WELLESBOURNE and WALTON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of an Extra-ordinary meeting of the Council on Tuesday 12th January 2016
at 7.00pm at the Parish Council Office at 2 School Road, Wellesbourne
Present: Chairman: Cllr Mrs Prior Councillors: Mrs Bartlett, Mrs Bolton, Close, Kendall, Lawley, Thomas
Clerk: Mrs Scriven Members of public: 1
- Apologies for Absence – Cllrs Heaton, Mrs Hurdman, Shepherd
- Confirmation of the order of the Agenda – agreed
- Identification of any items that might be resolved for confidential session – None
- Declarations of Interest – None
- Open Session for members of the public to raise any matters of relevance to the Parish – None
- Following discussion and explanation of the budget report Councillors agreed the final budget for 2016/2017.
|Recommendation to approve the parish precept including any tax base grant at £195,000 for 2016/17||Prop Cllr DC, 2nd Cllr AP
- Councillor and Clerk exchange of information
Cllr CM attended the Core Strategy Inspector’s meeting. * See appendix 1
Cllr EL asked Cllr Kendall to take up the issue of meeting a WCC officer regarding the problems on the highway in the parish.
|Action: Ask the WCC highways officer to attend a meeting and site visit||By: Cllr DK|
- Date of next meeting 2nd February 2016
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 7.40pm
Chairman: Cllr Mrs Prior
Completed 13th January 2016
The first day of the Examination Hearing Sessions into the Stratford District Council Core Strategy on Tuesday 12 January focused on the assumptions and forecasts in the Strategy, specifically employment growth, labour force and economic activity, market signals and trends and housing need in the wider area.
The main disagreement between SDC and the developers attending the hearing was over the Council’s belief that its forecast of 724 new dwellings per year would be sufficient to help meet unmet housing need in Coventry and Birmingham.
The Council contended that it did, because people moving into Stratford would mainly be coming from Coventry and Birmingham. The developers said this was not certain and that a more strategic approach in conjunction with the two urban authorities was needed.
Pete Drew, the Inspector, suggested that perhaps some headroom above the figure of 724 could be included, to be taken up by the use of reserved sites if required at a later date. The alternative would be to review the Core Strategy as a whole in a few years’ time, which would be costly and time-consuming.
The Council requested time to think about this but said that it believed it had produced a sound and realistic plan, and that the developers had not produced evidence to prove that the 724 dwellings would not be contributing towards unmet urban housing need.
Lots more information including the developers’ representations to the Sessions can be found on the Core Strategy website.