Purpose of Meeting: the purpose of the meeting as set out in the agenda was agreed.
1) Update on the Parish Council Housing Survey and draft Neighbourhood Plan:
There has been no reported progress on the Housing Survey analysis or the draft Neighbourhood Plan although it had been reported at the last PC meeting that a draft Plan had been forwarded to the Chair of the NEW-V Steering Group; also that the PC had discussed preparing a further draft.
2) Review of Options for Affordable Housing (gathered September 2015):
This item arose from a conversation with Ray Bourton, to ask why the PC had not reviewed the Options, and Ray’s response was that he had not seen the Options. At the time the Options had been circulated with the distribution list, that included four parish councillors, but had not been formally sent to the PC via the Clerk. The CLPG decision not to continue to review the Options was because we did not have the expertise to carry out a review for the purpose of a proposed development option in the Neighbourhood Plan.
It was agreed that the Options should be sent formally to the PC by LB as:
Following analysis of the Housing Survey, the Options should be available for consideration;
There is no indication that the Options have influenced the Housing Survey;
The CLPG is happy to work with the PC on a review of the Plan following analysis of the Housing Survey;
There are three Parish Councillors who will not have seen the Options.
3) Update from NEW-V Area Steering Group including revised timetable: Bullet points from previous meetings have been distributed and it was noted particularly:
It had been reported at the ASG that the Wilts Council Core Strategy housing allocation for the RWB & Cricklade area has now been fulfilled and the villages are under no pressure to consider if they should contribute to the allocation. It was noted that the Core Strategy could be reviewed in the future;
The BT Parish Clerk has been tasked by the ASG to find out whether the current PCs can pass a resolution to commit future PCs to continuance in the Neighbourhood Plan process;
The draft Consultation Strategy has yet to be agreed;
The Wilts Council timetable appears to have some slippage.
Correspondence received from:
(a) Deborah Bourne, Parish Clerk 21.11.16 – an initial response had been made subject to the correction that DB had said would be made to her letter but that has not been received. LB will respond to DB requesting the correction and also to ensure factual accuracy;
(b) Stuart Hinson PC Chair 6.12.16 – an initial response had been made, JH-B will provide a fuller response to ensure factual accuracy;
(c) Judy Conybeare 5.1.17 – LB to respond thanking Judy;
(d) Diana Kirby NEW-V Chair – Diana has said that she will take advice from Carolyn Gibson about meeting with BT groups.
5) Broad Town News Item: Agreed that Lorraine would prepare a news item.