Remembrance Day Service at All Saints’ Church

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ncil was honoured to be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the community at All Saints’ Church, Crawley Road as part of the Remembrance Day Service on 13th November 2016. The brief service took place around the War Memorial in the grounds of the church.  Cllr Miss Alicia Smith, who joined the Council in September 2016, took part in the service and lay a wreath of red poppies on the Memorial. Cllr Miss Smith said that “it was an honour and privilege to represent the community and to lay the wreath on their behalf”.  The Parish Council would like to express appreciation to All Saints’ Church along with all of the churches in Roffey for their hard work on behalf of local people.

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DC/16/1677 – Development on land north of Horsham

Notes of a meeting of all working parties held on 5th October 2016 at 3pm at Roffey Millennium Hall

Purpose of the groups:- three working parties appointed to jointly develop a full response to the outline planning application recently submitted for development north of Horsham (DC/16/1677). The application includes housing (up to 2,750 dwellings), a business park (up to 46,450 m2), retail, community centre, leisure facilities, education facilities, public open space, landscaping and related infrastructure and has reserved matters except for access.
Remit of this meeting:- to review information gained so far, add any comment and facilitate moving forward.
Working Group Members:- Nicholas Butler, Frances Haigh, Roland Knight, Martin Loates*, Richard Millington, Helen Ralston, Tony Rickett, David Searle, Ray Turner*,  Ian Wassell, Roger Wilton, Sally Wilton. Resident Mr Laurie Holt*.
*Denotes present
Comments had been received on the first draft submission response. Developments would be made and brought to the next meeting of all working groups (now arranged for Monday 17th October at 4pm) in order to finalise the submission at the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting scheduled or 27th October 2016 at 8pm in the Tythe Barn.
The Planning Committee had agreed that the Council Clerk would approach consultants on a list which had been compiled from those which had been used by other Parish Councils locally, to ascertain general costs and capacity. In addition that  delegated responsibility be given collectively to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Planning Environment and Transport Committee, the Council Chairman and the Chairman of Finance to agree specific questions and concise areas of investigation that will assist the Parish Council with their response to the planning application. Their role extends to engaging a consultant to conduct a critique of traffic proposals and alternative solutions when it is considered appropriate. The Council must be kept informed at all stages.
Concern was raised regarding the new road going through existing ancient woodland and the consequent loss of ecology and Mr Holt indicated that he had made the Woodland Trust aware. He would also flag up concern about loss of habitat for the Pipistrelle bats that are prevalent in the area.
A meeting would be arranged to enable working group members to review the second draft of the response and put forward recommendations for a submission to the Council. A press release advertising the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting and updating residents would be released.

Further meetings and conclusion
•    6th October 2016 – 7pm  – Horsham Association of Local Councils (HALC) Meeting in Pulborough – opportunity to share information and discuss infrastructure implications with all HDC parishes.
•    Monday 17th October 2016 4pm – meeting of all working groups to finalise recommendations to Council.
•    Thursday 27th October 2016 – Extraordinary PCM at 8pm at the Tythe Barn to agree an initial response to HDC.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 3.30pm.

Notes taken by the Clerk (Pauline Whitehead)

DC/16/1677 – Development on land north of Horsham

Notes of a meeting of all working parties held on 29th September 2016 at 6pm at Roffey Millennium Hall

Purpose of the groups:- three working parties appointed to jointly develop a full response to the outline planning application recently submitted for development north of Horsham (DC/16/1677). The application includes housing (up to 2,750 dwellings), a business park (up to 46,450 m2), retail, community centre, leisure facilities, education facilities, public open space, landscaping and related infrastructure and has reserved matters except for access.
Remit of this meeting:- to review comments put forward so far to enable the first draft of a submission to be developed. To discuss concerns and process with the case officer for Horsham District Council (HDC).
Working Group Members:- Nicholas Butler, Frances Haigh, Roland Knight, Martin Loates*(arrived part way through and gave apologies), Richard Millington, Helen Ralston*, Tony Rickett, David Searle, Ray Turner*,  Ian Wassell, Roger Wilton*, Sally Wilton*. Resident Mr Laurie Holt*. David Lowin* – case officer for HDC, Helen Lowe* – Major Projects Team HDC.
*Denotes present
Mr Lowin clarified areas of the application raised by members, in particular policy relating to compliance with the Local Plan, affordable housing, commercial use, education, ecology and sustainability. Members’ concerns regarding the proposed junctions on the A264 were also raised.
Mr Lowin reiterated that it was likely that there will be continued dialogue between the developers and various agencies during the consultation stage of the planning application that may lead to changes in the application or more information coming forward. He confirmed that whilst it would be advantageous to put forward preliminary comments to HDC by the end of October 2016, there would be an opportunity to continue commenting as more information was gained throughout the process and up to the time it was put to Committee for decision.
An enquiry regarding the potential for the Parish Council to be involved with exploring how community facilities in the new development will be managed and owned was noted.
Mr Lowin offered to work with the Parish Council to give guidance as appropriate to reduce time and financial risks to the Parish Council.

Further meetings and conclusion
•    29th September 2016 at 7.30pm – Planning Meeting –  recommendations will be put forward for consideration.
•    5th October 2016 at 3pm – Meeting of all working parties.
•    6th October 2016 – 7pm  – Horsham Association of Local Councils (HALC) Meeting in Pulborough – opportunity to share information and discuss infrastructure implications with all HDC parishes.
•    27th October 2016 – Extraordinary PCM at 8pm at the Tythe Barn to agree an initial response to HDC.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.20pm.

Notes taken by the Clerk (Pauline Whitehead)
The deputy Clerk (Vivien Edwards) observed.