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Parish Council Minutes - January 2003 (Special)


Minutes of the Meeting of the Helmdon Parish Council held on
Monday, 6th January 2003
in the Reading Room, Helmdon at 7:30 p.m..


Councillors Burns, Brookhouse, Glassett, Ayres, Bearman, Gittens, Spendlove and Earl.

District Councillor R. Digby.


Apologies were received from Councillor England. and County Council Shepherd-Cross.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and comment on the following three reports:

NCC Structure Plan review 2021
SNC Draft Cultural Strategy
SNC Draft Economic Development Strategy.

The District Councillor spoke about the SNC documents and a general discussion took place.

It was agree the Clerk should respond to the questionnaires at the end of each report as follows:

1. SNC Draft Cultural Strategy.

The Council voted on the report as follows:

In Part
Not at all

Item 4 Comments:
i) Concern was expressed regarding Housing and Health
ii) The layout of the appendix is very difficult to follow.
iii) It appears to be an ill thought out strategy document.

2. SNC Draft Economic Development Strategy:

Comments :
i) South Northants is considered to be an affluent area and is forgotten in many instances to its disadvantage in favour of other areas.
ii) The Council is relatively happy the document has achieved the coverage we would expect.
iii) As it is not an action plan the PC will be very interested in seeing sight of the draft Action Plan when it is available.

3. NCC Structure Plan Review 2021

i) The Parish Council raised the question of where South Northamptonshire will be when and if regional organisations are revised.
ii) The Parish Council expressed concern about regionalisation that is currently taking place and asked for information as to where regionalisation is going at present and in which region Helmdon can expect to end up.
iii) The Parish Council discussed the report in detail and replied to the various questions posed in the report as follows:

1. Immediate counties close to Helmdon.
2. we are concerned with the expansion of Milton Keynes and its effect on South Northamptonshire.
3. improving local and neighbourhood routes.
4. all.
5. not at the expense and effect on local farms and villages.
6. Yes
7. depends on their individual views
8. depends on their local views
9. depends on their local views
10. leave to local decisions
11. Yes - leave to local decision
12. Yes - leave to local decision
13. No - leave to local decision
14. No - leave to local decision
15. leave to local decisions
16. Yes - the first part
17. ? no comment
18. Yes
19. leave solely to local decision
20. No
21. Planning gains to be local
22. leave decisions to local planners
23. No
24. No
25. Yes - leave to local decision
26. All the foregoing issues should be addressed within the plan

The meeting closed at 9:15 p.m.

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