At the last steering group on meeting on 25 September, the presentation by Feria Urbanism consultants concluded with “Next steps: Continue to revise the plan, based on consultation comments, and continue to listen to ideas and suggestions from all interested parties.” This implied that there would be further revisions in response to the consultation feedback before the plan went on the to the next stage.
The main agenda item for the next meeting on 7 October, however, is “Consideration of the refined draft Neighbourhood Plan for recommendation to Faversham Town Council.” This implies that there is no intention to make further significant revisions.
If this is the case, then, apart from an improved presentation and the introduction of some new design concepts, the plan that goes forward to the next consultation – and in particular the land use classes – will be to all intents and purposes the same as the one that was rejected by 70% of respondents to the last consultation. It is also barely distinguishable from the proposals that failed to win support at the 2013 consultation, and contains many of the features that were criticised in responses to the 2012 consultation. One cannot help wondering how it will fare at the next consultation.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein.