Designed by Ian Parris © Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Plan

Nether Heyford

Date:  Thursday 26th April 2018, Meeting No. 18


Tony Clewett (Chair)

Tom Dodd (Vice Chair)

Sue Corner (Secretary / Treasurer)

Jeremy Rice

Pat Andrews

Vernon Cameron Ilott

George Atkinson

Ian Parris

Peter Cambatta


Pat Andrews gave his apologies for missing the previous meeting.

1. Progress Update

Finance – Our application for £3,700 being the balance of our grant has been approved.  The period of the grant is until the end of March 2019.  We also have available to us £3,000 from the Parish precept.  £2,700 of the grant is earmarked for professional fees and £1,000 is to cover print costs for the fete and also for banners and leaflets to advertise the referendum.  We still have £591.33 in the account.

Village Fete – The fete this year is on Saturday 9th June and a plot has been booked.  We shall be presenting preliminary findings of the site assessment process.

Site Assessments – Decision taken to include the Gladman site as it is listed alongside the other sites identified in March 2016, and residents are aware of it.  This takes the total number of sites being assessed to nine.

The Working Group has put together a list of evaluation tests against which each site will be assessed along with a scoring mechanism.  The Steering Group worked through the list for one of the sites to test their value.  Minor changes were made and the list is attached to the minutes.

Ellie Gingell at SNC is tracking down contact details for the owner of the land at the rear of Wakefield Way.  SNC are also analysing the results of the Housing Needs Survey to identify the number and mix of houses we will need to plan for to meet the requirements of the village over the life of the Plan.  Once the assessments are completed we should be in a position to match housing needs with the most suitable sites.

2. Next Steps

Finance – SC is in the process of completing the due diligence form which needs to be submitted by 9th May.  Funds should be available within 10 days of this date.

Site Assessments – A number of methods will be used to assess the sites including contact with landowners for information which they should be able to give us, information which is available on-line, expert opinion and visual inspection.  It was decided to use Wednesday evenings during May to visit each site in turn and score the relevant evaluation tests and to take photographs.  We’ll meet at 7pm as follows:

 Wednesday 9th May Wakefield Way and NNC’s land off Bugbrooke Road

 Wednesday 16th May Persimmon site and Malcolm Tarbox’s land

 Wednesday 23rd May Winston Close, Ridgway Furlong and Gladman site

 Wednesday 30th May Church Lane and Rice’s Paddock

A map of the sites is attached.

We need a method of calculating how many properties would be able to be built on each site.   There are formulae which can be used to calculate a number per hectare, but to be confident that any development will compliment its surroundings, one way is match the density to that which exists already within the village.  TC undertook to carry out this piece of work, and the resulting figure will be applied to all sites.

Once Ellie has tracked down owner’s details, SC will contact all landowners concerning availability, contamination and buried infrastructure.

3. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Group will take place on Thursday 31st May 2018, at 7.30pm in the Youth Club.