Thanks to all who came to the Neighbourhood Plan stall at today’s farmers market. As you may expect, the great majority indicated that we should keep the numbers of new houses down to the ‘minimum’ number in the SSDC local plan.
This minimum was (helpfully) defined as a ‘guideline’ by the Lavers Oak planning inspector. He, and the Ringwell inspector, said that the number should not be significantly exceeded and the Ringwell inspector indicated that a 32% excess (which Ringwell would have created) was ‘well beyond the broad level of housing envisaged for Martock’.
In order to keep numbers to this level we must be able to persuade the SSDC planners and our SSDC Area North representatives to stick to this guideline when planning applications are considered.
The result of the Farmers Market vote was:
First Choice 150 31votes, 150+ 16 votes, 300 2 votes
Second Choice 150 10 votes, 150+ 20 votes, 300 3 votes
Third Choice 150 0 votes, 150+ 3 votes, 300, 29 votes
Not everyone cast all three votes.
We hope to have a stall at all the Markets this year