Hazelwood Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Date; Thursday March 6th 2014
Venue; Memorial Hall, Hazelwood.
Present; David Railton, Bob & Irene Wrigley, Hugh Walford, Glen & Lesley Wall, Mike Wood, Keith Walker, Judy Harris, Robert Walker, Kay Reid, Michael Say, Kevin Eaton (Chairman),
Martin and Barbara Angold.
Chairman welcomed Kay Reid from Blackbrook.
The Minutes for the Thursday January 16th meeting were approved and signed by the Chairman.
The only matter raised concerned the questionnaire analysis. Michael Say said he needed to finalise this to fully account for the very last receipts and to simplify the percentages, as previously agreed.
Review of February 20th Open Evening.
Overall, everyone agreed that the evening had gone well. The informal feed-
Numbers v. expectation
Looking at the evening objectively, the list of attendees, less Steering Group members, indicated a net total of 47. As a percentage of the net residents total 318, this gave an attendance percentage of 14.78% i.e. just under 15%. This was the ‘glass half full or half empty’ syndrome, depending on one’s point of view. The encouraging thing was a sprinkling of residents from the edges of the parish i.e. Blackbrook and Shottlegate.
NB The incidence of new names i.e. not previously recorded, needs to be established re the basic data base (see next item)
The listings held need to be rationalised and will be the subject of discussion between Martin Angold, Kevin Eaton and Michael Say. The key list is the email addresses which will provide the easiest form of contacting at least the core of residents with future communications.
There was general discussion about the attendance and the need to continue to work hard at gaining people’s interest. Chairman stressed that improving engagement was the order of the day. Suggestions to achieve this were;
1/ Ensuring that all on-
Action; MS to work with MA/KE to come up with a graphic modification.
2/ Holding Steering Group meetings in alternative locations to support and show inclusiveness.
Action; David Railton will provide Shottlegate WI meeting hall contact to
3/ Ensuring that a level of communications is maintained by both door-
Action; Michael Say to look at the programme and suggest tactics
4/ Taking a stand at the village fete. This was readily agreed.
Action; to be agreed
5/ Some form of big event, possibly social, to encourage engagement.
Action; Kevin Eaton to focus opinion for a provisional June date.
These had been circulated from the post-
Firstly, it was felt that the Location/Identity points had already been addressed with appropriate action points.
The Events points were not so easy to address as these were not generally related to the land usage platform of the Neighbourhood Plan. Inevitably, many of the activities would be down to local residents volunteering and supporting such activities. A separate forum may be the answer, as set up by the Idridghay group.
Action, Martin Angold, Kevin Eaton to consider this.
The Miscellaneous point were noted
Because of the anonymity of the notes provided, it was agreed that it will not be possible to individually answer points. Future communications, possibly a newsletter, can be used to summarise the points raised and likely actions.
Action; Michael Say re; communications suggestions. (See earlier note)
Parish boundary/referendum criteria
The discussion moved to the wide geographical area of the parish and its lack of connection, as ‘Hazelwood’, to outlying hamlets e.g. Shottlegate. Mike Wood felt that it would be useful to question AVBC as to what leeway there might be as regards villagers;
* not within the parish boundary
*contiguous to it
* interested in and potentially affected by the Neighbourhood Plan.
* currently, not able to vote because they are not parish residents
Action; It was agreed that Hazelwood Parish Council would be best to be seen to be making this enquiry. Keith Walker, as Deputy Chairman of the parish will make the approach ASAP.
Tasks and progress.
Mike Wood/Keith Walker -
A paper giving an inventory and description of the parish’s dwellings and character had already been circulated. Mike also presented a Planning Practice Guidance ref; ‘What is neighbourhood planning?’ hot off a Government web site
(http://planning guidance.planning portal.gov.uk)
which he urged colleagues to read in view of its relevance and timeliness.
It was agreed that the work was very much as required. Mike suggested another two months to test the criteria, vis a viz the guidance note and to generally develop the matter. In conjunction with that, Keith Walker is undertaking to provide the historical context.
Age profile -
The previously circulated paper showed the age profile to be slightly skewed to the over 65 group. The conclusions affected younger buyers because of a lack of affordable homes and older residents wishing to downsize but remain within the parish. Mike Wood had circulated his comments and suggested scenarios.
Mike’s comments also identified the need for further research to establish more information about both ends of the housing conundrum, as identified.
Action; This will be included within the communications considerations, as per earlier
Young people -
The suggested email link for suggestions from young people in the village had not, as yet, produced a response.
Community facilities -
Following a trawl through the questionnaire responses, Hugh had produced a comprehensive summary of current and wished-
Extension of the use of the Memorial Hall -
More voice and power over planning issues -
Affordable housing/provision for elderly -
Action; Hugh to continue developing thoughts. It may be an area for further research, particularly regarding the current Memorial Hall facility, usage, opportunities/constraints.
Again, a number of topics fall into the Parish Council’s remit -
Action; Martin Angold and Kevin Eaton
Landscape character -
A draft paper had been produced and was read out by Glen. This was thought to be well along the right lines. More work will be carried out and pictures included.
Action; Glen and Lesley plus the current draft to be sent on-
Planning history -
To follow on Martin’s return from holiday.
Vision, objectives, policies.
Michael Say put forward the suggestion that, even now -
‘Road map’ update.
This will be an agenda item for Martin Angold, Kevin Eaton and Michael Say at an early gathering. A suggested document, not yet circulated, was thought to need simplification; one side of A4 being the target.
Over the next three months, the rough outline could be;
Thursday April 3rd -
Thursday May 8th -
(Original, outline time frame of two months from January)
Draft vision, objectives and possible policies well advanced.
Any other business
The Secretary reported that Aimie Taylor from AVBC had officially confirmed Hazelwood Parish’s designation as a Neighbourhood Area, for the preparation of its Plan. Her email dated Feb 13 2014, refers.
Thursday April 3rd 7.00pm. Venue to be confirmed