/ Parish Council / Creech Neighbourhood Plan / Minutes 14th March 2017


Minutes of the Meeting of the CSM PC Neighbourhood Plan Panel

held at 6.30pm on Thursday 14th March 2017

in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.

Present Co-opted Parishioners C Cudlip (Chair), F A’Court, L Crowley, A Hayes, A Oldham and J Read, PCllr K Reed (Vice Chair), J Birch (CCfS), D Summerfield (WYG) and S Altria (Parish Clerk). No Parishioners attended.

NP17/46. Welcome. CC welcomed everyone to the meeting.

NP17/47. To receive any apologies for absence. Co-opted Parishioner J McCarthy and J Scott.

NP17/48. Declarations of Interests. None declared (JR had previously declared his interests and it was agreed there was no need to repeat at each meeting).

NP17/49. Minutes – to approve the Minutes of the meeting held on 9th March 2017. (These had been previously circulated to Panel Members). These were agreed without any amendments being made. The minutes were then signed and dated by the Chair as an accurate record of the meeting.

NP17/50. Matters arising from the Minutes of the meeting held on 9th March 2017;

(1) NP16/40(6) Rec Park. It was noted that the professional advisors acting on behalf of the Owner of the field adjacent to the Rec Park had replied advising that the agreement to meet her valuation fees should be unconditional to a sale and that the PC would consider this further request at its next meeting on the 6th March. In the event the PC decided to obtain preplanning advice before making a decision and this is now awaited.

(2) NP17/25. Meeting with TDBC/Developers. The Clerk had been in touch with Ann Rhodes of TDBC and asked TDBC to meet with the panel and to take part in the APM. TDBC had replied stating they were not available t attend the APM so he had invited TDBC to next panel meeting and am awaiting their reply. Once received he would then be in contact with both developers to agree a new meeting date with them. .

The Clerk also advised he would raise again the request for the early provision of land along Hyde Lane (from the MBridge to the Cottages) to SCC to enable them to create a safe route to school footpath now for the School children.

(3) NP17/34. (2). Strategic Employment Site, Henlade. The Panel Chair and Clerk had attended TDBCs informal public drop-in session on 1st March on its intention to develop a SES at Henlade proceeding by way of using a Loc Dev Order. The slides used had been circulated to panel members prior to the meeting. The use of the LDO will advance the development and it is now anticipated the build would clash with proposed development of employment land at West Monkton and at Walford rather than follow these. The PC had considered its response to the consultation and agreed to reply advising that a scheme of road safety measures is needed in CSM and other local villages prior to the scheme proceeding, that the planned improvements for the Creech Castle Junction and the M5 J25 be undertaken before the commencement of the SES build, that the planned footbridge over the motorway should be mandatory rather than optional and that the merits of why this scheme is being brought forward along with the impact upon the WM and Walford employment areas should have been discussed and agreed prior to the public consultation having commenced.

NP17/34. (4) Taunton - Garden City Status Conference. A Garden City conference is to be held at Taunton Rugby Club on Thursday 6th April. The Clerk advised the PC had agreed to fund two places for the Chair and Clerk to attend.

NP17/51. Parish consultations; Youth Surveys. JB reported that she had conducted at the local (Monkton Heathfield) Sec School a survey with the aid of Teachers on 13th March. The key request indentified by the young people are more activities, dance, gymnastics, more sports, outdoor gym equipment, safer roads and a water fountain at the park. A full written report is to follow.

NP17/52. Review of potential policy themes/topic areas. DS introduced his draft document (previously circulated) and reminded hat he wanted a structured discussion on the plans topics and policies, to identify projects for funding etc and also to start to deal with the issues that can’t be dealt with by planning policies – such as a “community action plan” and to give some examples of policies that might be used.

The three themes - Community Spirit/Facilities/Youth were reviewed with panel members ensuring the responses from the consultation results were accurately represented.

NP17/53. APM Friday 21st April 2017 7pm for 7.30pm start. DS, CC and the Clerk had met on Monday 13th April to develop a provisional approach to the NH Planning section of the APM meeting. This was explained and considered the panel and agreed. Essentially the PC Chair will explain the background and reasons why the PC had embarked on a MH Plan and CC and DF (with help from JB if required) would explain what has been done to date, what the key findings are for each of the nine theme and what the next steps will be.

NP17/54. AOB. To consider wording of the NH Plan banner at the next meeting and whether to have a banner made. The Clerk to examine whether a further grant can be applied for.

NP17/55. Dates of Next Meeting

The next Meeting is to be held on 30th March at 6.30pm in the lower CSM VH Cttee room in order to Review three themes - Environment/Green Spaces/Recreation.

The meeting closed at 8.40pm.

Steve Altria, Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council. Tel 01823 666295. Email clerk@creechstmichael.net