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Declaration of Interests.
(Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest to the meeting and leave the room without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a Councillor is permitted to remain as a result of a grant of dispensation.)
Councillor Colin Brown declared a personal interest as owning a parcel of land within the area of the plan. He did not consider himself as having a prejudicial interest or a disclosable pecuniary interest and therefore would remain in the meeting for the debate and vote.
Councillor Bryan Alcock declared a personal interest as owning land within Crowland. He did not consider himself as having a prejudicial interest or a disclosable pecuniary interest and therefore would remain in the meeting for the debate and vote.
Councillor Alison Austin declared a personal interest as he husband was a Trustee of the Boston Woods Trust, who had participated in the consultation. She did not consider herself as having a prejudicial interest or a disclosable pecuniary interest and therefore would remain in the meeting for the debate and vote.
To sign as a correct record the notes of the meeting of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on 27 November 2015 (copy enclosed).
The minutes of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on 27 November 2015 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
To consider the initial findings of the public consultation exercise on the Draft Local Plan. (Report of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Policy Unit Manager enclosed.)
Consideration was given to the report of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Policy Unit Manager, which asked members to consider the contents of the South East Lincolnshire Draft Local Plan Summary of Consultation Responses, attached at Appendix A to the report, and to approve the recommendations set out in section 2.0 (A-G) of the report.
At its meeting held on 11 September 2015 and 27 November 2015, the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (the Joint Committee) gave consideration to reports relating to the approval of the contents of the ‘Draft Local Plan’ for the purpose of public consultation. Following approval by the Joint Committee, a public consultation exercise was held between Friday 8 January 2016 and 19 February 2016 inclusive.
A total of 433 individuals and organisations responded to the consultation, which gave rise to 1,666 separate comments. Appendix A to the report provided detailed information on the nature of the public consultation exercise and a summary of the responses received on each section of the Draft Local Plan.
Following officers’ consideration of the information held within Appendix A to the report, a number of key issues had been identified. A ‘member steer’ on the key issues was required in order to guide further work. The issues mentioned were considered to be key because they were felt to be fundamental to the next stage of work on the Local Plan, which would include evaluating new sites submitted as part of the recent consultation and then identifying the preferred sites for development. Part and parcel of this work would also be to consider whether changes were required to be made to the settlement hierarchy and also the level of additional housing proposed for each settlement. Other site-related work concerning employment, retail and open space uses would also be undertaken.
The key issues were then considered as follows:
a) Objectively Assessed Housing Need
The Deputy Joint Policy Unit Manager noted that 22 representations were received in relation to the proposed housing need for South East Lincolnshire. It was considered that no compelling evidence was provided by objectors to substantiate reviewing the Strategic Housing Market Assessments to identify greater housing need. The primary motive for seeing the identification of a greater housing need appeared to have been to allow a greater number of sites to be supported by the Local Plan. Presently, there was no evidence that an increase in the supply of housing land would bring an increase in the delivery of housing over and above the current identified needs. The adopted Local Plan would however be subject to review.
It was recommended to members that the overall housing needs identified in the recent Draft Local Plan remained the basis for the evaluation of preferred sites.
Councillor Brewis agreed that as the adopted Local Plan would be subject to review there would be no need to alter the current figures provided within the draft version.
Councillor Alcock added that there may be a public perception that the figures included within ... view the full minutes text for item 22.
Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.
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There was none.