Steering Group Minutes 9th July 2018

 

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group Hackleton Parish Council
Date:- 9th July 2018 Time:- 7.00pm Venue:- Liz Harrison Room, Hackleton Village Hall
Attendees:-

Cllr R Hawkesford (Chair)

Cllr T Peterkin

Apologies:-

Cllr T Charteress

The Clerk

C Lloyd

M Woolley

Item No. OPENING PROCEDURES
NP/01/07/18 Apologies.

Motion Agreed:- Apologies had been received from Cllr Charteress – no other apologies had been received.

NP/02/07/18 Declarations of Interest.

There were no declarations of interest

NP/03/07/18 Minutes of the Meeting 11th June 2018.

Motion Agreed:- It was resolved that the minutes of 11th June 2018 be approved as an accurate reflection of that meeting.

Item No. EVENTS / UPDATES
NP/04/07/18 Volunteers Meeting Monday 25th June 2018.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that the volunteers expressing an interest in assisting with the Neighbourhood Plan be forwarded copies of the minutes of meetings and encouraged to read the HPNP website for information. Further, all volunteers would be asked how they could assist with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, and to advise any skills / experience they could offer, for example, leaflet drop; photography; planning; development; media in order to assist in delegating tasks / roles / responsibilities.

NP/05/07/18 Open Day 02/06/18.

Members re-capped on the open day and questionnaire results and made comment that the results had indicated residents were not averse to some development in the parish but wished to retain the character and rural atmosphere, including the clear demarcation and identities of each village. Out of 185 questionnaires returned, 26 had been incorrectly completed, leaving a total of 135 which offered a completion rate of 73%. Of those correctly completed questionnaires the results were as follows:-

Parish Characteristics:- 21.8%

Our Countryside:- 21.5%

Our Community facilities:- 16.6%

Housing:- 15.9%

Recreational Facilities:- 14.7%

Local Employment:- 9.5%

SNC had indicated that they were happy with the approach taken by HPNPSG, that is, that the plan was not just concentrating on housing and development but the inclusion of recreational facilities and employment needs.

Key words picked out from the completed questionnaires were as follows:-

A need for a bus service; café; cycle paths; doctors; facilities for teenagers; better broadband; small rural business units; infrastructure; retention of villages and their individual characteristics;

Dog walking & walking routes; affordable housing; bungalows; mixed housing; retirement homes; starter homes; social housing; smaller homes.

Item No.   PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
NP/06/07/18 Part 2 Local Plan Impact / NPPF / WNJCS requirements for HPNP.

Members discussed information received that housing in St Georges was part of the NRDA and so could not be included in the plan despite residents of St Georges being able to vote in the referendum. It was acknowledged that this could cause an anomaly. SNC were continuing to prepare the local plan, although the relevance was queried given the current Local Government Reorganisation. Comment was made that housing needs was driving the need for a local plan in the area but until such time the WNJCS was the official document to work with. It was observed that the inability to use the St Georges area would affect the housing needs assessment but it was noted that carrying out a housing needs assessment was certainly required.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that a detailed assessment  of the pros and cons of each identified site was required, and other locations recognised too. Moreover, that some sites may be outside the village confines. Moreover, that a site visit should be arranged to consider all locations and how these fitted in with the wishes of the residents identified from the questionnaires.

NP/06/07/18 Part 2 Local Plan Impact / NPPF / WNJCS requirements for HPNP.

Members discussed information received that housing in St Georges was part of the NRDA and so could not be included in the plan despite residents of St Georges being able to vote in the referendum. It was acknowledged that this could cause an anomaly. SNC were continuing to prepare the local plan, although the relevance was queried given the current Local Government Reorganisation. Comment was made that housing needs was driving the need for a local plan in the area but until such time the WNJCS was the official document to work with. It was observed that the inability to use the St Georges area would affect the housing needs assessment but it was noted that carrying out a housing needs assessment was certainly required.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that a detailed assessment  of the pros and cons of each identified site was required, and other locations recognised too. Moreover, that some sites may be outside the village confines. Moreover, that a site visit should be arranged to consider all locations and how these fitted in with the wishes of the residents identified from the questionnaires.

Item No. HPNP CONTENTS REQUIREMENT / REVIEW
NP/07/07/18 Background to Plan.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that the draft plan would be reviewed.

NP/08/07/18 Key Issues for Hackleton.

See item NP/05/07/18 for details of identified key issues.

NP/09/07/18 Vision & Objectives for Hackleton.

The key issues for Hackleton Parish, as identified in the questionnaire responses, would form part of the vision and objectives for Hackleton. In essence the overriding response was that ‘This was a place where people wanted to live’ and that a central hub was something residents wanted.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that C Lloyd would amend the vision and objectives and forward to Members for assessment and approval.

NP/10/07/18 Sustainability Appraisal for Hackleton.

Members were keen that Hackleton Parish should not become a dormitory parish and that sustainability should include the protection of parish / village life as well as energy usage.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that the Clerk would investigate whether there was any organisation who could assist and offer guidance with regard to a sustainability appraisal. Members were also encouraged to review completed ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans.

NP/11/07/18 Design, Built & Natural environment requirements and considerations – including identification of views requiring protection / Trees.

Action Agreed:- A list of trees with TPOs was required; that justification for the identification of non-listed properties was necessary; that green spaces should be clearly identified; and that any such elements be identified on a map.

NP/12/07/18 Housing – Housing Needs Assessment / call for sites / development.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that the Housing Needs Assessment application continue. Further, that sites identified to date be considered by Members.

NP/13/07/18 Local Employment – Analysis and considerations including home working and broadband.

Action Agreed:- That the group would continue to consider working from home requirements and encourage broadband and home working. Further, a statement would be prepared supporting rural related industries.

NP/14/07/18 Community Facilities and Open Spaces – MUGA / analysis of other spaces – present and future.

Members were updated on the status of the MUGA project.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that a statement be prepared for the plan indicating that all development should have access to recreational facilities.

NP/15/07/18 Listed buildings and buildings deemed of historical importance assessment.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that, whilst many buildings had been identified, justification and supporting evidence was required for each one.

Item No. COMMUNICATION / CONSULTATION
NP/16/07/18 Communications / consultation requirements / Website / GDPR.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that the NP website required promotion and C Lloyd agreed to make contact with NNPulse and enquire as to whether it could be included in the publication. Further, a review of communication would commence to ensure it met with the requirements of as many people as possible, including those with visual impairment.

Item No. KIRKWELLS
NP/17/07/18 Items for discussion with Michael Wellock, 23rd July 2018.

Action Agreed:- It was agreed that Michael Wellock would drive the meeting 23rd July 2018, but that the agenda should include the following:- 2nd June Open Day; Housing Needs Assessment; Call for Sites; Specific needs / requirements.

Item No. CLOSING PROCEDURES
NP/18/07/18 Date of next meeting – Monday 23rd July 2018, 7pm.

Latest News July 11th 2018

ASSESSMENT OF HOUSING NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY

By Cllr Roy Hawkesford 

At our Open Day, on June 2nd, the case was made for additional housing in –and possibly around – our villages to keep them sustainable and to offer the opportunity for people to enter the housing market or to downsize. The evidence from people who attended the event and completed questionnaires reveals broad support for the case, with most of those in favour preferring new housing to be built within village confines.

There is also growing evidence that a Neighbourhood Plan that includes an acceptable level of land for new housing will be a more robust defence against inappropriate speculative development. The recently revised NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) and NCALC (Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils) firmly recommend allocating housing land, as “this is what the government is seeking to encourage you to do”.

Paragraph 80 of the NPPF says: “plans should identify opportunities for villages to grow and thrive”. The thrust is on providing more affordable housing in rural areas.

We have examined the fairest, most objective method of coming up with an assessment of housing needs in our villages that would be most likely to withstand unwanted attention from developers. The Government is providing £23 million, through Locality, for the development of Neighbourhood Plans. We are already in receipt of a grant towards our administrative costs from them. The good thing is that they also provide free Technical Advice on a range of topics, one of which is Housing Needs Assessment (HNA). We have now applied for Locality to carry out a housing needs assesment for us.

The HNA route is objective, but it means that we have to be responsive to their findings. We would then have to examine the various options available as to where these additional houses would go. Clearly, Infill was the biggest choice of those who completed the Questionnaire on June 2nd. If the number proposed was greater than could be accommodated by infill, we would have to consider locations outside the village confines.

If we are unable to undertake the task of identifying sites ourselves – from consultation with local landowners, for instance – then Locality also offer technical advice on Site Options and Assessment.

This is an important part of the Neighbourhood Plan. It will take time, of course, to undertake the assessment(s), but we can think of no fairer way to move forward. While this is taking place, there are several other aspects of the Plan that we can work on; it is not only about housing! It is about keeping the whole environment, making it a better place to live for everyone.


 

Steering Group Meeting Minutes – Monday 11th June

Minutes of the Neighbourhood Planning Meeting 6.30pm on Monday 11th June 2018

Held in the Liz Harrison Room, Hackleton Village Hall

 In attendance:-

Cllrs R Hawkesford; T Charteress; T Peterkin; M Woolley; C Lloyd; A Palmberg

The Clerk.

  1. Apologies:- G Youens; F Billingham.

 

  1. Review of the Open Day:- It was agreed that the day had been well attended with the following areas represented:- Piddington – 75; Hackleton – 67; Horton – 35; Preston Deanery – 8; Wootton – 3; Outside area – 4. The event had been organised and pitched well. Moreover, the exhibition had been professional and corporate in content and display and flowed well. The overwhelming response was that the residents were supportive with very few negative comments. It was noted that New Hackleton required more representation with regard to its establishment and history.

 

  1. Analysis of the findings:- It was generally agreed that further questionnaires required prior testing in future to ensure the data was easier to analyse.

The proposed MUGA was identified by the majority of attendees as an excellent asset for the community – only one comment was received that was negative. Nevertheless, there were some concerns that the MUGA could not be used by the public during school hours.

There had been some confusion with regard to what ‘outside’ the confines of the villages meant but infill was preferred and the group agreed there were still a few infill sites available.

The attendees had predominantly been made up of house owners with very few younger people. Nevertheless, there was support for the provision of affordable housing. Retaining the village aesthetics and characteristics of the area was also felt to be extremely important.

Local employment had not fared well but it was agreed that there may have been some confusion as to what this meant e.g. some may have thought it meant the erection of warehouses in the parish which it did not. Moreover, it was identified that the majority of attendees most probably worked outside the parish and commuted to work and, therefore, did not consider Hackleton Parish a place of work but rather a place to live. Broadband was identified as an issue and was not consistent in service across the Parish with Preston Deanery particularly affected by poor speeds.

Members of the group commented that it was important that consideration be given to the type of house being built, for example, if only 5 – 6 bedroom houses were being constructed the demographics of the area would be skewed a certain way. Comment was made that 100 affordable houses have been constructed in St Georges Field and a query as to whether this would meet the numbers required by SNC.

Carol Lloyd presented the findings in TagCloud form which was interesting to analyse as key words had been picked out as a means of identifying the important issues to the respondents of the questionnaire. Those key words were as follows:-

Housing:- Affordable; Mixed Housing; Retirement Homes & bungalows.

Community Facilities:- Café; Bus Service; Teenagers Facilities; Parish Council Office facility.

Employment:- Improved Broadband; Home Working; Rural Small Business Units.

Countryside & Natural Resources:- Walking; Cycling; Preservation of Salcey Forest; Longland Meadow.

Character & Environment:- Retain character; Retain individual village identities; Developer needs infrastructure e.g. cycle paths.

Discussion revolved around many of the identified and positive key words resulting from the questionnaires and requirements including the need to identify key buildings in the parish and the importance of a design statement which would be sensitive to each area’s aesthetics.

  1. Consideration of a Housing Needs Assessment:- It was agreed that a housing needs assessment was required and that ‘Locality’ would be engaged to carry this out. Following completion of the assessment they could also carry out a site survey, if we felt it was necessary.
  1. How do we see the plan developing & what do we do next?:- It was agreed that Cllr Hawkesford would contact Michael Wellock and explain the current status of the plan and decision to use Locality to carry out the housing needs assessment. Further, that a briefing meeting would be held on 25th June at which those who had volunteered to assist with the preparation of the plan would be invited. A virtual exhibition mirroring that of the open day 2nd June would be available online and via the publications NNPulse and the Forum. Members agreed the contents to be incorporated onto each portal. Members were also asked to check the NP website and advise any issues / amendments / suggestions. Moreover, the privacy notice was to be uploaded onto the NP website.

 

The meeting concluded at 20.45pm.

 

 

Latest News July 2nd 2018

Meeting with our consultant, Michael Wellock.

The Steering Group will be meeting with our consultant, Michael Wellock on Monday July 23rd, to discuss how the Public Event on June 2nd has impacted on our thinking about the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, to get up to date with recent changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, and the possible effects of other changes that may impact on our work. We also expect to be given a list of tasks that will help towards the next stage in the evolution of the Plan.

Anyone who has contacted us wishing to volunteer to help with the plan is welcome to attend as an observer. This is a good way to find out how the steering group works. As we have a full agenda there will not be time to go over old ground so if you are observing you will need to make notes of anything you need explained and let us have your questions afterwards.

Following that meeting, we will assess what needs to be done and we will then contact the wider group of those wishing to help to establish how we can work together to achieve the tasks and move the Plan forward.

In the meantime, we would like to welcome you to the site, where you can catch up with everything that has been done so far and see what is coming up. Remember you can contact us and make comments through the website or by contacting our Clerk, Gill Wells.

 

Roy Hawkesford

2nd July