Rampton & Woodbeck Parish Council

Serving the people of Rampton & Woodbeck

Clerk: Mr Ed Knox
24 Allison Avenue, Retford
Nottinghamshire DN22 7JS

Tel: 01777 711579

Rampton & Woodbeck Neighbourhood Plan

The production of the Rampton and Woodbeck Parish Neighbourhood Plan is being led by a Steering Group comprising of a small Working Party of local volunteers, with the support of the Rampton and Woodbeck Parish Council.
The success of the plan relied on ongoing input and support from local residents, businesses, land owners, and other organisations active within the parish.
Opportunities were provided for ALL members of the community to engage in and inform the production of the plan.

Latest Update & Public Consultation Period

The Neighbourhood Plan for Rampton and Woodbeck

Public Consultation Period

Rampton and woodbeck neighbourhood plan was subject to it's regulation 14 public consultation period from the 10th September until 5th November 2019.

There were two public events where people could come and view the document:

Saturday 28th Sep 2019 10:00-14:00 - Rampton Village Hall

Monday 7th Oct 2019 19:00-21:00 - Woodbeck Community Centre

All comments had to be made directly to the Parish Council, in writing by email to clerk@ramptonandwoodbeck-pc.gov.uk or by post to Rampton & Woodbeck Parish Council, 24 Allison Ave, Retford, DN22 7JS before the consultation closing date. An electronic copy of the draft Neighbourhood Plan document is located at the bottom of this page, together with all other supporting documentation.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans are a means by which local communities can have some control over future planning developments. They cannot prevent new developments but they can dictate what form those developments may take, for example affordable starter homes rather than "executive" luxury housing or in-fill rather than greenfield developments. When passed and approved by the local authority they are a legally enforceable document.

What is the process?

The Parish Council or a delegated sub-committee, (as is the case in Rampton and Woodbeck), of councillors and local residents are responsible for a process of public consultations and surveys to establish what sort of housing developments residents would like to see in their neighbourhood. Just as importantly, what they don't want to see developed. As a result of these consultations a Neighbourhood Plan is drafted and presented to the Parish Council for approval or redrafting. When approved the Council submits the Plan to the District Council for their approval. An important point here is that when drafting the Plan it must be consistent with the District Councils overall Plan for Bassetlaw. When passed by the District Council the Plan then must go to an external assessor before reaching the final stage of a referendum for residents to either approve or reject the Plan. We currently estimate this process should take eighteen months.

Results of the first survey

Last year we carried out a survey of all households in Rampton and Woodbeck. Although the response rate was low we have been infomed that a low response is not uncommon and not unique to Rampton and Woodbeck.

What people most liked about living in Rampton and Woodbeck was the rural atmosphere, easy access to the countryside and local village facilities but what they most disliked were poor public transport, pot holes/poor road maintenance and speeding vehicles, concerns that were repeated later in the questionnaire.

The sorts of developments that respondents most would like to see were family housing, low cost housing and bungalows. There was little or no support for luxury housing, care homes, flats or three storey houses.

Respondents would most prefer developments to be a number of smaller developments, conversion of existing buildings, in-fill developments or on brownfield land. There was little or no support for developments on greenfield and countryside sites and for larger developments. Unsurprisingly, there was a clear majority in agreement with the statement "new development should respect the local character, landscape and heritage of the Parish"..

All respondents agreed with the two statements that the Plan should "protect our natural environment such as public rights of way, trees, hedgerows, local wildlife and woodlands" and "protect our existing community facilities and green spaces like the Village Hall and playing fields". Over half agreed with the statement: "areas should be developed for renewable energy development". The principal concerns of the respondents about future developments were: impact on drainage and flooding, effects on road junctions/traffic and impact on the natural environment.

The sorts of facilities and amenities that the respondents would like to see in the Parish were improved bus service, improved broadband and healthcare facilities. The respondents prioritised addressing the following transport issues: improved road maintenance, speed of vehicles through the Parish and more off-road parking.

What are the next stages?

Based on the feedback from local residents the Plan was adjusted accordingly before submission to the Parish Council. We are currently final review stage of the draft Plan.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening (SEAHR) Report was received from Bassetlaw District Council on 2nd December. The SEAHR Screening is a process of checking the Neighbourhood Plan against environmental and sustainability regulations, and needs to be completed before the Neighbourhood Plan can be formally submitted to Bassetlaw District Council. The SEAHR Report also needs to be consulted upon (Bassetlaw District Council do this on our behalf, seeking views from statutory Historic England, Natural England, and the Environment Agency). Consultation began on 2nd Dec 2019 and ended on 6th January 2020.

Electronic copies of the full Plan will be available on request and from the Parish Council website.

The Parish Council will then submit the Draft Neighbourhood Plan to Bassetlaw District Council for the Independent Neighbourhood Plan Examiner to review it. If it then passes the examiner stage with no 'issues', Bassetlaw District Council will organise a grant funded referendum in the Parish. To pass, the Neighbourhood Plan into law, a majority of 50%+1 'yes' votes needs to be obtained. It is expected that Parish Council will instruct Bassetlaw District Council to commence the submission consultation (regulation 16) process.

Call for Sites


Open Days

Final Neighbourhood Plan Open Days:

Saturday 28th September 2019 Rampton Village Hall 10am-2pm

Monday 7th October 2019 Woodbeck, Woody's Bar 7pm-9pm

See attached flyer for further info


Minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings

Previous Updates

Jan 2018

And the winner is of the 1st Survey Prize Draw…

Elizabeth Russell-Duncombe – congratulations!!
£50 prize for returning your Rampton and Woodbeck Neighbourhood Plan survey is winging its way to you.

Thank you to all who returned their questionnaires.

Oct 2018

And the winner is of the 2nd Survey Prize Draw…

Sue Kyle – congratulations!!
£50 prize for returning your Rampton and Woodbeck Neighbourhood Plan survey is winging its way to you.

Thank you to all who returned their questionnaires.