Present: Councillors, J.P.Anderson (Chairman) G.Hutter, M.J.Sheppard, H.Taylor, M.Wilkins, J.M.F.Royce, B.J.Walker, A.Clayworth, G.Clark.
In Attendance: K.Mafham (GPC Planning Adviser).
The Chairman welcomed Ken Mafham to the meeting.
1/ Apologies: Nil.
2/ Declaration on Interest: Nil.
3/ Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 20th October, 2015.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 20th October, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business.
PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: G.Hutter. Vote: All in favour.
4/ Progress from the Minutes, not on the Agenda. Nil to report.
5/ Green Belt Envelope:
K.Mafham had drawn up a document entitled ‘Report on Strategy towards Housing Provision in Gotham’ which had been circulated to all Councillors. The report is intended to form the basis for representations on the Part 2 Local Plan Issues and Options Paper that RBC intended to publish in December 2015. It might now be available in January, 2016.
Part 1 is already adopted Part 2 a green belt status with allocation of sites within the village (Policy 3 of the Core Strategy). K. Mafham to draw up a list of sites best suited for development in Gotham village, currently washed over but due to be inset, allowing extra building. The document contains a map of the village with potential building sites, highlighted by K. Mafham. He provided a detailed assessment of the pheasibility of each site.
One thousand, eight hundred and fifty dwellings will need to be built within inset villages, i.e. between one hundred and one hundred and fifty in Gotham. Some land is safeguarded for longterm needs. K. Mafham advised, Gotham needs to tread very cautiously when earmarking the amount of land taken out of the green belt.
The document could form the basis of a consultation with Chris Walmesley, of British Gypsum, due to take place in January, 2016.
H. Taylor queried the term ‘affordable house’. K. Mafham answered, affordable housing is usually equated with ‘social renting or joint ownership’ i.e. part rent, part own. The question ‘does Gotham require a Neighbourhood Plan’? was discussed. K. Mafham is unsure whether a Neighbourhood Plan is necessary but if so, might be grant aided by the Government and might asist in future design features of new houses.. If GPC decides to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan, it needs to be underway early next year and completed by the end of 2016.
The New Houses Bonus is supposed to be spent on local housing
J.P.Anderson reported, Miles King of Midland Housing/Waterloo Housing Association, had contacted GPC and is interested in meeting to re visit sites previously identified in 2010 for affordable houses, when the last village housing survey was undertaken. A new housing survey would be undertaken by Midland Housing which would be useful towards the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan which requires housing projectiion figures to cover the next twenty years. J.P.Anderson will arrange a meeting with Miles King, RBC, K.Mafham. Councillors G.Hutter and A.Clayworth to attend.
6/ Air Pollution south of Clifton (Report on house building unsuitable alongside main roads due to nitrogen dioxide from diesel).
H.Taylor highlighted the dangers of building domestic dwellings near to main roads, such as the A453. The Government has warned of deadly diesel fume particulates. These particles are small enough to damage lungs and cannot be removed. Homes should not be built within 500 yards of pylons which can emit radiatiion causing acute lymphoblastic leukhaemia. The planned HS2 railway will be diesel powered. H.Taylor will draw up a report in readiness for the next Clifton Pastures planning application consultation. An approach will be made to RBC and Notts County Council for a copy of their South Clifton Air Pollution Policy. The public needs to be made aware of potential pollution dangers.
B.J.Walker appealed to another Councillor to take over the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan as J.P.Anderson undertook the Village Design Statement in 2005 and is currently working extremely hard on other planning issues.
7/ Planning Decisions Received: Nil.
8/ Planning Applications Received: Nil.
9/ Matters to Report:
G. Hutter had attended the Armed Forces Civilian Meeting at the County Hall. The meeting had included a film of the Headley Court Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre which will be relocated to Stamford Hall. Eight hundred staff will be employed to serve 20,000 patients per year. G. Hutter had asked County Councillor K.Cutts to include Gotham Parish Council on the information mailing list. – Community Hub.
10/ Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 19th January, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed at 9.15 p.m.