Meeting with SMDC officials

Meeting took place at SMDC offices on Thursday 9th March

 

Phil Linda and PT met with three Council Officials

Our Liason officer Jo Bagnall

Mark James & another (apologies for not recording this)

 

We explained

  • how the group operated and that it was a committee of the Parish Council and it was subject to standing orders of the council
  • Register of interests was published and available at every meeting
  • 20 active members
  • Meet several times a month
  • No sites have been  discussed nor will be until all the policies are determined

 

They strongly supported us in our belief that we needed technical support with our Heritage and Character assessment and Housing Needs Analysis

He also made it clear that we must not compile the policies ourselves as this must be done with someone familiar with planning matters in our case our Consultant from Urban Vision

He (Mark) said that the updated local plan would still have their preferred choice but would be a backstop if our plan failed.

He also asked for confirmation that we would be using site allocations ourselves. we confirmed that this was the policy of the Parish Council.

He would not be able to decide on land from our criteria because his plan might not concur. Therefore there would be a Conflict of interest

Overall there were no negative comments and they said that we had created a clear vision and set of objectives.

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