The Neighbourhood Plan exhibition for public consultation will be on 8 June.
According to the minutes of the steering group meeting on 14 March, this will “probably be the last time for options to be presented to the public for their comments”.
An artist has been commissioned to produce a set of master plan perspectives: a view of the inner basin from the bridge; a view of the creek from Crab Island back to the bridge; a view from Waterside looking up the creek, taking in Standard Quay, the oil depot and the former coach depot.
In addition there will be thumbnail sketches of Standard House, Swan Quay from across the creek, and the bridge. At least one of the master plans will include a sketch of an open bridge.
For Ordnance Wharf there will be four sketches showing different structural designs (two different heights and two different sets of materials).
The steering group says the drawings will not define usage but provide an understanding and overall impression of development on the creek.
This is a bit confusing.
It was noted at a meeting of the Faversham Creek Consortium on 15 November 2012 (in relation to earlier sketches for flats on Ordnance Wharf) that “It would be important to remember that the Plan would not specify design … the issues would revolve mainly around the use or uses of the site” – and thus, in terms of the Neighbourhood Plan, it was irrelevant whether people liked or disliked the appearance of development proposals.
If this is correct, and the Plan is about usage and not appearance – why is this consultation to be based on appearance and not usage?
Please, could someone from the steering group clarify?