 

Response

l

Question

Why are you considering marketing outside the area when Cllr Hemsley is quoted in the press as saying ‘… shared commitment to guard against over-development and make sure whatever is built in the future meets the needs of Rutland and the people who live here.’

 

Response

l

Question

Cllr Hemsley also sitting on Cabinet and Council, holding portfolio for ROPE which is shown as separate participant on the delivery board. Surely the entire multiple board chair and seat is a most incestuous and unhappy state of affairs. Please clarify how Cllr Hemsley sees all this as being correct, moral and acceptable in the eyes of the people.

 

Response

l

Question

I see that £850,000 was approved by Cabinet for the feasibility study on the St Georges Barracks Officers Mess site

Can I request a breakdown of the budget for this amount – obviously this can be redacted with regard to the commercial entities I assume will be involved, however the amounts for a high level line items overview should not be commercially sensitive

 

Response

l

Question

Please provide a copy of the submitted Rutland County Council’s bid for funding under the Housing Infrastructure Fund

 

Response

l

Question

A copy of the Master Plan covering the proposed development.

 

Response

l

Question

A statement of the internalisation percentage used for the incremental peak hour traffic increase calculation; as well as the outcome of that calculation included in both of the above documents.

 

Response

l

Question

The calculations behind and social, environmental & infrastructure justification for, ‘Effectively c70 homes’ on land in such proximity to Edith Weston that should the proposed be developed would see an over 23% increase in housing in the immediate area – without even considering the so called ‘garden village’

 

Response

l

Question

Please supply Master Plan detail, showing the calculations as requested originally.

 

Response

l

Question

Who in RCC made the decision to appoint RegenCo?

 

Response

l

Question

If the Monitoring Officer authorised the decision, once again, WHO made the decision?

 

Response

l

Question

Prior to the appointment of RegenCo, what if any due diligence was undertaken?

 

Response

l

Question

What consultations were undertaken with North Luffenham Golf Club prior to the release of the Masterplan? Please supply written evidence.

 

Response

l

Question

When was the infrastructure survey undertaken, what scope was issued to RegenCo? Please supply written evidence.

 

Response

l

Question

Masterplan extract: ‘The proposed population of the new community needs to reflect the Government’s objective of making the best possible use of available land. The population needs a critical mass to enable the provision of ……’
a) This simply states a political message, that of government of the day. How does this message sit with any change of government and shift in possible priorities? Please supply written evidence and assessments

 

Response

l

Question

b) Given the predicted duration of any development build phase, how will the ‘critical mass’ align with rising costs in an unknown world and potential the for escalating out of control i.e. new technology raw materials and unstable economies in rising markets? Please supply written evidence and assessments

 

Response

l

Question

‘our shared vision’ who makes up the ‘our’?

 

Response

l

Question

The open space in the new development in its current guise is quoted as 60%.
a) Does this include the quarry?

 

Response

l

Question

b) What other areas of note make up the 60%?

 

Response

l

Question

c) Are house gardens included?

 

Response

l

Question

Councillor Hemsley quotes figures of 200 to 300 thousand new homes needed. How many homes could be built on the land being sat on by speculative developers?

 

Response

l

Question

Councillor Hemsley says the minerals contained within the area of the base are unknown.
So why are there no test bore holes being drilled in the area designated for housing outside the runways? Then the minerals would then be known.

 

Response

l

Question

The current Masterplan consultation for the redevelopment of St.George’s Barracks makes reference to two supporting pieces of work.
In section 6 there is a reference to a ‘high level transport assessment ‘; please provide me with a copy of this assessment.

 

Response

l

Question

In section 7 there is a reference to ecological surveys that were undertaken in March 2018. Please provide me with a copy of these surveys. I also request copies of any reports that interpret and/ or analyse the surveys or any associated communication, be it by letter, email or other format that sought to clarify the surveys or their interpretation or raised questions (or provided answers) relating to the conclusions.

 

Response

l

Question

I understand that there have been a number of meetings between Rutland County Council and/or the Ministry of Defence (and/or its agencies) and/or consultants working on their behalf and Historic England to seek advice in relation to the St.George’s Barracks redevelopment (including the old airfield) and the conservation of the Thor Missile Site at former RAF North Luffenham (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1400806).
Please can you provide me with the following information:
The dates of the meetings (and or any telephone or computer accessed conference calls) that have taken place to date in relation to the above. Who attended the meetings (and/or conference calls) and which organisation they were representing.

 

Response

l

Question

Please provide copies of the agenda and any papers circulated before, during or after any of these meetings or conference calls.

 

Response

l

Question

Copies of any minutes, file notes, emails or similar written or recorded information that provide a record of what advice was offered by Historic England and what was discussed and agreed (including any action points).

 

Response

l

Question

Please provide copies of any email exchanges (or other form of written or recorded conversation) that have taken place as a result of liaison between the St.George’s Barracks Redevelopment Partnership and Historic England with respect to the Thor Missile Site at former RAF North Luffenham (or in relation to any other heritage features at this location).

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise if the Housing Infrastructure Funding bid for the St Georges Barracks development bid documents can be released?

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise if this bid is dependent upon a minimum number of houses being built on the site?

 

Response

l

Question

At what stage during the development will the funding be released if the bid is successful?

 

Response

l

Question

What funding sources have RCC MOD or Regenco applied for in relation to the consultation document that has been shared with local villages recently

 

Response

l

Question

What is the present position regarding said funding.

 

Response

l

Question

There is a large number of affordable sized housing on or around the MOD land at present, a large proportion of these seem to be empty already. Please state what proportion of the total are empty?

 

Response

l

Question

When these properties are no longer required, why can’t they be rented out by MOD for local people who may need them?

 

Response

l

Question

What appeal stages are available to local residents?

 

Response

l

Question

Can any new “Local Plan for Rutland” be amended or overridden by the Secretary of State?

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise how many valid responses you have received during this consultation exercise (about SGB development) ending on 15/6/18? Please also advise how many responses were in favour of the proposed development and how many were against?

 

Response

l

Question

What amount of extra funding has Rutland County Council (RCC) applied for, and from whom, to assist with and as an encouragement to make this proposal? When will such funding be available and what conditions apply to any payment? Please also advise whether such funds are available for similar smaller projects and what the detailed scaled payments are?

 

Response

l

Question

What monetary gain will RCC make from the disposal of any land by MOD at SGB?

 

Response

l

Question

What costs have been incurred by RCC to date on this proposal and what anticipated expenditure and return is expected within the life of this project? Please detail agreed and anticipated budgets.

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise whether RCC is claiming funds from other neighbouring authorities because of overbuilding its own requirement of extra housing and offering to sell their quota to those authorities struggling to meet theirs?

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise what extra housing central government had asked RCC to provide during the next 30 years before it knew of this windfall of disposal of land by the MOD?

 

Response

l

Question

What is the smallest number of properties that MOD will accept on this site? What is the MOD’s expectation of total income to be generated from the site, split between housing development income, heritage site retention (missile sites) income and mineral deposits extraction income?

 

Response

l

Question

How many existing residential properties do MOD have control of (including those Managed for them under lease back arrangements) in the close vicinity to SGB (including all those in Pennine Drive, Chiltern Drive, Mendip Road, Severn Crescent, Weiland Road, Coniston Road, Crummock Avenue, Derwent Road, Windermere Road and Ullswater Road). How many of these properties are currently vacant?

 

Response

l

Question

Is this period of consultation (ending 15/6/18) about the SGB proposals the last opportunity for residents to challenge the proposals or will there be more time to consider it in more detail? Please detail the timeline.

 

Response

l

Question

lf RCC+MOD are minded to amend or halt the proposals In line with the Rutland’s population protests, when will RCC endeavour to incorporate any new plans into “The Local Plan For Rutland”? Will there be any further consultation on that plan and when will this start and end? What appeal stages are available to local residents?

 

Response

l

Question

Can any new resultant “Local plan for Rutland” be amended or overridden by the Secretary of State?

 

Response

l

Question

Has the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) been made aware of the proposal and proximity of properties to mining extraction facilities and if so what recommendations and/or stipulations have they imposed?

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise how many valid responses you have received during this consultation exercise about SGB development ending on 15/6/18? Please also advise how many responses were in favour of the proposed development and how many were against?

 

Response

l

Question

Please advise how a conflict of interest can be genuinely avoided when the RCC’s own planning department will eventually make decisions on its own council’s development proposals? Surely a neighbouring authority, with no gain or leverage interests on the development plan, should be asked to make completely independent planning decisions on a project of such importance and scale?

 

Response

l

Question

We are interested in the protection of wild and natural habitat in and around Rutland Water especially in regard to any risk to wildlife, flora and fauna near Edith Weston that may be exerted on the surrounding countryside if and when St George’s Barracks redevelopment takes place as currently being proposed and under consultation? In this regard we understand that Natural England have undertaken and presented to RCC a survey of the possible effect, items for consideration and /or possible damaging aspects that any redevelopment may have on wildlife and so our question for Rutland County Council made under the Freedom of Information Act is as follows:
Could you please confirm that a recent survey (or surveys) have been presented to Rutland County Council or the MOD covering the above topic (whether by Natural England or any other such body)? If this is correct and/or reports and surveys have been received, could you please email copies of any such survey for our information please?

 

Response

l

Question

On 7th August 2018 I received a letter from a Planning Advisor of Natural England informing me that Natural England have provided discretionary advice to consultants working on the St George’s Barracks/RAF North Luffenham development.
I should be grateful, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to receive details (ideally an emailed printed copy) of this advice, as well as details of any other communications between Rutland County Council (or its consultants) and Natural England relating to the St George’s Barracks/RAF North Luffenham development. I should also be grateful under this act to receive copies of communications between Natural England and the Ministry of Defence (dealing with the St George’s/RAF North Luffenham development) that Rutland County Council may have on record.

 

Response

l

Question

A document was tabled at the meeting’ St Georges Advisory Group’ by Mr Newton in regards to housing need.

When will Rutland Councillors decide whether they want Rutland to grow organically or expand massively? What arguments are the Councillors going to adopt when the site gets to the planning submission/examination stage that are compelling to have such a massive excess of houses over and above what the Government expects of the Authority.

Cllr Gordon Brown stated that historically Local Authorities were required to go out and obtain a Strategic Market Housing Assessment. RCC’s was done on a sub-regional basis including South Kesteven, Rutland, Peterborough and Boston. The assessment over the last 4 years produced a range of 150 – 171. Cllr Brown explained that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is clear and states to use the new formulate approach except those compelling reasons not to. Cllr Brown stated that many Local Plan’s objectively assessed needs are well below the formula identified in the new NPPF. Rutland’s objectively assessed needs states that Rutland County needs to do more. The number is based on the average house price and income. Cllr Brown explained that Rutland has a high proportion of people who have retired to Rutland with high pensions and a high number of people who are well paid which makes the average income for Rutland artificially high and the prices high which does not give you the actual assessed need for Rutland. Cllr Brown stated that 160 was the right number for Rutland under the old methodology. This was done prior to St George’s. Cllr Brown advised that Rutland had a demographic problem in its younger age group and housing needed to be provided for that group. Cllr Waller asked if the 160 was a figure across the other Authorities. Cllr Brown stated this was purely for Rutland.

A discussion took place in regards to the Quarry Farm site. Quarry Farm has 600 dwellings earmarked within the Rutland boundary. Cllr Brown and Mrs Briggs stated that the 600 dwellings would not work without the other part of the development due to not having the necessary infrastructure in place to support. Mrs Briggs explained that it was in Rutland’s best interests to work around the duty to co-operate to make sure that the school provision and the road network provision was appropriate for the whole of the site and not just Rutland.

1. Cllr Waller asked if the 160 was a figure across the other Authorities. Cllr Brown stated this was purely for Rutland. What are the figures for our neighbouring Authorities?

 

Response

l

Question

2. Cllr Brown stated that 160 was the right number for Rutland under the old methodology. What is the figure under the current methodology

 

Response

l

Question

3. If the proposed number of St G dwellings are built, If the houses are of the size identified (2/3 bedroom), If the houses are mixed stock to include shared ownership, starter homes and social housing, If the number of jobs needed are found within Rutland, what will the data do to the forecasting and that figure of 160?

 

Response