Report to December Meeting of Parish Council

The Chairman reported the resignation of three members

Phil Rushton and Maureen and John Perry because they have moved out of the area.

He had received requests from Dave Hunt and Neil Hargreaves to Join the Committee and subject to |Parish Council approval he will ask them to complete the register of interests and the acceptance of office forms.  He will also hold a training session with them to familiarise them with our standing orders and code of conduct especially in regard to predetermination and Bias before the next meeting on 14th December.

He has not yet received the Housing needs analysis report from AECOM. He has been told that the delay is caused by difficulties in obtaining specific data for Brown Edge.

Following our special meeting on 20th November He sent the shortlisted site criteria approved by this council to our Consultants who in light of recent  challenges to neighbourhood plans and inspectors comments recommended that some amendments should be made especially in the format and layout so that there was transparency in how the criteria were going to be applied to be fair to all landowners.

He had made those changes and is now bringing this back to you for the council’s approval.

He reported that we will be going out to consultation on this as soon as possible and will be calling for independent volunteers to undertake this appraisal of sites.

This analysis will be scrutinised by AECOM to ensure the assessment has been done independently.  He will, tomorrow, be making another application (the eighth application for support so far) to enable this to happen.

He has issued an updated timetable to SMDC so that they can budget for our referendum.

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