On this note, the facilitators be sending round a questionnaire, trying to establish what it is about the masterplan that people do and don't like (I suspect housing will top the list...). I'd be interested to know what the Friends membership makes of the plan. The strawpoll in the meeting suggested that other than the housing issue, most people seemed happy with the scale of the plan.
We've already posted a short piece on the farm (see here), including likely opening times and dates. Much of the debate at the meeting focused on the number of students on site. One important clarification from the Capel team was that when they talk about student accommodation, they mean classrooms. They're not planning any long-term residential accommodation (although it seems likely that they will have a flat in the new Ledrington Road Lodge replacement building for over-night stays, e.g. for the person on call for the farm).
Again, we've covered the planning application previously, but there was some useful advice about which documents to focus on. Suggestions were:
- Planning statement section 4 - describes the proposals
- Planning statement section 6 - justification for the scheme
- Design and Access statement Section 4 volume 1 gives the key diagrams and drawings of potential buildings etc (they stressed these were only illustrative though)
The remainder of the meeting largely focused on potential governance options for the park. There are a number of options on the table, all with various pros and cons:
- Single borough
- Multiple boroughs
- A regional body
- A regional Parks authority
- Royal Parks
- A Partnership (e.g. public, private, local bodies)
- A charitable trust
If anyone is interested, the more detailed paper setting out the pros and cons of the various governance options is downloadable here. (word file, 172kb)