Agenda and draft minutes

Local Plan Update Cabinet Advisory Group - Wednesday, 28th April, 2021 5.30 pm

Venue: Online viewing only

Link: This meeting will be held by video call


No. Item


Apologies for Absence


    Apologies were received from Cllr Lynda Piper.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 113 KB

    • View the background to item 2.

    To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest advice attached to this Agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete the Declaration of Interest Form


    There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.


Presentation: introduction to Local Plan update process - background; key matters for the update pdf icon PDF 196 KB

    Adrian Verrall, Strategic Planning Manager to present slides.


    Mr Adrian Verrall, Strategic Planning Manager led the discussion with a PowerPoint presentation (attached as annex 1 to this minute item). Mr Verrall made the following comments:


    • The purpose of the cabinet advisory group was to come up with recommendations to forward to cabinet later this year;
    • The focus of the review would on the issues that were raised by the independent inspector during the review process of the Local Plan which were:
    • The impact of the local housing need methodology up to 2040;
    • Travellers’ sites;
    • Climate Change and link with infrastructure provision;
    • Biodiversity and Biodiversity net green and green infrastructure;
    • Issues coming out of the upcoming Environment Bill.


    Mr Verrall further said that the review would also focus on the Soundness of Test and Duty to cooperate


    Councillor Everitt, Chair of the cabinet advisory group said that the CAG was not a decision making body, but rather played an advisory role to Cabinet, by coming up with recommendations for consideration by Cabinet.


    Members made comments and asked questions in response to the presentation and thereafter noted the presentation.


    Members thanked Mr Verrall for the presentation and noted the report.


Proposed work programme pdf icon PDF 48 KB


    Members requested a report for forthcoming topics. Members sought clarity on whether future CAG meetings would be in person or continue to be online. Officers were going to check and advise Members. However it was noted that any informal meetings could still be conducted online.


    Members noted the work programme.


Members’ questions


    One said that they would appreciate help from officers on how to respond to queries from residents when asked about the number of houses being built in the area. Some residents ask such questions as who would live in these newly built houses.


    Mr Verrall explained that the need to respond to the demand created by the natural growth in the local population led to need for housing development. Further explanation could be provided at the next meeting.