Saturday, January 28, 2012

South Somerset Core Strategy - Schedule for Open Meetings

This came through earlier in the week:

South Somerset District Council - Draft Core Strategy Committee Meetings Timetable

I am writing to respondents to the public consultation on the Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options), October 2010 and also to those who have expressed an interest in the Core Strategy. Over recent months officers have been considering and responding to the issues that arose during the consultation process. Their findings and recommendations will be reported to and considered by the Council's Area Committees and the District Executive during February and March before consideration by Full Council in April. The timetable of meetings is set out below:

Area North   22 February 2012  1.30pm, Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB. (Say hello to my fellow blogger Muck and Brass if you go to that one. )

Area South 7 March 2012 10.00am The Gateway, Yeovil, BA20 1QN

Area East 14 March 2012 10.00am Memorial Hall, Wincanton, BA9 9JF

Area West 21 March 2012 4.00pm The Shrubbery, Ilminster, TA19 9AR

Special District Executive 26 March 2012 10.00am The Gateway, Yeovil, BA20 1QN

Full Council 23 April 2012 6.00pm The Gateway, Yeovil, BA20 1QN

Please Note:

1) The dates for the Special District Executive and Full Council are provisional at this stage. You will be informed in advance if there are any changes to these dates.

2) Each Area Committee will only actively consider those development proposals within their area boundaries.

3) The timing of consideration of the Core Strategy is subject to other agenda items.

All meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend. Agendas and Reports will be available 5 working days before each meeting on-line at and in Council Offices. The Minutes will also be published on-line and made available in Council Offices. For further information please contact the Committee Administrator for the relevant Committee on 01935 462462.

The most talked about aspect of this is the plan for an 'Eco Town' to the south of the town centre, which has been the focus of intensive lobbying in some quarters. I hope that the final outcome reflects what's best for the whole community, including those who will eventually live in the eco town.

And if you're going to the meetings at the Gateway, do give yourself time to visit the excellent coffee shop.

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