Minutes Published: Minutes of the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan Directors meeting held on Thursday 16th July 2015

STONE PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Minutes of the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan Directors Meeting held on Thursday 16 July 2015, 7.30pm at The Boardroom, Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone DA9 9DS

DIRECTORS PRESENT:      J Burrell, C Olney, J Thilman, J Thomas, P Winchester and V Winchester

IN ATTENDANCE:                E Mote – Council Coordinator for Stone Parish Council                               

27/07/15NP:    APOLOGIES 

Apologies for absence were received from K Kelly, J Mote, G Johnson, C Pearce and S Thredgle.

28/07/15NP:    DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

JB declared an interest in agenda item 31/07/15/NP(a) as he is a Dartford Borough councillor.

29/07/15NP:    TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE STONE PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN DIRECTORS MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2015

The minutes were approved by the committee with the following addition to agenda item 23/06/15NP(a):

It was established that the purchase of 4 iPads would be completed with three for use at the exhibition stand and one as a back-up which would ultimately be used for the prize draw.

 

The Chairman reiterated the importance of recording all decisions made by the group for subsequent minutes.

 

30/07/15NP:    TO DISCUSS ANY MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES NOT ON THE AGENDA

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

31/07/15NP:   PROCEDURE

 

  • To discuss officer recommendation/cabinet report regarding formal Neighbourhood Area Designation

Directors discussed the planning officer’s report as presented and formed the conclusion that in principal a Neighbourhood Plan for Stone without embodying Stone Lodge would obliterate the whole substance of the project.

The report summary included details of refusal which was based around the parish being too large.  The group felt the report to be flawed in many ways and that it did not provide strong enough reasons from a legislative point of view to uphold the omission of the Stone Lodge site from the designated area.

The DCLG are in fact in full support of neighbourhood plans and state in the Government manifesto they would indeed support their submission.

He group felt that the borough officers’ reports contravened strategic judgement and proposed withdrawing the application and resubmitting a new plan which includes Stone Lodge but omits the areas currently in for Bluewater, Crossways and Thames Europort area.

It was agreed to withdraw the current application pending discussion with government on the basis that the group is not happy with the removal of Stone Lodge site from the designated area. If this is the case, a revised application would need to be submitted immediately.  The DCLG may provide alternative options and it is anticipated a decision will not be made until after 3pm on Monday 20 July.

JT will liaise with DCB planning officers after speaking with DCLG and ahead of the Cabinet Advisory meeting.

 

32/07/15NP:    SCOPE & CONTENT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

 

  • To discuss response from the Stone Fete exhibition and resolve action required

The Chairman reported excellent feedback from the Neighbourhood Plan exhibition and it was considered in general a successful event which allowed engagement with public on the key areas of: parking/traffic/recreation and community facilities/building development.  The results of the survey are currently being collated and will be reported at the next meeting.

 

  • Updates from Directors regarding any recent activities/research of key areas

CO reported that during his time at the Stone Fete exhibition stand visitors appeared to be in support of more leisure facilities within Stone including in particular recreational amenities for youth in the area.

 

JT had received positive feedback from sponsors Land Logical who had expressed a keenness to attend an NP meeting to formally present plans for Stone Pit 1.  It was agreed an invitation may be sent to Land Logical representatives for the August meeting of NP Directors.

 

33/07/15NP:   FINANCE

  • To note submission and subsequent approval of funding application to support Neighbourhood Plan activities

Directors noted with pleasure the successful application for the second-round of funding and hope this will provide the project with the ability to carry on with planned activities.

 

  • To receive a budget summary of Neighbourhood Plan expenditure (Apr-Jul 2015)

JT provided Directors with a breakdown of expenditure to date.

 

34/07/15NP:    TO CONCLUDE ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA

To determine and progress encouragement of future Director membership of the Neighbourhood Plan.

 

Several potential dates and venues have been held in order to arrange more public consultation days.  These will be discussed further in August.

There being no further business The Chairman closed the meeting at 9:15pm.

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