Minutes of a meeting of the POS Cabinet held on Tuesday 11 January 2011 at 41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL
Present: Stephen Tapper (ST) - President; Mike Holmes (MH) - Senior Vice President; John Silvester (JS) - Publicity Officer & Spokesperson; Graham Jones (GJ) - Vice President Emeritus; Geoff Cross (GC) - Vice President Emeritus; Dave Simpson (DS) - Chair, Spatial Planning & Policy Committee; Catriona Riddell (CR) - Convenor, Strategic Planning Topic Forum; Nicky Linihan (NL) - Convenor, Housing, Regeneration & Economic Development Topic Forum; Richard Read (RR) - Convenor, Minerals & Waste Topic Forum; Stuart Hylton (SH) - Convenor, South East Region; Mike Kiely (MK) - Convenor, London Region; Roger Hargreaves (RH) - Director, POSe; Andrew Wright (AW) - General Manager, POSe; Linda Durtnal (LD) - POS Secretariat
Apologies: David Hackforth, Malcolm Sharp, Jeff Stack, Phil Kirby, Paul Watson, Don Gobbett, Vincent Haines, Sule Nisancioglu, David Evans, Andrew Meddle, Karl Roberts
The Localism Bill
ST thanked Cabinet members for taking time to attend this additional meeting to specifically discuss the drafting of the Society's formal response to the Bill.
Cabinet agreed it was important that the Society's views were published as soon as possible and that these views should be separated into two sections:
ST reported that he had now contacted the Law Society with a view to obtaining legal assistance if required and had received a favourable response.
It was agreed that there were no major discrepancies between the views of the Society and those of the LGA and the strong lobbying potential of the LGA was also noted.
ST had already prepared an initial paper "Keylines of Enquiry" which had been handed to the Minister at their meeting last week. It was agreed that this document should be reviewed by the meeting and that individual members of Cabinet should then be tasked with expanding the individual sections and outlining potential regulation changes. The revised document could then be provided to all those attending the POS Conference on "Planning and the Localism Bill" on 24 January.
Each section of the document was then discussed and the task of updating individual sections was agreed as follows:
Cabinet agreed that responses should be co-ordinated via LD because JS was unavailable and the following timetable was agreed to ensure that the document would be available for 24 January:
a)ST,b) CR, c) AW with NL/DS/ST,
d) MS, e) MK
f) GJ, g) GC
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