Present: Phyllida Culpin-Chair (Allington), Andrew Leppard (Bridport), Phillip Grey (Bridport), Ian Harvey (Bradpole), Glenn Crawford (Bridport), Richard Freer (Allington), Bob Gillis (Bridport Town Council), Caroline Parkins (Chamber of Commerce), Jak Ford, Jo Hewetson), Jo Witherden.
In Attendance: Sal Robinson (Minute Taker), Tricia Dendle (Bradpole Parish Council) and 5 members of the public (Margaret and Richard Toft, Gavin Fryer, Roy Mathisen and Raja Jarrah).
The minutes were agreed and signed.
Present: Phyllida Culpin-Chair (Allington), Andrew Leppard (Bridport), Phillip Grey (Bridport), Ian Harvey (Bradpole), Glenn Crawford (Bridport), Richard Freer (Allington), David Hill (Bothenhampton & Walditch), Bob Gillis (Bridport Town Council), Richard Nichols (BLAP), Jo Witherden.
In Attendance: Sal Robinson (Minute Taker), Tricia Dendle (Bradpole Parish Council) and 8 members of the public (Margaret and Richard Toft, Sue and Gavin Fryer, Alan Heeks, Kevin Chappuis, Raja Jarra and Horatio Morpurgo).
2. Minutes of previous meeting were agreed
3. Local Plan Update and Implications.
• Jo Witherden gave a brief update.
• It was AGREED to write to the Local Plan Inspector registering concerns about his decision not to allow time for the Neighbourhood Plan to be completed prior to recommending the draft Local Plan for adoption and to question his use of the term “exceptional circumstances” in the following sentence on page 35 of his report – “On balance and having regard to the site’s location and other issues I have referred to, I consider there are exceptional circumstances to justify the identification of Vearse Farm in the LP.”
• Everyone agreed that whilst it was important that the Local Plan was in place, the Neighbourhood Plan would still be able raise issues of concern to local people, influence the delivery of sites within the Local Plan and address other areas that may not be covered by the Local Plan such as policies on low cost/affordable housing, public transport etc. The potential scope for the Neighbourhood Plan was looked at under item 5 below.
4. Consultation Results.
• Jo went through the initial high level analysis of the questionnaire. The major area of public dissatisfaction appears to be transport / traffic, which was not included within the draft objectives. It was AGREED to add an additional Transport objective.
• Bob said that more detailed analysis of the consultation will be will be undertaken and circulated to all next week.
5. Scope of Working Groups.
• The Steering Group members split into small groups covering each of the themes, to discuss suggestions made by Jo, who will document and circulate the feedback.
6. Launch of the Working Groups - Proposals.
• AGREED: That a launch event will be held for people to learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan and to volunteer to be involved with the Working Groups o displays based around the objectives / themes
• Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at Bridport Town Council Offices (Mountfield)
• Separate session by personal invitation for people who have already volunteered for Working Groups (approx 100 so far) o to be held Friday (late afternoon / early evening) and Saturday (am and pm) at the Town Hall – date to be arranged
• The Working Groups will be launched after this event
• AGREED that work on the detail for this be delegated to a sub-group.
7. Next Meeting.
• AGREED that the next meeting will be at 7 pm on Wednesday 23 September.
• AGREED that the sub group will meet on Wednesday 9 September to discuss the letter to the Inspector
• Work out the details for the event to launch the Working Groups – date, advertising, displays etc
8. Any Other Matters.
• Ian said that the structure of the Working Groups needs to be determined. Bob said that Jo would work on this for discussion on 23 September.
• Bob to give Phil updated Steering Group member’s details for the website.
• Bob said that Hallam Land is coming to the Bridport Town Council Planning Committee meeting on Monday 7 September, 7 pm at Bridport Town Hall. Ian and Andrew said they would attend.
• Sue Fryer said that she has spoken to many people about the Neighbourhood Plan and felt that there was a need for more publicity to continue to raise awareness. Bob said that this will be addressed.