Agenda and draft minutes

Local Plan Project Advisory Group
Thursday, 24th October, 2019 10.30 am, CANCELLED

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    Items
    No. Item

    25.

    Election of Chairman

    Minutes:

    It was moved by Councillor E A Biggs, duly seconded and agreed that Councillor C D Zosseder be elected Chairman of the meeting.

     

    26.

    Apologies

    To receive any apologies for absence.

    Minutes:

    It was noted that apologies for absence had been received from Councillors J S Back, T A Bond and S C Manion, and Messrs Robin Green, Keith Gowland, Mark Huntley, Matthew Jaenicke, Stuart Jaenicke and Richard Ralph.

     

    27.

    Appointment of Substitute Members

    To note appointments of Substitute Members.

    Minutes:

    It was noted that there were no substitute members appointed. 

     

    28.

    Declarations of Interest

    To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

     

    29.

    Overview of the Initial Findings of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

    To receive the attached report and presentation (previously circulated to the meeting held on 17 October 2019), and to consider the findings in relation to the following:

     

    ·         Ringwould

    ·         Kingsdown

    ·         Tilmanstone

    ·         Shepherdswell

    ·         Eythorne and Elvington

    ·         Eastry

    ·         East Studdal (Sutton)

    ·         East Langdon

    ·         Ripple

    Minutes:

    The Policy and Projects Manager (PPM) introduced the report which detailed the initial findings of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA), the aim of which was to identify a future supply of land that was suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development over the Local Plan period.   With individual sites classified as green, amber or red according to their suitability for development, the settlements covered in the report were as follows:

     

    ·         Ringwould

    ·         Kingsdown

    ·         Tilmanstone

    ·         Shepherdswell

    ·         Eythorne and Elvington

    ·         Eastry

    ·         East Studdal (Sutton)

    ·         East Langdon

    ·         Ripple

        

    Tilmanstone

     

    Members were advised that Quinn Estates had put forward three sites in Tilmanstone, including an area of land adjacent to the public house.  Proportionality would be the key issue for Tilmanstone.

     

    Shepherdswell with Coldred

     

    Shepherdswell with Coldred was considered to be a sustainable settlement, and large areas of land had been put forward.  SHE007 had been put forward at the time of the last HELAA but its development was not supported by Officers.  Whilst SHE004 had potential, possibly linked with SHE001, it was unlikely that all of it would be developed.   The development of the red part of SHE001 was not supported as it was an exposed site.  In respect of SHE004, the Head of Planning, Regeneration and Development (HPRD) advised that the North Downs Way footpath would be incorporated into the development and properly integrated into the scheme’s design.  Councillor N S Kenton commented that SHE003 was a problematic site which was unlikely to be developed unless access issues could be overcome.

     

    Eythorne and Elvington

     

    Eythorne and Elvington were considered good locations in master planning terms, with employment opportunities nearby.  However, it was recognised that the development of the larger sites would probably be controversial as they would coalesce the two settlements which considered themselves distinct. To address this, it was anticipated that there would be extensive consultation with local residents.  Eythorne and Elvington had existing social issues and new development could help to create a better socio-economic balance. Councillor Kenton agreed with Mr Jeffrey Loffman that the development of these sites might be a step too far, and community consultation would be key to determining how many of the sites came forward.   For the time being the sites to the west of the main settlement should remain ‘amber’.

     

    Eastry

     

    The Group was advised that the settlement had a good range of facilities and services.  Councillor E A Biggs suggested that some of the former industrial sites like Ovendens should be retained and re-purposed to provide small industrial units so as to allow people to work near home.  Councillor Kenton agreed that start-up employment units were a good idea.  The PPM advised that accessibility at Ovendens was an issue.  Whilst an Economic Land Availability Assessment was yet to be done, it was known that there was, in fact, an over-supply of employment land.  

     

    In response to queries, Councillor Kenton commented that until recently Eastry had had a GP surgery.  However, the NHS was now focusing on surgery hubs and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.

    30.

    Dates of Future Meetings

    To note the following meeting dates:

     

    ·         Thursday, 31 October at time to be confirmed

    Minutes:

    It was noted that the next meeting would be held on 31 October at 12.30pm.

     

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