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CBC’s Draft Local Plan Settlement Capacity Study for Maulden

Central Bedfordshire Council: Initial Capacity Study for Maulden.

The initial settlement capacity study in Central Bedfordshire councils draft local plan can be found on Central Bedfordshire Councils website at the following address

www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan

A copy of the study for Maulden taken from the website can be found below.

MAULDEN

Maulden is a small village with a residential population of 3,130 people in around 1,290 dwellings (161). The village is located 1.5 miles to the east of Ampthill and 3 miles to the north-east of Flitwick, and is located on a minor road from Ampthill to Clophill. The settlement is situated on the Greensand Ridge and is classed as a residential village and serves larger settlements in commuting distance.

CONTEXT & ASSETS

Planning: The Parish boundary is identified by Central Bedfordshire Council (162) and Maulden does have a Neighbourhood Planning Area, however the plan is yet to be developed. Maulden is bordered by Green Belt land to the west of the village which prevents coalescence with Ampthill to the west.

People, Community Facilities and Services: The geo-demographic profile (163) of Maulden identifies the Parish as consisting of elderly people reliant on state support”, “owner occupiers in older-style housing in ex-industrial areas” and “successful professionals living in suburban or semi-rural homes”. ONS data (164) for Maulden reveals the median age of residents to be 43, and that the village has more residents under 16 than over 65.

Maulden has a small collection of services and facilities which include a community centre, a pre-school/nursery, a lower school, a convenience store, three food serving pubs, outdoor recreational facilities and a children’s play area. The settlement does not have secondary education facilities, restaurants/takeaways, health facilities or entertainment venues. Notable towns with superstores close (165) to the Maulden area include Ampthill (approx. 1 mile), Flitwick (approx. 3 mile) and Shefford (approx. 7 miles). Maulden has a number of active clubs and groups.

Leisure Strategy sites (166) are present in and around the village, including a recreation ground and amenity space. The settlement has a large surplus of informal large recreation areas and a small surplus of formal large recreation areas and allotments. However, there is a deficit of small amenity spaces, play areas for children and facilities for young people (167)

Education: Redborne Upper School and Community College is close to capacity; however, any spare existing capacity is likely to be used to accommodate growth already showing in the pupil forecast. The school site has the capacity for expansion (168). Maulden Lower School is at capacity, however, any spare existing capacity is likely to be used to accommodate growth already showing in the pupil forecast. The school site has the site capacity for expansion. Alameda Middle School has some existing capacity, although pupil forecasts predict an increase and the school cannot accommodate expansion

Employment: The village does not contain a major employment area (169). Employment data (170) for the area shows that 14.7% of residents work part time, 38.8% of residents work full time and 14.7% are retired. Full time employment figures for the village are lower than the Central Bedfordshire averages, whereas the retired figures are higher. The main industries of employment in the village are wholesale & retail, construction and education. 26% of residents work within the ward and 18% work elsewhere within Central Bedfordshire. The most commuted to location outside of Central Bedfordshire by ward residents is Bedford (171).

Transport and Movement: Maulden does not have access to the primary road network, but is connected to Flitwick via Flitwick Road to the south and Clophill via Clophill Road to the east. The village does not have a railway station, and the nearest station for the village is Flitwick, 3 miles to the south-west. Bus Stops are also present within the village. Ampthill Road through Maulden is often seen as an alternative to the congested A507 for some motorists travelling between Clophill and Ampthill. This has prompted concerns to be aired by local residents and the Police as to the safety implications of speeding traffic within the village, and a priority for local action (172)

Bus: Whilst there are a large number of different services, they are infrequent, do not operate on Sundays or outside of peak periods, and are heavily reliant on being subsidised by Central Bedfordshire Council (173)

Other Infrastructure:

Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment: Maulden is located in the Clophill Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) catchment area. The other settlements located in this catchment area are Clophill and Silsoe. The settlements in this WwTW catchment have a combined capacity of 2442 dwellings (1774)

The National Grid is to be investigated when other technical studies are completed.

Landscape & Land Quality:

Landscape Character Type (LCT): Maulden is located partly within the Mid Greensand Ridge LCT, a large scale ridge with a gently undulating ridge top. The village extends south to the Flit Greensand Valley, with it’s small pockets of wetland vegetation, market gardening and scattered farmsteads. The area has a strong underlying heathland character and a high ecological value due to the number of nationally important sites present. The LCT also has extensive areas of Deciduous Woodland, Mixed Woodland and Coniferous Plantations, and primary transport routes, cross the area (175)

Best and Most Versatile Agricultural Land: The village of Maulden is located within Grade 3 agricultural land (sub grade 3a or 3b unknown) which extends north, east and west of the village. To the south of the town the land is Grade 2, and further north, beyond the band of Grade 3, is additional Grade 2 land. Further to the south-east of the village is an area of Grade 1 land.

Historic Environment: Maulden has a small collection of Listed Buildings which are mostly situated around the former village green in the east of the village. A small number of individual Listed Buildings are located in the south of Maulden. Maulden’s Conservation Area is situated in the east of the village around the former village green. The area is characterised by the green space, dramatic views of countryside to the south and the separation of the church from the village gives significance to the spaces between them. Earlier houses in the Conservation Area have timber frames and thatched roofs, whereas red brick has been used for infilling (176). Bolebec Farm moated enclosure is to the north of the village, and is a Scheduled Monument. The entire eastern side and middle of the village is in an Archaeological Notification Area.

Biodiversity: Maulden Church Meadow is a SSSI, County Wildlife Site (CWS) and Local Nature Reserve is east of the village, as is the much larger Maulden Wood and Pennyfathers Hills SSSI, which also contains the Maulden Woods & Heaths CWS. Duck End Marshly Grassland CWS is to the south of the village and along the southern border of the settlement boundary is the Flit Valley CWS. Lowland Dry Acid Grassland exists to the east, as does Lowland Meadows. The settlement is also located within the Greensand Ridge Nature Improvement Area. The Green Infrastructure Network borders the settlement to the north and south and is part of GI corridor 6 (177). The Biodiversity Network surrounds the settlement to the north, east and west.

Flood Risk: Flood Zones 2 and 3 border the town to the south, however the flood zones are not directly bordering the village, but are around 1.5km south of Maulden (178).

SENSITIVITY & DEVELOPMENT EFFECTS

The settlement contains sensitive environmental receptors including best and most versatile agricultural land, SSSIs, County Wildlife Sites and Green Belt land. The settlement also contains designated heritage assets in the form of Listed Buildings, a Scheduled Monument and a Conservation Area. The sensitivity of the settlement community and environment is considered to be MEDIUM-HIGH.

CAPACITY ASSESSMENT

Communities

1. Education: There is room for limited growth and also expansion at Redborne Upper School and Community College as well as Maulden Lower School indicating a medium to high capacity.

2. Healthcare: Lack of healthcare facilities indicating a low capacity.

3. Retail/Groceries/Newsagent/Post Office: Convenience store and post office present indicating a medium to low capacity.

4. Leisure/Cultural: Outdoor recreational facilities and Children’s Play areas present indicating a medium capacity. Development could contribute to addressing deficits in the provision of small amenity spaces, play areas for children and facilities for young people.

5. Green Belt: The west of the settlement is constrained by designated Green Belt land.

Transport & Movement

6. Rail links available in the settlement of Flitwick around 3 miles away, and the settlement is not well-served by bus services which are infrequent and of varying quality, indicating a low capacity. There is no direct access to the strategic road network and the settlement suffers from through-traffic.

Environment

7. Development in the north-east has the potential to affect nationally designated biodiversity (SSSIs). Any development in the north, east and west of the settlement is constrained by the Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Networks.

8. Any development around the settlement is likely to result in the loss of best and most versatile agricultural land.

9. Development in the far south of the settlement is constrained by flood risk areas, and locally designated biodiversity.

10. Development in the east of the settlement may affect designated heritage settings.

11. Development to south of Maulden would be visually highly intrusive, mean loss of attractive and good quality soils.

12. Additional infill results in loss of characteristic open spaces which gives Maulden character and provide views to Maulden Woods or the panoramic views to south.

MAULDEN SUMMARY

Capacity: Medium (without Green Belt release: Medium)

Development in the north-east of the settlement may require mitigation measures to avoid negative effects on biodiversity but could also lead to environmental improvements through increased connectivity between Priority Habitats and existing green spaces. Though there are flood risk areas to the south of the settlement these could be avoided through the appropriate siting of development.

Development in the west of the settlement would be subject to the lifting of Green Belt restrictions.

Overall, the settlement offers opportunities to encourage sustainable development, particularly in the south of the settlement, which is well connected to the existing urban area, and could deliver development gains and improve service and facility provisions in the settlement. Development could also deliver a range of housing for the local community, and there may be potential for environmental improvements.

References
161 Central Bedfordshire Council (2015) Ampthill Ward Profile
162 Central Bedfordshire Council Call for Sites Settlement Maps
163 Central Bedfordshire Council (2015) Ampthill Ward Profile
164 ONS (2011) Neighbourhood Statistics- Maulden Lower Layer Super Output Area (008D)
165 Google Maps (2016)
166 Central Bedfordshire Council Leisure Strategy GIS Map Data
167 Central Bedfordshire Council Leisure Strategy Parish Profile
168 Central Bedfordshire Council Education Capacity Information (2016)
169 Employment and Economic Study (2012) Stage 1 Report [existing employment sites]
170 ONS (2011) Neighbourhood Statistics- Maulden Lower Layer Super Output Area (008D)
171 Central Bedfordshire Council (2015) Ampthill Ward Profile
172 Central Bedfordshire Council (2012) Ampthill & Flitwick Local Area Transport Plan 173 Ibid. 174 JBA Consulting (2016) Central Bedfordshire Water Cycle Study
175 Central Bedfordshire Council Landscape Character Assessment (2015) Type 6
176 Maulden Village Conservation Area (2008) [Online] http://www.mauldenvillage.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2014/02/Maulden-Conservation-Area.pdf
177 http://bedfordshirenaturally.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/GI-plan-leaflet.pdf
178 Environment Agency (2016) Flood Map for Planning

Central Beds Draft Local Plan – Links and information

Various links to CBC’s draft local plan can be found below:

Documents are available on Central Beds website (http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan) and at the Council Offices in Chicksands.

During the consultation, CBC have asked for feedback to be submitted online have your say – or in writing at:

Local Plan
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
SG17 5TQ

There are opportunities to talk to Central Bedfordshire Council about the Draft Local Plan at a number of drop-in-sessions. There is no need to book.
Public drop in sessions (2pm – 8pm):
11th July, Marston Sports Pavilion
20th July, Biggleswade Town Council
26th July, Arlesey Village Hall
7th August, Sandy Village Hall
9th August, Caddington Sports and Social Club
In addition to the drop in sessions, CBC have also prepared a Local Plan summary leaflet a copy of which can be obtained from the Parish Council or Neighbourhood Plan Steering group.

Have your say!

You can have your say about the local plan here Have your say

You will need to register first. Click on the green pencil icon to open the comment editor for Maulden. A quick way to navigate is by using this link http://centralbedfordshire.jdi-consult.net/localplan/readdoc.php?docid=11

Click on the green pencil icon to open the editor

cbc local plan maulden comment editor screenshot
CBC local plan Maulden comment editor screenshot

Or against each paragraph in the local plan, as shown here.

CBC local plan comment editor
CBC local plan comment editor

What happens next?

Following consultation CBC will consider all of the comments they receive and these will inform the next version of the Local Plan (known as the Pre-Submission Local Plan) for comment in spring 2018.
From late 2017 to early 2018, CBC will be running another series of Community Planning events across Central Bedfordshire. Details will be published nearer the time.

Additional Information

Below is a link to a page where you can review the sites for Maulden. You just need to click on the purple button at the bottom of the page. When you’re on the ‘Current Documents Open to Public Consultation’ page then click on ‘Site Assessment Forms (Housing)’ and scroll down to the (93) pages covering the 32 sites (9 provisionally accepted 23 rejected) in Maulden.

Directly underneath on that page, is the link to the parish maps so you can see where the sites are.
(NB. Check the area covered carefully as the names of some sites are misleading.)

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/call-for-sites/review-criteria.aspx

CPRE’s Initial Response

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have produced an initial response to the plan. This can be found here
CPRE – initial thoughts

Initial Settlement Capacity Study

A copy of the initial settlement capacity study for Maulden can be found on the following page

http://www.mauldenvillage.org.uk/2017/08/03/cbcs-draft-local-plan-settlement-capacity-study-maulden/

 

MV NHP Steering Committee Minutes 31st May 2017

Maulden Neighbourhood Plan Logo

STEERING GROUP

Minutes of the 13th meeting – 31 May 2017

Held in the upstairs Meeting Room, at The George Inn, Maulden, 20:00hrs
Present:

Committee/Working Group Members
Alan Plom [Chair/Leader of Infrastructure WGp] (AP)
Simon Barnes [Vice Chair/Leader of Housing WGp and Local Economy WGp] (SB)
Sarah Michael [Treasurer / Social, Education & Welfare + Housing WGps] (SM)
Ruth Plom [Secretary / Social, Educ &Welfare WGp] (RP)
Cllr Roger Ball [Parish Council rep / Housing WGp] (RB)
Cllr Philip Jackson [Parish Council rep] (PJ)
Cllr Christine Inskip [Social, Educ & Welfare WGp] (CI)
Marilyn Caves [Social, Educ & Welfare WGp] (MC)
Mike Browning [Environment WGp] (MB)
Nigel Coote [Local Economy + Comms WGps] (NC)
David Illingworth [Housing WGp] (DI)
Julie Sheppard [Housing WGp] (JS)
Apologies for absence
David Bailey (DB)
Alan Murray [Comms, (resigned)]
Mark Bingham [Social, Education & Welfare WGp]
Cllr Stephen Summerfield
Julian Smith
Danielle Smith
Cllr Paul Downing
Cath Benneyworth (CB)
Leslie Reynolds (LR)

Welcome, Introductions and Update from the new Chair

Alan Plom (AP) took the Chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting – including new ‘face’ David Illingworth and Julie Sheppard (returning as an observer). Unfortunately, David Bailey (DB) was unable to attend at the last minute due to work commitments. Alan thanked David, Julie and Alan Murray (who also had to stand down) for their previous input. DB hoped to be able to help again in a few months, eg reviewing Working Group documents for input onto the software.
Despite the disappointment of these recent losses, AP stressed that the Group had achieved a lot in the year or so it had been meeting and it was vital to the future of the Village that the Group should continue to work towards consulting residents and producing a draft Plan for a referendum vote. The MNP will be a 2-5 year project, and could be speeded up with the help of paid/funded consultants.
It was noted that some were unsure what their posts entailed or of they could manage to fulfil them. If necessary an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) could be called in ~6 months.
We need to work closely with Maulden Parish Council (MPC) and updates are presented to the PC meetings usually by Cllr RB and also AP. PJ agreed – a number of other PC members usually attend MNP meetings too.

Minutes of previous meeting (26/4/17)
Agreed.

  1. Matters arising

3.1 AP pointed out that a number of actions arising from previous meetings were still outstanding. He tabled an incomplete draft Action Log capturing some of these. [ACTION: AP to finalise Action Log for next meeting.]
3.2 Other issues included:
Young people to be involved. SB said Alameda +Redborne had been uncommunicative.
AP suggested ideas for projects e.g. for Redborne School Drama or Economics Depts. We need ideas for projects and contacts to get them involved.
JS said she had noted children’s comments. [ACTION: AP/SR To obtain from Dropbox]
3.3 Previous minutes etc to be updated in Dropbox folders [ACTION AP/RB]

  1. Village update – recent events or emerging issues

4.1 CBC’s draft ‘Local Plan’
94 people had attended CBC’s Consultation Event at Haynes in February – of which 16-20 were from Maulden – compared with the 95 at Maulden Village Hall. There were some adverse comments about the questionnaire (eg not easy to decide between options). PJ was also critical of CBC’s Plan as it encompasses lots of villages and towns with different needs. Key issues and ‘requests’ for Maulden included:-
a need for a new village centre and village hall
more footpaths
a need for first time buyer houses, family homes and smaller homes for the older generation
school places will increase with more housing, so a new school at Redhills or current building expanded
a walk-in Health Centre
open spaces to be protected, e.g. Greensand Ridge
[ACTION: AP and SB to mention this at CBC NHP Training event.]

4.2 Analysis of joint NHP/Maulden PC housing consultation meeting 3/4/17 (AP/RB)
RB created a template spreadsheet based on the questionnaire, and Mike Browning (MB) had transposed the information on to it. [ACTION: SM offered to analyse.]
AP said DB had mentioned he has software which can be used for further analysis. [ACTION: AP to ask DB for software and what he had in mind.]
NC offered to produce an ‘infographic map’ but the base map needs to be clearer than the Call for Sites map. [ACTION AP/NC to contact Siobhan Vincent at CBC.]
CBC are in the process of matching sites to their criteria – to Exec on 14 June and publish on 29 June – this should indicate those sites not meeting CBC’s criteria, so MNP to wait to see which sites are agreed.
AP explained the use of the colored dots system, to indicate individuals preferred building sites vs those to be protected. BRCC could do the analysis of this, if necessary.

4.3 MPC meeting 8/5/17 feedback (RB)
RB reported that the Chair and Vice Chair from Wooton PC had talked about use of CCTV in a rec there.
SM had spoken about the need for defibrillators in the village, and this issue is to be discussed at the next PC meeting. [SM and JS have since obtained pledges/donations sufficient to provide two machines.]
Two applications had been received for the 2 vacancies for co-opted Parish Councillors.

4.4 Planning requests
The application for 49 houses at Old Farm, Clophill Road had been rejected.
The number of new houses in Maulden has been requested but CBC not released yet.

5 Funding – Update on funding application and MPC’s interim funding (SB)
ACTION: SM and SB to get together to set up a bank account
SM has gone through the Risk assessment, and this will be reviewed after SB and AP have attended the CBC training on 9/6/17
Funding of £3,000 x three years is available from CBC – Each bid must be supported by 2 quotes and spent within 6 months. CBC had also advised that this cannot be used to pay retrospective bills.

6 Working Group Updates (WGp Leaders)

6(i) Progress, activities and changes – reviewed briefly, as none received in writing. [ACTION: RB to produce full list of (active) members for next meeting]:
Housing – Considered to be the most important group at present. SB offered to lead, as no other volunteers. Other members: RB, JS, SM, MB & DI. [ACTION: SM to review RB’s spreadsheet. DB to advise]
Business/Local Economy – SB (leader) no new members, no further actions. Most of businesses within the village not interested in what’s going on. 90% work from home. SB suggested door to door leafleting to get support/money.
Social, Education & Welfare – JS had resigned as leader, and not replaced. Other members include SM, RP, MB, CI and MS and others had attended meetings, but were unable to continue. JS had prepared the initial questions, the ‘As Is’ statement, and a full questionnaire, consulting with RP and SM. MB had joined the group. No recent meetings.
Infrastructure – AP had not been able to arrange a liaison meeting yet with Safer Maulden (SB and Saqhib Ali), Speed Watch (Malcolm Crawford) and MPC Cllrs, but he had received comments from Lloyd Hynes (now ex-MPC and as an individual not Cllr). The ‘As is’ statement is virtually complete, but needs updating to take account of recent feedback at events and comments on MV.
Environment – but needs updating to take account of recent feedback at events and comments on MV.MB to contact Sue Raven, Greensand Trust.]
Regulations – DB originally offered to pick this up but it now needs a new leader. Also no volunteers! [ACTION All: Need someone to lead on ‘Regulation’.]

6(ii) Communications
AM has now stood down as lead on Communications and contact with the media.
SB now leading, working with SB and NC. Their draft leaflet was tabled and the content and design (green and yellow logo and border) was approved – subject to minor changes. The PC had suggested the map on the reverse of the leaflet should be simplified, ie without the call for sites numbers, to avoid confusion.
The wording regarding non-availability of school places is to be amended and the date of our monthly meetings and contact email added.
Leaflets cost ~£140+ to print 5000, enough for the village. [SB to be the MNP contact.]
JS pointed out that survey questionnaires need to be phrased to include all age groups, similar to the one prepared for the Social, Education & Welfare group.
The final referendum will be held after all the WGp questionnaires have been issued, returned and analysed.

6(iii) Publicity
The leaflet (+ banner) design, production and cost to be funded initially through a £250 loan from MPC – sufficient for 5,000 to be printed (1,500 houses x 3 per household) + 500 for the Village Show. [ACTION: SB to amend leaflet and arrange printing.]
SR has set up a website domain and email at mnp.org linked with mauldenvillage.org [ACTION: SB to check OK]
The Church Magazine gets the widest coverage in the Village.
More people are using Maulden Voice Facebook group, encouraged during the recent Gas Outage.
The leaflet should ask how MPC and MNP should communicate what the villagers want.
PJ has a voters list for MPC for a whole village issue. This is separate to the Church’s information.
Ideally, we need a list of all email addresses in the village, for an email bulletin board, and door to door leaflets will cover non-internet users

7 What next?

Urgent actions were discussed and delegated, including:
7(i) Funding from the MPC – to be discussed at next council meeting. [ACTION; AP and SB to see what is in CBC training. [ACTION: SM to research]
7(ii) Leaflet – see 6(ii) and 6(iii) above,
7(iii) Banner – see 6(iii) above
7(iv) CBC Training (9/6/17) – SM not available. ACTION: AP/SB to attend.
7(v) MNP Constitution, Terms of Reference/Roles & Responsibilities. [ACTION: AP to finalise for next meeting.]
7(vi) MNP Project Risk Assessment to be completed after CBC training [ACTION: AP/SB]
7(vii) MNP Project Plan – timetable and costs to be done after CBC training [ACTION: AP, SB, SM]
7(viii) SGp and Village Consultation meeting dates – AP to arrange an Infrastructure WGp meeting with all the core groups, including Safer Maulden. 27/6/17 suggested as Village Hall only available on Tuesdays. [ACTION: AP to convene meeting.]
7(ix) Other urgent issues: ACTION: AP to resolve in consultation with SG leaders before next meeting.

8 AOB

8(i) AP suggested joint surgeries with MPC Cllrs, but these had not been successful.
8(ii) Next meeting = Wednesday 28 June at 8pm in The George.

Meeting ended at 21:45pm.

Maulden Village Show, Village Hall, Saturday 24th June 2017. 12-3pm

An afternoon of musical performances with an array of stalls, bouncy castles, pony rides, raffle and BBQ.
Free Entry

MV NHP Steering Committee Minutes 26 April 2017

Minutes of the 12th meeting – 26 April 2017

Held in the upstairs Meeting Room, at The George Inn, Maulden, 20:00hrs

Present

Committee/Working Group members:

Simon Barnes Acting Chair (Treasurer/Chair Local Economy WG)

Alan Plom (Secretary/Chair Infrastructure WG)

Cllr Roger Ball (Maulden Parish Council)

Simon Ratcliffe (Local Economy WG)

Ruth Plom (Social, Welfare, Education WG)

Observers:

Cath Benneyworth

Leslie Reynolds

Mike Browning

Nigel Coote

Apologies for absence:

David Bailey (SG Chair)

Alan Murray (Communications)

Marilyn Caves

Julian Smith

Mark Bingham

Cllr Philip Jackson (MPC Chair)

Cllr Stephen Summerfield (MPC)

Sue Bluffield

Ian Hill-Smith

  1. Welcome and Update
  1. Simon Barnes (SB) chaired the meeting as David Bailey was unable to attend due to work commitments.  Simon stressed that pressure of work and other personal commitments was becoming a significant problem for the Group, with two key people who may not be able to remain involved. 
  2. More volunteers are needed urgently to help build on the work done so far. This is vital if we are to deliver the Plan, which is “massively important” to the future of the Village. It was agreed that we particularly need to involve younger members of the Community.
  3. This could be delivered through a series of ‘mini-projects’.  AP suggested these could form ideal topics for students at local schools to incorporate in their studies, eg produce a film aimed at the ‘younger’ generation.

     [ACTION: SR to establish contact with Redborne, via Alameda School.] 

  1. Minutes of previous meeting (29/3/17)

Agree subject to 2 minor amendments [Min 8.1(b) Action = SB, and 9(iv)] and Simon signed. [ACTION: AP to amend and post in the NHP Dropbox folder and on MauldenVillage.org website.]

  1. Matters arising and review of actions (carried forward from previous meetings)

Actions arising from 30/11/16, 25/1/17, 22/2/17 and 29/3/17 not covered on agenda were deferred to the next meeting.    [ACTION: AP to produce a summary list for next meeting.]

  1. Village update
    1. CBC’s draft ‘Local Plan’ – consultation [RB]
  1. Siobhan Vincent (CBC’s Neighbourhood Involvement Officer) had explained the consultation process for CBC’s ‘Community Plan’ at our last meeting. RB reminded us that the views of attendees at the “Shaping Where you Live” event held at Haynes Village Hall on 23 Feb were collected by completing a questionnaire and placing coloured dots on a map showing the sites selected from CBC’s Call For Sites exercise. A photo of the map and subject headings had been posted on Maulden Voice. [ACTION: AP to post copies in Dropbox.]
  2. CBC’s  questions were grouped under the headings:
      • Local Character
      • Transport
      • Jobs and Business
      • Environment
      • Homes
      • Growth and Infrastructure
  1. CBC’s analysis had just been published and RB anticipated this will be presented at MPC’s next meeting (8/5/17).  [ACTION: RB to summarise the findings at the next NHP meeting.]
    1. Joint NHP/Maulden PC Housing consultation meeting (3/4/17) [AP/RB]
  1. All agreed that this had been a very successful meeting. Nearly 100 had attended the meeting in the Village Hall on 3 April. The strips of 7-colour dots left over from CBC’s consultation were used to identify individual’s preferences, ie 3x ‘for’ and 3x ‘against’ the potential development sites selected by CBC.  The multi-coloured dots avoided ‘herd-mentality’, and the extra white dot was used to link those placed on the map to completed Questionnaires. The MPC-owned land from the corner of Clophill Rd and Silsoe Rd to the allotments had also been added to the map as another option.
  2. Alan and Ruth Plom were thanked for analysing the location of the 325 coloured stickers placed on the Call for Sites map.  This had revealed a few apparent clearer ‘majority preferences’. In particular: ‘no-building’ on the site adjacent to Ampthill, the land behind Duck End Farm, the ‘Pig Farm’ on Clophill Road and Old Hall Farm on Clophill Rd. Two sites with a significant majority in favour ‘for’ building were the MPC-owned land on the corner of Clophill Rd and Silsoe Rd/Allotment area, and land behind The Brache.  [ACTION:  Mike Browning offered to type the stats into an Excel Spreadsheet]

[ACTION:  Nigel Coote said he could produce an ‘infographic’ type map summarising the analysis. Suitable format map to be obtained from Robbie Locke/Siobhan Vincent.]

  1. DB had adapted the Housing Questionnaire produced for the first NHP Introductory meeting in January, so they could be linked to the placement of dots on the Call for Sites map, and to record detailed information about the demand, size and type of properties needed. [ACTION: Volunteers needed to analyse the questionnaires. To be raised at AGM.]
  1. As people arrived they were asked to complete a signing-in slip, and invited to provide their address and/or leave a contact email address.  It was also emphasised that the information being collected would be anonymous.  However, ‘only’ 56 (of a potential 95) forms had been handed in.  It was assumed some represented the views of couples.  A small number admitted they had come from Ampthill – who would probably have objected to the large adjacent site.  [NB. They were asked to indicate they were from Ampthill on their forms.] 

[ACTION: Ruth Plom agreed to type names and email addresses into a spreadsheet so we can contact attendees in future.]

    1. Report from Maulden Parish Council meetings (13/3/17 + 27/3/17) [RB/PJ]

Cllr Roger Ball gave an update on relevant developments since the last MPC meeting on 27/3/17 – including the ongoing discussion about introducing ‘Health Hubs’ in Central Beds and the status of MPC’s ‘Working Groups’/sub-Committees regarding the requirement to hold meetings in public IF they were ‘decision-making’ bodies.

    1. Recent Planning Applications

RB confirmed that the PC had objected to the recent applications on the grounds that they are outside the ‘Development Envelope’; would cause a loss of green spaces and agricultural land; the school being full and increased traffic, as well as foreshadowing the emerging Maulden Neighbourhood Plan. It was suggested that a map of ‘recent and pending’ Planning Applications should be produced and maintained for public reference.

[ACTION: RB to ask Cllr Allen if there is a complete list which could be made available.]

  1. Funding
  1. SB (NHP Treasurer) explained that the application for funding had not been finalised due to other pressures, and the fact that several written estimates are needed for each item of proposed expenditure.  [ACTION:  SB to discuss with DB and submit application asap.]
  2. RB confirmed that the PC had also agreed to ‘loan’ the NHP up to £250 for publicity materials etc, in advance of funding being received. This would be available in the 2017-18 budget.             
  1. Project Plan
    1. AGM
  1. The proposed AGM on 25 April proved impossible due to the non-availability of key individuals and work pressures.  SB’s proposal to hold the AGM immediately before the next meeting, in The George and starting at 19:30hrs, on 31 May, was agreed. [ACTION: SB/AP to discuss agenda with DB.]
  2. SR suggested we should be radical – ie consider changing the structure away from ‘formal Committees’ (which can turn people off getting involved) to ‘Focus Groups’.  AP recalled these had been used successfully by some other NHPs. [NB. Reports are available in Dropbox and hard copy (from AP).] SB advised that the Steering Group was in effect a small ‘Executive Committee’ to which Working Groups reported. Consultants might also be able to advise us on alternative structures.  AP suggested that the CBC NHP Training Day would also be an opportunity to discuss what others have done and what works (or not!).
  3. (iii) It was agreed that a resume of the year and the proposed introductory leaflet – using the (to be finalised) logo – will be presented at the AGM. The AGM will be advertised on social media. A poster could also be produced for display in local shops and pubs. It could also be advertised via Maulden Lower School.  [ACTION SB/SR]
    1. Steering Group & Working Group Membership

As discussed earlier, more volunteers and active support is needed. This would be raised at the AGM.

    1. Developing the Timeline
  1. AP reported that Julian Smith had a contact in a local consultancy company (Woods Hardwick Associates) who had already prepared an NHP for Bletsoe and had recently been commissioned to produce Henlow’s NHP. [ACTION: AP to obtain details and a quote if possible.] 
  2. The Project Plan will be reviewed at the AGM. [ACTION: SB to discuss with DB and AP.]
    1. CBC Training Event

AP had contacted Siobhan Vincent – the training session has been deferred from Friday 28 April to another Friday, in May (date TBC).    [ACTION:  AP to chase up CBC again and inform WGp Leaders of date, asap.] 

  1. Working Group Updates
  1. Infrastructure – AP reported that he had established contact with the person who had pushed through the traffic calming measures in Greenfield.  He has agreed to advise the Group. AP had also discovered some useful research reports on Traffic Calming, posted on the Dropbox by DB last year.
  2. Other WGps – Deferred to next meeting. AP reminded members of the wide range of information relevant to each Group that DB had posted in Dropbox.  [ACTION:  WGp Leaders to review available information.]
  1. Communications
    1. MNHP Logo – SR has adapted the design. [ACTION: SR to circulate the final design, TBC with SB.]
    2. Publicity Statement – for leaflet, etc.  It was agreed effective ‘communications’ is vital and a ‘Communication Team’ should be created – to include SB, SR, NC and AM.  [ACTION: SB]
    3. (iii)Banner – Ideally needed for the AGM. [ACTION:  AP to resend quote to SB.  SB to arrange purchase – possibly using MNHP funds?]
  1. AOB
  1. Next meeting + AGM = Wednesday 31 May, starting earlier at 7:30pm, in The George, with the Steering Group expected to start at ~ 8:30pm.  [ACTION: AP confirmed upstairs meeting room is booked – through to November.]

Meeting ended at 21:30pm

MV NHP Steering Committee Minutes 29 March 2017

Minutes of the 11th meeting – 29 March 2017

Held in the Main Bar, at The George Inn, Maulden, 20:00hrs

Present

Committee/Working Group members:

Simon Barnes (Treasurer/Chair Local Economy WG)

Alan Plom (Secretary/Chair Infrastructure WG)

Cllr Roger Ball (Maulden Parish Council)

Simon Ratcliffe (Local Economy WG)

Ruth Plom        }

Mark Bingham } (Social, Welfare, Education WG)

Sarah Michael  }

Apologies for absence:

David Bailey (SG Chair)

Alan Murray (Communications)

Cllr Christine Inskip (MPC)

Marilyn Caves

Julian Smith

Guest Speaker

Siobhan Vincent (CBC)

Observers:

Cllr Philip Allen (MPC)

Cllr Philip Jackson (MPC Chair)

Cllr Stephen Summerfield (MPC)

Cath Benneyworth

Ian Hill-Smith

Leslie Reynolds

Mike Browning

Mike Hill

Nigel Coote

Sue Bluffield

  1. Welcome and Update

Simon Barnes (SB) chaired the meeting as Chair David Bailey was unable to attend at the last minute.  The upstairs meeting room was double-booked so we met in the bar (not ideal due to background noise). It was reported that Julie Sheppard (Vice Chair and Chair of the Social, Education & Welfare WG) had resigned from the Steering Group and was no longer working on the Plan, leaving a significant vacancy.  Julie was thanked for her input and will be sorely missed.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting (22/2/17)

Agreed and Simon signed – [ACTION: AP to remove ‘draft’ from title before posting in the NHP Dropbox folder and on MauldenVillage.org website.]

  1. Matters arising and actions carried forward

The full lists of matters arising (from 30/11/16, 25/1/17 and 22/2/17) deferred to next meeting.

  1. Village update
  1. CBC’s ‘Community Planning’ event (23/2/17)
    1. Siobhan Vincent (CBC’s Neighbourhood Involvement Officer) explained that the “Shaping Where you Live” event held at Haynes Village Hall was one of a series in Central Beds.  It was intended to gauge the preferences of residents (in Maulden, Clophill and Haynes), to feed into CBC’s ‘Community Plan’. The analysis and conclusions will be available in ~4 weeks.
    2. The draft Plan is scheduled to be presented to CBC’s Executive Committee on 6 June, followed by an 8-week consultation period. It will then be amended as necessary, before issued again for comment and finally returned to the Committee in December 2017. The final Local ‘Community’ Plan is expected to be published in summer 2018.
    3. Several NHP Steering Group and MPC members had attended (including SB, AP, RB and Philip Jackson and Phil Allen). PJ thought that CBC’s questionnaire was ‘light’ on housing and preferences for type of development could not be indicated.  Others thought that the options given were not clear. Philip also asked when the results of the Call for Sites exercise, criteria and guidelines on numbers for Parishes to work to, would be released.
    4. Siobhan reported that of 846 sites submitted 220 had been filtered out for consideration. The outcome would be available by end of June 2017.  Although the draft CBC Plan would not be binding, it will provide evidence for CBC and PC’s to consider in relation to planning applications.  She also advised that any housing agreed before the Plan was published would not be included in the projected totals.
    5. PJ stressed that the village still needs a Neighbourhood Plan – agreed by referendum – as this would have significant influence on planning decisions. MPC has objected to the recent applications on the basis that they are outside the ‘Development Envelope’ and would cause a loss of green spaces and agricultural land, etc, MPC has also referred to the emerging Maulden Neighbourhood Plan and these applications being “premature and insufficient”.
    6. However, the PC accepted that the village will have to grow to meet future targets, possibly by as many as 200 houses. The current problem is that CBC has to work in accordance with the current National Planning Framework, which gives a presumption of approval – even if the infrastructure is inadequate.
    7. Any development should be allowed in the least damaging way so collecting the evidence to support objections is critical. This would also inform what we could request Developer’s contribute to the village.  This would come from the levy imposed on developers (under ‘Section 106’) for developments of more than 5 houses.  The village also needs to decide if it prefers to allow ribbon/in-fill developments vs maintaining existing open areas.
    8. The views of residents will be collected at MPC/NHP meetings (eg on 3 April) and from the ‘all-village’ survey. SB suggested that the NHP should consult Developers for their views too. Care was advised as ‘informal’ conversations could be misconstrued and quoted in applications. It would be better to consult on the agreed sites, to be announced by CBC after 6 June.
    9. The potential and (financial) advantages of MPC-owned land being offered for development was also discussed. This could be offered to CBC even though they are not on the current Call for Sites list. Although such sites would not be included in CBC’s Community Plan it could be considered as a ‘windfall site’ and suitable for development in preference.
    10. Concern was expressed that Maulden (or any other parish) could be used to ‘soak up’ unused ‘quota from other parishes.
  1. Joint NHP/Maulden PC Housing consultation meeting (3/4/17)
    1. This meeting is intended to help the Parish identify sites which residents would prefer to ‘fill’ or ‘protect’. It was proposed to use CBC’s ‘Call for Sites’ map as a basis for this exercise – although 75% of sites across Beds had already been rejected by CBC, so some of those in Maulden may not now be an option anyway.   
    2. PJ suggested that although the ‘interim’ Housing Questionnaire produced by the NHP for the first NHP Introductory meeting in January was not finalised, this format would provide the necessary information about the demand, size and type of properties needed. [ACTION: DB to send latest version of the ‘Housing Questionnaire’ to PJ, and AP to ensure sufficient copies printed for use at the meeting on 3 April.]
    1. Coloured (eg green/red) dots could be used to identify individual’s preferences ‘for or against’ locations. Siobahn offered the strips of numbered colour-coded dots left over from CBC’s consultation exercise. [ACTION:  SV/CBC to deliver the ‘dots’ + full-size maps and relevant leaflets to AP, before the meeting on 3 April.]
    2. Useful comments were made by The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) in their objections to the Old Farm site on Clophill Road. They highlighted the importance of the landscape around the Greensand Ridge, demonstrated by the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership recently receiving £1.66M Lottery Funding to ‘protect and preserve’ the area around the Ridge. Their submission letter is available via the CBC Planning Portal, but a copy will be posted on the NHP section of www.MauldenVillage.org  website.  [ACTION: AP to post copy of CPRE’s on the NHP webpage.]
  1. Report from Maulden Parish Council meetings (13/3/17 + 27/3/17) [RB/PJ]
    1. Cllr Roger Ball and Philip Jackson reported briefly on two recent MPC’s meetings. At their meeting on 13 March the PC had agreed in principle to offer some PC-owned land (near the School and allotments) for development.
    2. The PC meeting on 27 March considered the planning applications for 21 houses nr Trilley Field, at Hall End (not in the Call for Sites); 23 on land near Wheatlands Close and the development at Green End (5×5 bed dwellings).  PC has objected on the grounds above, plus the school being full and increased traffic.
    3. The PC had increased its Council Tax as it had not been increased for some years and the Council will overspend on its precept, mainly on replacing and improving lighting.
  1. Funding
  1. SB (NHP Treasurer) reported that he had met with DB and AP on Sat 26 Feb to complete the online application, but had been unable to obtain all the information needed to complete and submit it to CB. This has still not been completed, due to pressure of work on key individuals.  [ACTION:  SB/DB to complete and submit the formal application.]
  2. PJ confirmed that the PC had also agreed to ‘loan’ the NHP up to £250 for publicity materials etc, in advance of funding being received.  An account for the NHP funds will need to be set up, via MPC and invoices should be sent to the PC as these would not then be subject to VAT. [ACTION: DB/SB]            
  1. Project Plan

Deferred to next meeting.

  1. Working Group Updates

Deferred to next meeting.

  1. Communications
  1. Discussion deferred, except:
    1. Introductory text – needed for leaflet, etc [ACTION: AM]
    2. Logo – SR had produced a couple of versions, with split support.  Ideas were exchanged which he will consider and try to revise before the Housing meeting. [ACTION: SR]
    3. Quotes – needed for funding application, including publicity materials, a banner and the website. [ACTION: SR]
    4. Delivery of survey and/or leaflets – Street Watch and the Scouts were suggested.
  1. AOB
  1. NHP AGM – AP reported that the Village Hall is still booked on 25/4/17 for another NHP/MPC consultation meeting. This date was too early for the proposed NHP Infrastructure Group/Traffic Calming meeting, so NHP Chair had suggested this could be used for the NHP AGM with a view to filling all Steering Group posts and Group Leaders. New members and helpers are needed.
  2. Training needs – The CBC training event is provisionally planned for Friday 28 April, at the Greensand Trust HQ, on the A6. SV asked what we needed, and was advised that WGp leaders need a steer on framing their questions and getting the wording ‘right’ for completing and analysing the Survey effectively; the format of ‘As Is’ Statements and production of the final report. It would also be a good opportunity to learn any tips from others.

[ACTION: AP to contact Siobhan Vincent to confirm arrangements and who is going.]

  1. Speeding/Traffic data – Phil Allen asked for any recent information that could be used to challenge the applications, eg at Hall End as well as Green End. Deadline 14 April. [ACTION: AP to contact Maulden Speed Watch Coordinator, Malcolm Crawford.]
  1. Maps – Nigel Coote has access to maps. [ACTION:  Robbie Locke (Environment Group Leader) to discuss with Nigel.]
  2. Next meeting – Wednesday 26 April, 8pm in The George [ACTION: AP to check room booked.]

Meeting ended at 21:45pm

MV NHP Steering Committee Minutes 30 Nov 2016

Minutes of the 8th meeting – 30 November 2016

Held in the Meeting Room, at The George Inn, Maulden, 20:00hrs

Present

Committee/Working Group members:

David Bailey (Chair)

Julie Sheppard (Vice Chair/Chair of Social, Education & Welfare WG)

Simon Barnes (Treasurer/Chair Local Economy WG)

Alan Plom (Secretary/Chair Infrastructure WG)

Cllr Roger Ball (Maulden Parish Council/Chair Housing WG)

Mark Bingham

Emma Jackson

Ruth Plom

Angela Strevens

Guest Speakers:

Siobhan Vincent (Central Beds Council Neighbourhood Involvement Officer)

Jemma McLean (Community Development Officer, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC)

Observers:

Cllr Philip Jackson (MPC Chair)

Alan Murray

Madelyne Edwards

William Edwards

Julian Smith

Ian Hill-Smith

Ron Williams (Street Watch Coordinator)

Barry (Name not recorded)

Apologies for absence:

Cllr Christine Inskip

Marilyn Caves

Patricia Bragg

Cllr Jayne Walker

Absent:

Robbie Locke

Andrew Draycott

Simon Ratcliffe

  1. Welcome and Update from the Chair
    1. The Chair:
  1. welcomed everyone to the meeting – especially our guest speakers from CBC and BRCC, and other new attendees;
  2. described how the Steering Group is currently structured and our activities to date;
  3. explained that as we are now sufficiently organised and able to start to ‘reach out’ to the community, we have started to raise awareness via Maulden Voice and other direct routes of communication, eg at meetings, and had put out an open invitation for anyone to attend the ‘pre-meeting’ in The George to meet members. 
  4. was pleased to see the ‘new faces’ around the table and encouraged everyone to share and record their concerns or suggestions on the topic-based ‘Ideas Sheets’ laid out on the tables (and to provide their contact details).                                                                                         [ACTION: This will be a regular feature at meetings to enable the ‘less vocal’ to have an input];
  5. highlighted the 2 recent ‘shocks which had woken up the Village’ and the significant part played by members of the Group, ie the major ‘gas outage’ incident which had put significant strain on the area’s infrastructure (eg electricity, emergency planning, communications, village hall, food outlets, etc) and the consultation in the Village Hall on the proposed housing development on Clophill Road.
  6. Invited all present to outline their role, interest and any relevant experience/help they could bring to the process.
  1. Minutes of previous meeting (26/10/16)

Agreed and signed by DB.

  1. Matters arising and actions carried forward

Matters arising were reviewed briefly and mostly dealt with under agenda items. Outstanding items listed under AOB (Item 10)

  1. Village Update
  1. Gas Incident – The most notable issue was the 5-day long gas ‘outage’ in mid Nov, following damage to the main pipeline under the new housing development in Abbey Lane, Ampthill.  This had highlighted the need for and importance of emergency planning and effective communications. Maulden Village Hall was used as the area’s ‘Command Centre’ – considerable damage was caused to the grass, but this will be repaired.  The developers involved (Bloor Homes) had already contributed to the (larger) Village Christmas Tree.
  2. The impact and general response across the area was discussed. CBC’s ‘Emergency Response Committee’ had been very active behind the scenes, coordinating the various agencies and voluntary groups. NHP Vice-Chair JS was also widely complimented (including by National Grid) for her efforts to keep the village informed via Maulden Voice.  The unprecedented number of posts and responses from organisations and villagers had been widely read and information was passed on effectively to those not ‘on-line’. The ‘Community Spirit’ shown by people and organisations offering help to others was also remarkable and should be built upon.
  3. Public Consultation – The other recent event of note was the exhibition held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 1 Nov about the proposed development of 50 houses at Old Farm on Clophill Road.  It was widely felt that this was a speculative exercise and was not well-run, mainly due to lack of information and the representatives of the consultants (ADAS) being unfamiliar with the area and its problems.  It was felt that their Survey questions were ‘loaded’ and didn’t cover such issues as infrastructure and increased pressure on facilities and utilities. Concerns were also expressed that it was likely the site could be expanded into adjacent fields, and several local residents have already been approached to sell land. This emphasised the value of having a formal, enforceable NHP. CBC’s Local Plan specifying a ‘target’/limit for new dwellings in the area is keenly awaited.             [ACTION: All to consider CBC’s Local Plan Consultation doc – due out on 17? Jan 2017.]
  4. The timing of the ADAS Consultation event (held between 2 and 6:30pm) was also criticised as it was not suitable for those at work, and this would result in the feedback being skewed.          [ACTION: This limitation should be remembered for any NHP consultation meetings held in future. We need to consider how to canvass the views of residents more widely.]
  5. However, several members were able to attend the Consultation event and it proved to be a useful opportunity to raise awareness of the NHP and to get comments from residents (using the leaflet summarising the HNP and seeking comments (and help).
  6. Cllr Jackson suggested this event was a useful model for future consultations and said that ADAS have agreed to share their feedback and also the results of their traffic survey. This would inform the strategic thinking for MPC and the NHP.               [ACTION: PJ/MPC to obtain ADAS survey information for use by NHP WG’s]

5. Support from CBC

  1. Siobhan Vincent (SV) explained that CBC’s Planning Policy Department are developing the Local Plan and that her role as Neighbourhood Involvement Officer is to assist local Town/Parish groups to develop their NHPs and to provide a link into the Council and its Officers. 26 of the 79 parishes in Central Beds are preparing local ‘Village Plans’ and all are at different stages. NHPs can take between 18 months and 4 years, but SV considered that Maulden is comparatively well-advanced with a good structure and background information already obtained. She also reassured us that the large number of other ongoing projects would not impact adversely on the priority and support we would receive.
  2. Siobhan emphasised that NHP’s are the resident’s Plans, not any Council’s and Officers accepted that they will differ, to reflect each community and its specific needs. However, CBC is keen to ensure that NHPs in its area are consistent with the ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ and support ‘sustainable development’ – in line with the Local Plan. CBC Officers realise the additional legal ‘weight’ of NHPs and they will be used and considered up to Sec of State level in appeals against Planning Applications.  Early and continued liaison with CBC (via SV) is therefore vital. [ACTION: AP to send copies of NHPSG Minutes to SV.]
  3. It is also important to ‘get the wording right’ and SV can help us to draft Policies. Training can also be organised for WG leaders and others involved, together with other NHP Groups. A list of other areas developing NHPs is available on CBCs website. We have already had contact with Clophill and Marston, as well as Hail Weston (in Cambs).  Examples and templates from other published NHP and Community Plans have also been obtained and circulated.            

[ACTION: DB/AP to arrange training session, via Siobhan and/or Sally Chapman (at Chicksands?) asap.]

  1. SV was asked if Parishes would be given a target for development, ie ‘x’ area of land to deliver ‘y’ houses. At present there is no target, and requirements are being discussed with neighbouring local authorities. It is expected that NHPs will create a matrix of ‘preferred sites for development’, eg based on local ‘housing needs’ surveys (with Communities expressing their choices in terms of what is ‘desirable’ as opposed to ‘achievable’, in response to NHP questionnaires) and local knowledge of significant factors such as areas at risk from surface water would provide an evidence base against which developers would have to justify any alternative sites. It is also important to pull out positives as well as negatives from planning applications and base any objections on solid evidence and statistics.
  1. DB reminded the meeting that the NHP must be fair and support CBC’s Local Plan, but should reflect the local needs for housing which is “appropriate, suitable, affordable (including shared ownership or subsidised) and sustainable”, with choice for those who want to remain in the village and ‘down-size’ or move into sheltered accommodation, or others who want to move into the area. However, the NHP is not just about housing, but also businesses / economic and social structure, employment, education and other community needs (eg village hall, facilities for the disabled or mentally ill, different age groups, etc).
  2. Consultation on CBC’s initial ‘high level’ Document closed on 1 November 2016, but it is still available on CBC’s website.  This divided the CB area into ‘corridors’ with Maulden in the middle and defined as an area suitable for ‘small developments’, restricted to 4 different areas.  [ACTION: DB to put CBC’s Con Doc on NHP’s FB Group.]
  1. Applying for Funding (Support from BRCC)
  1. Jemma McLean described her role as the Community Development Officer with Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC). She is funded by CBC (working 2 days/week) to provide independent/neutral advice, to signpost information for NHPs and help to apply for funding. A total of £9k is available for NHP’s, with a minimum of £1k to be paid per instalment, each to be spent within 6 months.. This is a relatively easy, non-competitive process, provided certain criteria are met. The draft Maulden NHP Project Plan will need to be finalised.          
  2. Jemma has been involved in producing Town and Parish Plans and Village Statements for 10 years, helping with Community consultation, arranging events and designing questionnaires. This will help us to identify the demographics and how we can reach all of the population. 
  3. BRCC’s Rural Housing Liaison Officer has carried out Housing Needs surveys and they are also involved in Green Infrastructure Planning, carrying out assessments for environmental projects, analysing use of green spaces, etc.               [ACTION: DB, AP and SB to arrange meeting with JM at BRCC.]
  1. Report from MPC
  1. Cllr Ball had no additional information to report since the last meeting. The next MPC meeting is on Monday 12 November 2016.  Several members propose to attend.
  1. Working Group updates
  1. ‘Regulation’ (ie ‘Governance/Regulation/Legal & Crime’ WG) – Police Crime Report recently posted on MV. New Chair needed as DB will need to stand down to provide independent oversight and coordination between Working Groups. Chair. [ACTION DB]
  2. Local Economy / Business – SB reported on his initial (unsuccessful) attempt to contact the 115 businesses listed on the Register – only one was returned. He is intending to contact them all directly in person, and is developing a leaflet for this approach. There are some very large companies based in the village and we also need to remember the 3 pubs are significant employers too.
  3. Housing – RB has started the ‘As Is’ statement, but still needs help. RB is not sure he is best placed to do this. [ACTION: RB to discuss with DB]
  4. Infrastructure – AP explained that he needed to expand his current draft ‘As Is’ Statement following the recent major gas incidents, and several other comments made at the meeting.
  5. Environment – No update provided by RL. Alan Murray suggested we ask if a local student is studying planning, with a view to getting them to do their thesis on the village.
  6. ‘Social, Education and Welfare’ – JS circulated her latest report and draft ‘As Is’ statement. Their first meeting was on 15 Nov, and there are now 10 people on her sub-committee, bringing a range of experience and information. However, these are weighted towards the older generation and input is needed on health and education (especially early years), as well as sports clubs and other community groups, to paint a full picture of the village.
  7. ACTIONS (including those outstanding from last meeting):
    1. Consistency: DB to spend time with each WG Chair, for consistency of ‘As Is’ Statements and to help start devising the Questions for the Village Survey.
    2. WG Secretary: The possibility of employing a ‘professional’, to assist Group Leaders when paperwork becomes onerous (and if sufficient funds are available). 
    3. Consultants – Navigus (or similar) to be contacted to attend one of our meetings,  after our training, as we will be better informed and get more out of them.
    4. ‘Roles and Responsibilities’AP to re-circulate copy of Hail Weston’s guidance and discuss with DB.
    5. Survey PermitDB/AP to check if we need a ‘license’/approval (from CBC) to distribute the leaflet/Questionnaire.
  1. Communications Update
  1. Publicity – We have started to ‘reach out’ to the community, eg via the Parish Magazine and Social Media – Maulden Voice Face Book group has been used to raise awareness of the Group and public invited to comment via the Maulden Village website (http://www.mauldenvillage.org.uk/) . This has been updated, with further SG minutes now added. A ‘flyer’ was produced for use at the various Village events and meetings we have attended.
  2. Feedback – We have also received lots of comments already from villagers with regard to future development. We’ve also had advice from CBC and BRCC as well as others who have been involved in producing NHP’s. We now have more regular members and observers attending Steering Group and Working Group meetings and introduced a series of ‘Ideas Sheets’ for recording any comments at this meeting. These covered:
    • ‘What is Maulden?’
    • Vision for Maulden
    • Security, Police, etc
    • Environment – Woods, parks, SSSI, Greensand Ridge path, etc
    • Infrastructure – Roads, paths, power, water, etc
    • Housing – Enough sustainable, appropriate. For whom? Where?
    • Local Economy – Jobs, business, shops, pubs, etc.
    • Social – young, old, schools, clubs, sports, churches.
  1. Next steps – We will be stepping up publicity in the New Year to get more involvement and ideas from the community. To this end, we have designed a publicity leaflet and will shortly go through the process to get the grant so we can then print and issue this, door to door. The group will now move to direct consultation on specific areas of the NHP, starting with a ‘What is Maulden today’ project and moving by mid Spring into looking at future requirements and desires. One ‘task’ group has already started preparing information for the first public ‘get together’ (date and time to be confirmed) to get ideas, information, etc, from the community.

ACTIONS:

  1. Articles: DB/SB to finalise and submit the article for the ‘Oracle’ magazine.  Article for ‘Beds on Sunday’ also suggested – when we receive funding and develop a recognisable ‘brand’, (as recommended by other CP’s). [AM]
  2. Posters and leaflets: Liquid Designs and All Fidelity Print still to be contacted. [DB]
  3. ‘Themed’ village meetings could be held by each WG, eg Social and Community, Local Economy, etc to engage with the community and get a wider input – and hopefully more volunteers and ideas.  Information being prepared for initial open meeting. [JS]
  4. Overall Theme: “Your Voice is Important” was suggested at the last meeting and will be discussed with CBC’s Advisor at our training day.
  5. Film – The suggested You Tube video to describe the NHP could be proposed as a project in the longer term, eg for a Business and Media Studies student at Redborne – when we have the money! [DB/JS]
  6. Social Media and Website – [ACTION: SR’s offer of help to develop the website content, surveys and marketing to be followed up.  [DB/AP/SR]
  1. AOB
  1. Outstanding actions: to be carried over to next meeting:
  1. MNHP funding – A separate bank account will be set up for the NHP when funding is obtained. Reports will be presented to PC meetings. [DB/SB]
  2. Traffic Calming – MPC to be asked (again) for a report and open public meeting to review and discuss the options suggested at the meeting on 30 August between S Lakin (CBC), and representatives of MPC, NHP and other relevant local Groups (ie Safer Maulden and Speed Watch) [AP]
  3. Safer Maulden’s Survey – Timing to be considered and the draft Questionnaire amended to reflect recent and proposed discussions and explain realistic options. [AP] 
  4. Details of expenditure committed (on the assessment for traffic calming measures) to date by CBC to be passed on to Safer Maulden and MPC. [SB/RB]
  5. Safer Maulden’s funds could be transferred to MPC. [SB]
  1. DB thanked everyone, especially our guest speakers and ‘new faces’ for coming out to our meeting in the evening. Julian Smith was also thanked again for attending and hosting it in The George. The comments recorded on the ‘Ideas Sheets’ [specifically on ‘Housing’ will be retained and passed on to the WGp. [AP]
  1. Next meeting due on Wednesday 28 December will be deferred – 4 Jan was suggested, or an alternative ‘Xmas social gathering’ TBC. [DB/JS/AP]

Meeting ended at 21:30pm