Minutes of a Meeting of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group
held in the Epworth Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 19 July 2017

Present: Cllr A Brock (Chairman)
Mr G Searle
Cllr R Lane
Cllr R Sutton
Ms C Thomson
Mr D StJohn
Mr J Davis

In attendance: Mr P J Storey (Clerk to King’s Somborne Parish Council)

Public Session: Mrs S Byram, Mr G Smith (TVBC) were present.

1. Chairman’s welcome and announcements

1.1 The Chairman welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming and especially Mr G Smith who would be providing guidance with regard to both the presentation and the review of the housing numbers

2. Apologies

2.1 Cllr K Hughes.

3. Previous meeting notes

3.1 Minutes of the previous meeting held on 5 July 2017 were accepted as a true record.

4. Matters arising

4.1 Some discussion took place on the need to provide pavements and, as minuted last time, this was only a requirement on new developments. However, a need existed at some locations within the Parish but quite often this was precluded by the existing road layout.

4.2 Mr G Smith from TVBC explained that there was a lack of clear Government guidance on how to calculate future housing numbers and advised that a range was preferred to a finite number or cap. He recommended, and it was subsequently agreed, that over the next 15 years our ideal should fall between 30 and 40 new homes.

4.3 The differing statistics related to population forecasts were discussed given that these gave rise to varying outcomes. The Small Area Population Forecast (SAPF) used by TVBC showed a declining population in our area whereas the Office for National Statistics forecast a rise. It was decided to go with a range that encompassed both the ONS and SAPF forecasts, though Mr Searle undertook to revisit our Plan numbers using the provided SAPF data.
Action: Mr G Searle

4.4 It is recommended that KSPC would undertake a regular review of the NDP according to need to ensure that the NDP plan (once approved) remained relevant.
Action: Clerk

4.5 Cllr Brock would circulate Mr G Smith’s TVBC link on guidance for NDP submission to Examiners for information.
Action: Cllr Brock

5. Declarations of Interest

5.1 None declared.

6. Review of consultation process

6.1 Some time was spent on reviewing the first draft of the slides supporting the public consultation and several minor amendments were agreed. The amended version would be circulated to SG members for final comment.
Action: Cllr Brock

Cllr Lane left the meeting at his point

7. Any other business.

7.1 Cllr Brock reminded everyone of the need to be present at the forthcoming Fun Day on the recreation ground to answer queries from the public on the Plan and encourage them to attend the public consultation on 27 July 2017.
Action: All

8. Date, time and place of next meeting – Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 7.00pm in the Epworth Hall, Winchester Road, King’s Somborne

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.30pm