Curious comment from Mr Barker on Muxton housing app. refusal plus resubmitted Lidl app.

T&W Plans Cttee. Muxton/Lilleshall Housing Refusal

The Minutes of the T&W Plans Cttee. of 17 December 2014, which refused to give outline planning approval for 110 dwellings to be built on greenfield land at the Lilleshall end of Muxton Lane have now been published.
The Minutes record a comment from the T&W Assistant Director for Planning (Mr Barker) as follows :-

‘ The Assistant Director …also commented on a statement in the applicant’s further submission that asserted ‘Council unable to demonstrate five year supply of housing land so housing supply policies out of date’. The Assistant Director reported that he had recently met with the Planning Minister, that the Core Strategy was still a valid document, and that the Minister had also recognised the difficulties local authorities were facing in terms of delivering the 5 year supply of housing land under the current rules.’

We have highlighted this statement as the relevance of the Core Strategy 2007, which runs until the end of 2016 or until a Local Plan is adopted by T&W (not likely to happen until some time in 2016) and the housing numbers for Newport and the rural areas referenced in the Core Strategy, is something SNC has raised repeatedly with both officers and members at T&W only to be told that the target total housing numbers cannot apply due to the changes brought in under the NPPF by the coalition government in 2012. Therefore,the Statement from the Assistant Director at a planning meeting at the end of 2014, does not sit easily with the previous position taken by T&W.We are seeking clarification of the statement in the Minutes.

Lidl re-application for a store on the Mere Park site

The local media have carried articles about the re-application by Lidl which is due to be considered by T&W Plans Cttee. at its meeting on 14 January 2015.
If anyone wants to see the officer report on the application and the reasons why they are suggesting the Plans Cttee. should again refuse the application, the report starts on page 60 of the agenda from the link below.
We are aware that some people had difficulty getting the link in a posting on the SNC Facebook site of 22 December 2014, to work. We understand that T&W were/are working on changes to the T&W website and that this was the reason for the difficulty:-

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