Minutes of a Meeting of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group
held in the Epworth Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017

Present: Cllr G Searle (Acting Chairman)
Mrs L Hodge
Cllr K Hughes
Mrs L Searle
Mr D StJohn

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

Public Session: Mrs S Byram, Ms C Thomson and Mr R Dyke was present.

1. Chairman’s welcome and announcements

1.1 The Chairman welcomed everyone; there were no announcements.

2. Apologies

2.1 Cllrs A Brock, Lane and R Sutton.

3. Previous meeting notes

3.1 Minutes of the previous meeting held on 22 November 2017 were accepted as a true record.

4. Matters arising

4.1 Para 4.1/6.2 The South Downs appraisal had been received and its contents were being incorporated into the draft NDP.

5. Declarations of Interest

5.1 None declared.

6. Review of site assessments

6.1 Discussion ensued on each of the five sites thought to have potential for development as outlined in the South Downs appraisal, in particular, the need to include a note on the definition of ‘open spaces’ where appropriate, redefine the preferred numbers of dwellings to be built rather than adhere to the recommended 30 per hectare, and justify accordingly. Some of the required editing could not be completed until TVBC had issued their numbers but in the end it was agreed our views should prevail albeit with strong justification where necessary.

6.2 Each of the five sites identified would now be prioritised looking at their suitability, achievability and availability and it was agreed after some lengthy discussion this would be best done by grading them on a 1 to 4 scale, 4 being the highest score, against those aspects to be considered. Mrs Hodge would e-mail a suitable template containing the aspects for consideration and scoring asap to individual SG members who then should score and return to her in time for her to collate and issue the results before the next meeting (one week’s time).

7. Any other business.

7.1 None.

8. Date, time and place of next meeting

8.1 Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 7.00pm in the Epworth Hall.

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30pm