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Hazelwood Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Steering Group

Date; Thursday October 15th, 2015.

Venue; Bowls Club Pavilion, Hazelwood.

Present; Martin Angold, Kevin Eaton (Chairman), Glen and Lesley Wall, Judy Harris,

Kay Reid, Robert Walker, Michael Say.

Apologies; Bob and Irene Wrigley, Keith Walker, Mike Wood.


The Minutes for the September 10th meeting were agreed and signed by the Chairman.

Matters arising.


Consultation – update.

Chairman reviewed the tactics used to set up the programme and thanked all concerned for their efforts. Aside from the emails messages sequence, everything was in place and the first of the drop-in sessions had taken place – see below.

NB The last of the email messages will be altered to remind parishioners of the last drop-in date, Sat, Nov 7th.   

 MS to action with Martin Angold and the send date will be brought forward slightly.

Drop-in sessions

Chairman reported that the first drop-in session on the previous Tuesday had seen four visitors attending with a mix of reasons.

Subsequent sessions need to ensure that;

1/ The Memorial Hall is lit so that it appears open and welcoming.

2/ The banner is used over the doorway

The next date, Wed Oct 21st, will have to use the inner porch because of existing bookings.

Email responses.

Michael Say reported that these were starting to come through. These will be saved within a pc file for later consideration by a working group.


Meeting with AVBC – Rachael Coates and Aimee Taylor.

Martin Angold reported that, together with Kevin Eaton and Michael Say, they had appraised AVBC of their Consultation tactics. These had appeared to be satisfactory.

AVBC will, in fact, be using an outside consultant to carry out a ‘Health check’ on the draft Plan, as this will save time. This was welcomed.

An observation by Rachael Coates was that the wording of Policy 1 was likely to need amendment because of the reference to ‘adjacent to’ and its underlying potential for ribbon development over the years.  It was agreed that this continues to be difficult as regards pinning down the exact intention.  It is certainly not to encourage ribbon development and requires more work to strike a balance between cautiously enlarging the built settlements over a measured period and controlling overall growth.

Policy 6 regarding re-use of agricultural buildings may also need attention in the light of recent changes to Town and Country Planning rules i.e. 2014 no. 564.

Martin Angold’s departure.

Chairman advised the meeting that this was in fact Martin’s last appearance as a Steering Group member; his house move to Dorset being imminent.  He thanked Martin for his immeasurable contribution to the group and said that the whole Neighbourhood Plan initiative had been due to Martin’s keen appreciation of how this would benefit the Parish. On a personal level, Kevin thanked Martin for his mentoring role which had been invaluable to him. Everyone present wished Martin and Barbara all the very best in their new home.



Next meeting

Thursday November 19th, 7.00pm, Memorial Hall.