Minutes of a Meeting of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group
held in the Epworth Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017

Present: Cllr A Brock (Chairman)
Mrs F Dunger
Cllr K Hughes
Cllr R Lane
Mr P Nickless (from para 6.1)
Mr G Searle
Cllr R Sutton

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

Public Session: Ms C Thomson was also present.

1. Chairman’s welcome and announcements

1.1 The Chairman welcomed those present.

2. Apologies

2.1 None.

3. Previous meeting notes

3.1 Minutes of the previous meeting held on 8 March 2017 were accepted as a true record.

4. Matters arising

4.1 Para 4.2 The Housing Survey analysis being undertaken by Action Hampshire was still awaited.

4.2 Para 7.3 and 8.1 The Housing Group was in the process of reviewing Brownfield, infill and infilling sites to identify numbers of dwellings and options on each site.
Action: Mr Nickless

5. Declarations of Interest

5.1 None declared.

6. NDP drafting progress

6.1 The Group reviewed in detail the Design Guidance draft and minor amendments were made. Ms Thomson’s comprehensive work on local open spaces (LAGs) and sites of interest was acknowledged. Mr Nickless’ draft and Mr Searle’s draft were awaiting the outcome of the Housing Needs analysis before their drafts could be tabled for discussion. Some debate took place on the dwelling options offered by existing SHLAAs and the likely disparity between those SHLAAs accepted currently by TVBC and the outcome of the Housing Group’s analysis of dwelling options acceptable.

6.2 SG members would continue to take suitable photographs to reinforce the Plan’s contents; Mrs Dunger offered to look after examples of building architecture to support the Design Guidance section.
Action: All

6.3 Cllr Lane would seek and independent builder’s opinion on the contents of the draft Design Guidance notes.
Action: Cllr Lane

6.4 All agreed on the need to preserve the landscape and retain the countryside views from various higher vantage points around the Parish, in particular, keeping future development below the 45m above sea level mark thus keeping the village dwellings in the valley.

7. Housing needs update

7.1 The survey results were now unlikely to be available before early April which was extremely disappointing as it delayed further work by two groups.

8. Any other business

8.1 None.

9. Date, time and place of next meeting – Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 7.00pm in the Epworth Hall, Winchester Road, King’s Somborne (one week later than previously planned)

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.10pm