The Planning Services Manager referred to the previous meeting held on 20 September 2012 when consideration had been given to three options for consideration. The preferred option looked to stabilising the population.
Plans were displayed at the meeting of possible suggested sites and the potential issues around such developments discussed. It was acknowledged that it was an evolving process.
Such plans showed areas in red where planning permission had been granted or where they were currently allocated in the Local Development Framework. In overall terms there were just fewer than 7,000 houses of which 2,600-2,700 were from existing planning permissions.
It was acknowledged that some of the sites were regarded as potentially more controversial than others.
The larger sites were not all for housing but included green wedges, potential schools and local centres. The intention would be to cater for local infrastructure and plan for dwellings rather than in a piecemeal manner.
An indication was given of ongoing discussions with the Highways Agency regarding transport solutions required in respect of certain areas.
Reference was made to the approved timetable and intention to develop a press strategy.
AGREED that a further meeting of the Working Group (avoiding a Tuesday and in consultation with Councillor Cole) be arranged prior to consideration of the report to the Executive.