Minutes published: Meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Directors held on Tuesday 10 April 2018

STONE PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Minutes of the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan Directors Meeting held on Tuesday 10thApril 2018, 4.30pm at the Boardroom, Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone, Kent DA9 9DS

DIRECTORS PRESENT:  P Winchester (Chairman); D Bartlett; J Burrell; M Mitchell; J Thomas, V Winchester, K Clark and J Schofield

IN ATTENDANCE: L McLean, Council Administrator, Stone Parish Council

VISITORS:    M Aplin, Planning Policy Manager, Dartford Borough Council

 

68/04/18NP: Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from S. Thredgle and S. Brindley

 

69/04/18NP:  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

No declarations of interest were received.

 

70/04/18NP: TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE STONE PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN DIRECTORS’ MEETINGS HELD ON TUESDAY 06 MARCH 2018

Directors approved the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 6March 2018

 

71/04/18NP: TO DISCUSS ANY MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES CONTAINED ON THE AGENDA

There were no matters arising from minutes of the previous meeting

 

72/04/18NP: SCOPE & CONTENT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

  1. To receive update regarding consultant activities

The Directors were updated on a meeting that J Thomas and the chairman had with the landowner of Stone Pit 9 and their planning consultant.A basic plan of potential development opportunities for Pit 9 was presented by the landowner, who confirmed it was their intention to bring forward a scheme for the site.

Geotechnical reports had indicated there was minimal to no gassing at the site so development, following any required remediation could be a possibility within a few years.

The Directors discussed the plan, which indicated a potential mix of commercial development, residential development and approximately 30% open space.

The Directors welcomed the idea of retirement provision, which is in line with neighbourhood plan aspirations for ‘whole-lifetime parish residency’ but agreed that any proposals for park homes would not be in keeping with the rest of Stone aesthetically and therefore would seek a higher-quality form of development for the site.

It was felt that a small level of commercial development could contribute towards the plan’s aspiration to enhance the Horns Cross Neighbourhood Centre and increasing the quality of the local green spaces is very welcome.

With development proposals likely to come forward at other former landfill sites, Directors felt it would be most beneficial to develop a set of overarching policies to articulate aspirations for Horns Cross, for housing and open spaces as a whole to direct the type and form of any proposals.

 

  1. To receive updates regarding Key Development sites

Directors were informed that plans for a Health Centre plan at Stone Pit 1 are progressing. The soil is being tested this week for ground stability and reports will follow to clarify this.

Directors queried what the contingency would be if the ground at Pit 1 were to be found unsuitable to support development of a health centre and associated units.

Planning officers advised that it may be better to be more flexible in articulating to give general principles for the Parish, rather than asking for specifics for each site. This could then cover such eventualities.

 

  1. To discuss initial documents produced in support of a sustainable travel map of foot paths and cycle paths

Directors were shown 3 maps, A current snapshot, a zones map and a map of proposals showing existing and planned developments.

Several small errors were noted and the directors decided to make the appropriate changes and send it back so that progress can then be made on developing the foot paths and cycle paths plan.

73/04/18NP: PROCEDURE

  1. To determine date for next meeting

The proposed date for the next meeting was agreed as Thursday 17thMay at 4.30pm.

Directors also decided to plan a workshop day to flesh out all the above points and plans. Go through applicable types of housing and commercial provision to focus on what NP would like to put forward. A poll will be sent out to arrange the date and time of the workshop.

74/04/18NP: TO CONCLUDE ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA

The Masterplan for Stone Recreation Ground will be discussed with any initial feedback.

The Chairman thanked those present for their attendance before closing the meeting at 6:10pm.

2021-03-23T12:48:19+00:00

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