Meeting report, August 4

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We had a good OPC meeting on Friday. Three sets of people came who have land and are in the process of setting up a planning application, in Ammanford, Pencader and Hebron.

Also attending:
– Chris Colley from woodlands.co.uk – actively supports OPD, and is offering 11 acres near Builth Wells ONLY for OPD! THIS IS NOT ON THEWOODLANDS.CO.UK WEBSITE. Enquiries to: email <chris@woodlands.co.uk> (he’s on holiday for a week).

– Dave Palmer from Wales Co-op Centre – said if an OPD has multiple dwellings he feels it should be managed by a trust or co-op. Additional businesses might have their own legal structure. E.g. Temple Druid are a community investment co ltd by guarantee. He offers a free advisory service on setting up co-ops or community land trusts. He lives on a smallholding near Abergavenny. I will put a link and a form to download on the OPC website under resources.

– Nina is to check with James Shorten on possibly running another training course for planners.

– James and Sara from Red Pig Farm want to highlight their upcoming courses. See agroecology.co.uk

We discussed the future of the OPC. We wondered whether Jacqui Banks had been successful with applying for funding? The OPC needs to be more self-organised and distributed. We wondered about holding meetings 4 times a year (instead of monthly and failing) in different corners of Wales – perhaps at OPDs. If anyone is interested in hosting or calling a meeting in their neck of the woods, just do it and post it here. Dave also offered the Welsh Co-op Centre offices in Caerphilly and Bangor as venues for meetings.