Agenda 6th July 2016

Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee meeting Agenda
Wednesday 6th July, 7.00pm, Town Hall

Welcome, introductions and apologies

Presentation on the delivery and assessment of a Housing Needs Survey by Matt Day from the Rural Community Council for Somerset

Update on the progress since the previous meeting:
Application to Mendip District Council for a designated area.
Response to questions raised regarding declarations of interest.
Update on funding applications.

Discussion on the consultation process (other than Housing Needs Assessment) particularly:

How do we reach the hard to reach?
What methods should we be considering to engage with people?
Communications, to include discussion on a website and social media.

Date of next meeting 6th September 2016

Neighbourhood Plans CAN

Influence the design and character of development
Designate Local Green Spaces that are important to the area
Require additional infrastructure or facilities such as play areas in response to new development
Earmark additional land for housing, employment or community facilities such as a youth centre or community hall.
Provide affordable housing

Neighbourhood Plans CANNOT

Reduce the number of houses allocated to the area in a Local Plan
Change ‘Permitted Development Rights’ i.e. the development that doesn’t require planning permission such as small house extensions, some changes of use and things like satellite dishes and solar panels on roofs.
Introduce traffic calming measures or weight limits
Alter the speed limit or traffic signage
Tackle anti-social behaviours such as dog fouling or graffiti.
Create rights of access to private land where it does not currently exist
Improve broadband speed!