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Parish Council 18th October 2010

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE EXTRA ORDINARY MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2010 IN THE MERRY BELLS AT 7.30 pm

PRESENT: Councillors: R J Reilly (Chairman), J. M. Carr, G. Birks, R. T .Bell,

C Sprent, N Messenger, S Coleridge, A Knapp, C Dalton, P Willmott &

R Old

OFFICER: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council

61.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Devlin, Coveley & Fyffe

62. TO CONSIDER A RESPONSE TO SOUTHOXFORDSHIRE’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CORE STRATEGY – Consultation ends 29th October 2010

The consultation document from SODC, with four questions asking for a response had been circulated with the Agenda

Overall the feeling of the meeting was that it should reiterate the comments made by the Parish Council in its response to “South Oxfordshire Core Strategy preferred Options Consultation” in March 2009

Q1 What do you think about us working to the South east Plan numbers?

“This Council believes the South East Plan’s figures are too high and were undemocratically decided and need to be adjusted downwards.”

Proposed by Cllr Birks and Seconded by Cllr Stacey. Agreed by 10 votes in favour  with one vote against and one abstention

Q2  What do you think about our approach to growth, dividing the district into just two areas and making it proportional to the size of each market town and village?

“It is possible that the dividing of the district into two areas may be acceptable.

Proportionality is not acceptable because in reality it has an unbalanced effect on villages. In any event Green Belt considerations are particularly relevant to villages including the larger villages especially Wheatley.”

Proposed by Cllr Birks, seconded by Cllr Willmott.  Agreed by 11 votes in favour with one abstention

Q3 What do you feel about us including a windfall allowance when we work  out how many homes we need to identify land for?

Windfalls should be included in the calculation” – This was Agreed

Q4  On sites for more than 5 houses where housing development is acceptable in principle, a density of 25 to 35 dwellings per hectare (net) and in town centres locations, of 35 to 40 dwellings per hectare (net) will be required, unless such densities would have an adverse effect on the character of the area

“Acceptable”

Proposed by Cllr Reilly and seconded by Cllr Bell and Agreed by 11 votes in favour with one abstention

63. Cllr Birks asked permission of the meeting to report on the draft of the letter she had been asked to prepare at the last Parish Council meeting, to Mr Bowler, OCC Highways, concerning his e-mail stating that due to lack of finance the Church Road experimental Traffic Order would not now be implemented. Cllr Birks was given permission to outline her draft reply.

Overall the Council approved the reply but wished to say that both parts of the scheme, “No Entry” except for buses at the Kings Arms junction into Church Road and the No Waiting restrictions, should continue to be our demands.

64.    DATE OF NEXT MEETING – MONDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2010 – Noted

The meeting closed at 8.15pm