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Paper 17 - 4 June 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

4 June 1999

SERPLAN CONFERENCE HELD ON 20 APRIL 1999

Report-back by Councillor Paula Baker, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

CHAIRMANSHIP

1. Lord Carnarvon was re-elected.

THE PUBLIC EXAMINATION

2. This will take place from 18 May-25 June. Concern was expressed by certain authorities not invited by the Panel to participate. Hertfordshire are seeking Counsel's view on their non- invitation. Hertfordshire County Council is concerned that matters relating to the future of Stansted Airport are likely to be discussed and this could affect future development in the County. Conference appointed an extended Members Briefing Group to be available at short notice as a sounding board for the SERPLAN public examination team. The group is a cross-section by both type of authority and geographical area. I am a member of it.

TRANSPORT - SERP 503

3. This additional submission to the Panel was approved with one amendment - to include CrossRail (a direct mainline east-west rail route across London) as a priority scheme for investment. It had been proposed to be deferred until the London Mayor was in place. Other amendments which were proposed and lost were to make the Southampton to Midlands rail study a multi-modal study for the transport corridor and to divert some traffic investment from the Priority Areas for Economic Regeneration into the Areas of Economic Pressure. There was general agreement on the importance of safety as well as mobility, concern that motorway and trunk road tolling could cause rat-running and there had to be flexibility to reflect local circumstances.

REGIONAL ECONOMY - SERP 499

4. SERPLAN commissioned a report from Cambridge Econometrics on forecasting labour supply and demand in the region. It concluded that past trends were volatile, it was difficult to see why forecasts varied, that it was impossible (with conventional modelling) to judge market response to constrained economic development space and that labour supply/demand projections were sensitive to the assumptions made. The findings support the appropriateness of "plan, monitor and manage" and the work supplies SERPLAN with useful spreadsheet tools for the future.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING - SERP 508

5. Conference agreed to set the figure of affordable housing at 40% of the total dwelling provision.

THE FUTURE OF SERPLAN

6. It was stressed that capacity had to be maintained in order to deliver the RPG. For the longer term it was agreed to seek to establish a Joint Committee of about 30 to provide co-ordination and advice on regional planning to the Mayor of London and the regional Chambers/ Assemblies of the south east and eastern regions. Membership could include non local authority appointees from the Chambers and London.

7. I plan to attend two sessions of the examination dealing with the core strategy, which will have taken place before the HIOW meeting and will give an oral report of them. I also hope to attend the session on spatial implications and that on implementation and monitoring later in June.

COUNCILLOR PAULA BAKER 
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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