Principal Planner (Policy) gave the Committee a presentation on the
Core Strategy which set out a vision for the area to 2031 and the
strategic policies to deliver that vision. Links will be sent to Members of the Committee to
the key documents and a PDF of the presentation is being circulated
with these minutes. (See Minute Items
21 and 22).
impending abolition by the coalition government of the South East
Plan which had a target of 9,300 homes to be built in the period
from 2006 to 2026 means that the authority has the opportunity to
decide how many dwellings it needs and where they would be built
based on local factors. The strategy
goes on to outline the options. Lower
growth options would mean a potential shortfall of between 320 and
Brownfield sites, as currently assessed, cannot provide all the
homes so some greenfield and/or green belt land may be
needed. This topic has generated and
great deal of interest and response.
response to questions further detail was provided on the derivation
of the current SE Plan requirement, viability model, the basis of
the population projections, Ebbsfleet, Northfleet Embankment, Town
Centre and Green Belt issues. The
ageing nature of the population was explained and the issues this
would raise into the future.
were concerned that the leaflets giving details of the consultation
and how to respond were not being received by all
residents. Officers were aware of this
from the public meetings. Members were
assured that 43,000 leaflets had been sent out for distribution by
the Royal Mail. Only a few had been
returned and these had been resent addressed to ‘the
occupier’ rather than a named individual.
Council had arranged one event in the Woodville Halls which was
well attended but Planning Officers had attended other meetings
such as Neighbourhood Forums, Parish Council meetings, and with
interest groups at which the strategy and the consultation were
discussed. The publicity for these
meetings, apart from the event at Woodville Halls, had been the
responsibility of the meeting organiser and it was recognised that
this varied in extent.
Committee felt that more emphasis should be made that the strategy
was for jobs as well as housing.
However, the borough was short of development land, including for
smaller business units. Developers were
reluctant to build larger units without a pre-let agreement being
in place. The need to plan for people as well as buildings in the
town centre was raised as an issue for further consideration as it
was suggested that this can enhance the attractiveness of the
Chair and the Committee expressed their thanks for the efforts of
officers in attending meetings across the borough to explain and
answer questions on the strategy and consultation process, and all
the support work by the policy team that was necessary.
Note: Cllr Leadley spoke
with leave of the Chair on this item.
Note: Cllr Burden spoke
with leave of the chair ...
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