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Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors G V Guglielmi (with no substitute), I J Henderson (with no substitute), Platt (with Councillor Miles substituting), Yallop (with Councillor Talbot substituting) and Porter (with no substitute).
To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee, held on 2 November 2017.
It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on 2 November 2017, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.
Councillor Bush declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPI) in relation to agenda items 5, 6 and 7, by virtue of the fact that he owned a piece of land which had been granted outline planning permission in December 2016 (15/00987/OUT). Councillor Bush confirmed that he had spoken to the Council’s Monitoring Officer (Lisa Hastings) and that she had granted him a dispensation for this meeting.
The Council’s Monitoring Officer then confirmed that Councillor Bush had requested a dispensation from her and that it had been granted. The Monitoring Officer informed the Committee that it was reasonable to do so as his land ownership was the DPI. The land was referred to within the appendices to the reports as factual information in that it had been granted planning permission, but this actual fact was not the subject of any of the decisions that were before the Committee at the meeting.
The Council’s Public Speaking Scheme for the Local Plan Committee gives the opportunity for members of the public and other interested parties/stakeholders to speak to the Council’s elected members on the Local Plan Committee on any specific agenda item to be considered at that public meeting.
Councillor John Cutting, the Chairman of Little Clacton Parish Council, made a statement relating to item A.1 of the Report of the Corporate Director (Planning and Regeneration) in which he referred to Page 48 of the agenda, Appendix 1 (assessment of Little Clacton Local Plan housing allocations). Councillor Cutting requested that the Committee remove the draft proposal as the extended parcel of land had increased in size from an agreed boundary, spreading into the Green Gap which was against Policy EN2.
The Council’s Head of Planning (Cath Bicknell) responded to the statement made by Councillor Cutting, in which she confirmed that Appendix 1 was not a Policy Document and that it was in fact a record of all of the sites that had been flagged up as potential development sites by any land owners in the District and that an Officer’s assessment had been provided for each one. The Council’s Head of Planning also confirmed that the boundary Councillor Cutting had referred to had been agreed earlier on in the year by the Committee and then Council and that it had now been submitted to Government.
The Chairman of the Committee (Councillor Stock OBE) made a statement in relation to the Council’s recent High Court Legal Challenge against the decision of the Planning Inspector to grant planning permission for Centenary Way, Clacton-on-Sea, and explained the next steps that would be taken. Councillor Stock OBE thanked Officers for their diligence and hard work.
To report to the Local Plan Committee, the revised housing supply position (the ‘five-year’ supply) following recent planning permissions, appeal decisions and latest demographic data.
Further to Minute 13 (2.11.17) the Committee had before it a detailed report of the Corporate Director (Planning and Regeneration) (A.1), which laid out the revised housing supply position (the ‘five-year’ supply) following recent planning permissions, appeal decisions and latest demographic data.
The Committee also had before it an addendum report of the Corporate Director (Planning and Regeneration) (A.1), which was distributed to the Committee prior to the meeting and had provided further information, which had become available since the publication of the agenda.
Members were aware that the Government required Councils to maintain a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites otherwise its housing supply policies were considered to be out of date and planning applications for housing had then to be considered on their individual merits with a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
The Committee recalled that between the publication of the agenda for the Committee’s last meeting held on 2 November 2017 and the night of the actual meeting, new information had been forthcoming which Officers felt could have a material impact on the Council’s position.
· Officers had received fresh advice from Counsel;
· A number of sites had obtained planning permission; and
· New information had been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The resolution of the Committee had therefore been as follows:
“That the Committee
- Confirms that the Tendring District Council Methodology for calculating the Housing Land Supply as agreed by Members in January 2017 remains sound and should be relied upon and continue to be used by officers;
- Confirms its strong support for the Council’s challenge to the decision relating to Centenary Way;
- Notes that Counsel’s opinion is awaited regarding the decision relating to Sladbury’s Lane;
- Notes that there may be a significant change to the Council’s Housing Supply position arising from new statistical data and from advice received today from Counsel relating to other appeals, and therefore,
- Instructs officers to prepare a revised report, having regard to each of the above, to be considered at a further meeting of the Committee to be arranged as soon as practicable.
- That the Leader of the Council and Chairman of the Committee writes to the Secretary of State for Housing regarding the concerns of the Committee on this issue and that both local MPs are copied in to the letter.”
The Council’s Head of Planning (Cath Bicknell) went through the addendum report (A.1) with the Committee which had provided information on the following:
Evidence on Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN)
As indicated in the published report, the Council had appointed a demographics expert to help defend the Council’s position on OAN in a forthcoming appeal and for next year’s Local Plan examination. He had revisited the Council’s figures in light of the most recent 2016-based national population projections produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which had been released on 26 October 2017. Those revised projections had:
i reduced the estimate of medium/long net migration into England from ... view the full minutes text for item 23.
To provide an update to the Local Plan Committee on the progress of the technical evidence that has been gathered to underpin the content of the Local Plan and Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Development Plan Document.
The Committee had before it a detailed report of the Corporate Director (Planning and Regeneration) (A.2), which provided an update on the progress of the evidence that was necessary to underpin the content of the new Local Plan and Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Development Plan Document.
The report provided an update on ongoing evidence requirements including:
(i) Infrastructure Delivery Plan – Braintree, Colchester, Chelmsford and Tendring;
(ii) Tendring Water Cycle Study;
(iii) Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Concept Framework; and
(iv) Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.
Having discussed the information provided, it was moved by Councillor Stock OBE and seconded by Councillor Bray and:
Unanimously RESOLVED that the Local Plan Committee notes the latest progress on the evidence base to support the content of the Local Plan.
Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document Consultation Timescale
The Committee will receive a verbal update from Officers on the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document Consultation Timescale.
The Committee received a verbal update from the Council’s Head of Planning on the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Issues and Options Development Plan Document Consultation Timescale.
The Committee was reminded that at its last meeting, held on 2 November 2017, it was agreed that the Development Plan Document be published for Consultation for an eight week period.
Members were informed that when Colchester Borough Council had considered this matter they had decided to add on an additional two weeks and so the end date for consultation would now be 22 January 2018.
It was moved by Councillor Stock OBE, seconded by Councillor Ferguson and unanimously RESOLVED that the Local Plan Committee notes the consultation end date for the Development Plan Document.
Councillor Ferguson then proposed, and it was agreed by the Committee, that their thanks and appreciation to Officers involved in preparing the reports for this meeting be formally recorded in the minutes.
The Chairman thanked the members of the Committee for their efforts and commitment, and, in turn, the members of the Committee thanked the Chairman.