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To receive apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
To receive any declarations of interest from Members relating to items to be considered on the agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
To consider draft reports.
Please note all the attached are draft documents.
The Professional Lead – Planning Policy advised that officers had met with Welsh Government officers last week and the latter had indicated that the Authority was heading in the right direction. The Welsh Government had made comments on some documents and further work was required in these areas. He advised that he would be briefing the informal Cabinet meeting the next day and then report to the Cabinet meeting on 13th September.
A number of documents were still being prepared including the Trajectory Paper on the five year housing land supply and the Conclusions Paper. He indicated that there were no substantial changes to the plan.
The Working Group noted that the original economic viability report regarding the provision of affordable housing was written in 2014 and this was updated in 2016. The District Valuer Service had been commissioned to prepare a review report and this would be used as the definitive paper. Based on various assumptions the District Valuer Service had now advised that affordable housing rates should be as follows for sites of five or more houses:
· Rural north Powys 10%
· Mid Powys 35%
· Severn Valley area 20%
· South west Powys 0%
The Welsh Government had questioned the threshold of five houses and whether this should be set at four. Officers were now checking to see if this could be viable. It was noted that in the authorities bordering south west Powys the rates were also 0%. It was noted that a Topic Paper had been produced on this.
As advised at the previous meeting a number of housing allocation sites had been queried by the Inspector in respect of the findings of the 2014 Viability Study. The Welsh Government had advised that statements were required from the developers for these sites as to their intentions in respect of starting the developments.
Employment land – further work was required in respect of safeguarding existing employment sites as this had also been questioned by the Welsh Government.
Assessments – the assessors’ reports were awaited but it was intended to report the recommendations arising from them to Cabinet.
To consider the draft report.
The Working Group noted the Further Focussed Changes and noted the revised Inset Maps.
A progress meeting, to be held in public, with the Inspector was scheduled for 15th September, 2016. After this meeting it is expected that the Inspector will write to the Authority to advise whether the LDP Examination is out of suspension, which would enable the consultation process to commence.