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Solent Times Exclusive Fareham planners secret meeting

Fareham planners attend dinner under Chatham House Rule

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As Fareham Borough Council put out their Local plan for consultation questions have been raised:

Who is paying for this event and why the event is being called under Chatham House Rules? 

Chatham House Rule

The Chatham House Rule reads as follows:

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

At the recent scrutiny meeting, the board emphasised the open and democratic nature of the process. 

Secret meeting:

A Solent Times source has received this invite.Which is NOT for an open public meeting. Invited guests only.

Subject: Invitation to dinner with the Leader of Fareham Borough Council [on 1 November]

Dear

We would be delighted if you could join us for a dinner we are hosting with the Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sean Woodward, [on Wednesday 1 November]

Cllr Woodward will be joined by Cllr Trevor Cartwright, Deputy Leader; Cllr Keith Evans, Portfolio Holder for Planning & Development; and Mr Andrew Wannell, Director of Finance and Resources.

Sitting between the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, Fareham has an important role in providing housing and employment land for economic growth in south Hampshire. The Council is in the process of updating its Local Plan (adopted in 2011), with the emerging Local Plan reflecting housing and employment needs until 2036. The Council aim to submit their new Plan to the Secretary of State in Winter 2017/2018.

Fareham is one of 12 local authorities that make up the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH). An independent review carried out by PUSH of housing land for south Hampshire over the next 20 years has concluded that Fareham now needs to find land for around 2000 additional homes by 2036.

 Photo ‘Recent scrutiny meeting’

A key part of the Council’s strategy is the proposed 6,000-home community of Welborne. Planned to be built on a 1,000-acre site to the north of Fareham, Welborne will feature 97,250m2 of new employment floorspace and be constructed between 2016-2036. Exciting developments are also taking place at Daedalus airfield. The site is around 200 hectares, of which the Solent Enterprise Zone area covers 82 hectares. The remainder is an operational airport that is being commissioned for wider business use via the development of two new business parks – Faraday to the east of the site and Swordfish to the west.

To find out more about these exciting developments, please join us at this unique and exclusive opportunity to dine with the Council Leadership and discuss their vision for the area. This should be a relaxed and convivial evening where the Leader can share the Council’s ambitions.

In turn you will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss how best to align your corporate priorities with the Council and share your experiences of working with local government.

The evening will be chaired by our Chairman, Sir Merrick Cockell who is the former Chairman of the Local Government Association and it will be held under Chatham House rules. The details are as follows: Date: [Wednesday 1 November 2017]

Time: [7pm] for drinks and canapés on arrival Venue: The Solent Hotel & Spa, Rookery Avenue, Fareham, Whiteley, Hampshire, PO15 7AJ

Dress code: Business smart The event is free of charge.

An information sheet with menu options is attached. Please could you RSVP to this email at your earliest convenience as we only have a limited number of places still available.

We very much hope you will be able to join us.

The details then go on to list the menu for the event.