Bramham Parish Council – Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee
Minutes of Meeting – Monday 26th November 2012
Cllr Keith Innocent (Chair), Cllr Val Whitbread (Secretary), Cllr Martin Batt,
The Chair and Committee welcomed Tom Bowes, a resident whose input and professional expertise will be very welcome.
None – all present.
2. Minutes & Matters of last meeting
The secretary apologised for not yet having produced minutes from 1 October. These will be produced along with minutes of this meeting. A brief recap of the October meeting, for those who had not been present, was that over 60 responses to the feedback form on SHLAA sites had been received. A high number of residents were against site 1155 (Lyndon Rd/Clifford Rd), not wanting a large development. Residents wanted to retain a village character and were concerned about increased traffic. It was decided to feed this back to LCC (via Andy Birbeck).
Keith advised that a ward Executive Committee meeting will be held in the new year, involving Ward Councillors and planners, at which each SHLAA site will be rated Red, Amber or Green., We will have the opportunity to comment on the outcome.
(DN: Keith has since advised that the report from this meeting will be produced in February/March, and we will then have the opportunity to comment.)
John asked if we had responded to a resident who had complained that the committee excludes residents. Keith confirmed that he had written to him explaining that a series of meetings had been held, including the Community Conference, to which residents had always been invited.
The same resident has complained about how accessible the website is to blind and visually impaired users. The website in fact scores well in comparison with others and we are working with the RNIB and a blind user to identify any improvements that can be made.
4. Declaration of Interests & Terms of Reference
It was agreed to use the standard form provided and it was stressed that it is up to each member to decide if their interests are prejudicial.
It was agreed to accept the standard Steering Group Constitute.
6. Headley Hall
After the 1 October meeting, and after we had sought residents’ feedback on sites, we became aware that a further SHLAA site proposal has been added to the list. This is a site of 5,000 houses on the ‘triangle’ of university land at Headley Hall where the A64 crosses the A1. Building would begin in 2024. A similar proposal had been rejected in 1993/94. As we had no time to consult further before reporting back to LCC for their 3 October deadline the chair and secretary made an assumption that given that site 1155 was objected to, this site would also be unpopular, and therefore advised Andy Birbeck that we considered it a Red rating.
7. Next Steps
It was agreed to await the outcome of the Ward Executive Committee meeting before starting work on the questionnaire. We also agreed to plan another NP event for March 2013. We discussed whether to get professional help for the questionnaire and analysis.
AP: Keith to obtain costs of questionnaire analysis from Survey Monkey.
8. Next Meeting:
Tba mid to late January 2013.