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Posted - 14 Dec 2011 :  11:58:35  Show Profile
On the News page of this site, the parishioners are told of two possible developments being considered.What concerns me is the following statement.
"Angmering Parish Council has had discussions with at least one of the developers but these have been outside formal Council meetings and what has been recorded from those discussions does not appear to be available to the public."
Two questions spring to mind,
1/ How many Councillors were aware of these discussions?
2/ As these developments concern parishoners, shouldn't these be the very people the Council keep informed, instead of leaving it to be made public on sites like this.

It might be interpreted that the Councillors might have forgotten who put them there and who they represent. I hope not.

Edited by - Nigel on 14 Dec 2011 12:40:31

Chair 2011/12

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Posted - 15 Dec 2011 :  23:19:28  Show Profile
Knowledge that Angmering is a ‘Front-Runner’ in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan has encouraged some developers to contact the Parish Council in advance of making formal applications and some indeed making requests to be involved with the Plan discussions. The position that the Parish Council finds itself in when these speculative requests are made is unclear because councillors have no wish to be seen as in any way appearing to ‘approve’ of any plans at this stage. There is, however, an expectation that, within the Neighbourhood Plan environment, such discussions and engagement with potential developers is encouraged and expected.

For this reason, Angmering Parish Council has written to Greg Clark, the relevant Government Minister, asking for guidance and possibly regulations on this matter, so that there is clarity in what is being done. What the Parish Council will not do is to use the knowledge of possible development to publicise any details it has just as an attempt to ‘scupper’ the proposal, otherwise the mistakes of the past will reoccur and everything will be done behind the backs of those very representatives that will look after the interests of the Angmering Community.’

The developers for the Rugby club accepted our invitation to present their proposals to the Steering group meeting and will now hopefully be working alongside the working party as they progress their plans. This is in line with the CLP and will be an excellent example of how the CLP should work.

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