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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 Platt (who was substituted by Councillor M Brown) and Newton.
To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee, held on 27 September 2016.
It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on 27 September 2016, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to on Page 5 of the Minutes and in relation to the paragraph on Horsley Cross the sentence “Questions were raised as to why it had now been taken out;” being amended to read: Questions were raised as to when and why it had now been taken out;”.
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 Scott declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.2 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was the Ward Member for Alresford and also a Parish Councillor for Alresford Parish Council. He also declared that he was a member of the same political party as Sir Bob Russell who was listed to speak at the meeting under the public speaking scheme.
Councillor I J Henderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was a Town Councillor for Harwich and also the County Councillor for the Harwich Division.
Councillor Howard declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was currently an employee of Essex University and that he was also the Chairman of Little Oakley Parish Council.
Councillor Turner declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was a Town Councillor for Frinton and Walton Town Council and also an author of that Council’s representations on the 2016 Local Plan Preferred Options.
Councillor M Brown declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was the Ward Member for Little Clacton and Weeley and also a Parish Councillor for Weeley Parish Council.
Councillor M J D Skeels Snr. declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was the Ward Member for the St Johns Ward.
Councillor G V Guglielmi declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was a Parish Councillor for Lawford Parish Council and also the County Councillor for the Tendring Rural West Division.
Councillor Land declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was a Parish Councillor for Thorpe-le-Soken Parish Council.
Councillor Stock declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was the Chairman of Little Bromley Parish Council.
Councillor Bucke, present in the public gallery, declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services insofar as he was a Town Councillor for Frinton and Walton Town Council.
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.
The Chairman invited the following persons to address the Committee:
Item A.1 – 2016 Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation Response Summary
Councillor Richard Everett asked the following question:
“In the consultation exercise much concern has been shown by Councillors and members of the public over the details of Tendring District Council’s housing supply.
Section 47 of the NPPF requires, among other things, an annual report to be produced on the Council’s position regarding a 5 year housing supply.
The Council has not yet published a 5 year housing supply report. Will the Local Plan Committee please instruct Officers to publish the report and further require that this is updated annually as required by the NPPF.”
The Chairman of the Committee replied along the following lines:
“Thank you for your question Councillor Everett. I agree, the lack of housing supply has long dogged Tendring District Council, not only having an out of date plan, but also the recent recession limiting land coming forward for development. In 2014 we set up this Committee to ensure that we could get a Local Plan in place which delivers certainty for investors and homes that are much needed. As you can see from the agenda today we have made great strides in delivering the Local Plan and have consulted on our preferred options, with the land supply we agreed back in April 2016. I am also glad to inform you that Tendring District Council does provide an annual report on housing – and has done so long before the NPPF. The report is called the Authorities Monitoring Report and is on our website. Our Local Development Scheme – approved at the last meeting of this Committee requires the report to be published in December/January each year - so you can expect an update very soon.”
Councillor Bray suggested that there be a standard agenda item in future whereby the Officers gave an update on the five year housing land supply. The Chairman undertook to discuss this suggestion further with the Head of Planning Services.
Mr William Shunnucks asked the following question:
“Why does the Plan make so little mention of the employment growth opportunities offered by the University of Essex? Also whether the opportunity for transport orientated development along the Sunshine Coast Line is being considered?”
The Chairman of the Committee replied along the following lines:
“Thank you Mr Sunnucks, I recognise you as member of the Campaign Against Urban Sprawl in Essex – or CAUSE in short.
We welcome CAUSE’s, representation to the Tendring Local Plan; which provides endorsement of the east Colchester / west Tendring garden community. I agree that both the university and the sunshine coast prove a sound basis for employment generation and travel sustainability in plan making. Part 1 of the draft Local Plan, fully recognises the opportunities presented by the University of Essex expansion. Tendring District Council is actively working with the University in regards to new employment, academic and student space. In addition a study is underway ... view the full minutes text for item 17.
To provide the Local Plan Committee with a summary of the consultation responses received by Tendring District Council and update on the position in regards to the Objectively Assessed Needs.
As detailed in full under Minute 16 above, Councillors I J Henderson, Howard, Turner, M Brown, M J D Skeels Snr., G V Guglielmi, Land, Stock and Bucke had all declared non-pecuniary interests in this item.
The Committee had before it a detailed report of the Head of Planning Services which provided it with a summary of the consultation responses received by the Council and which also gave an update on the position with regard to the Objectively Assessed Needs.
Members were reminded that the Tendring District Council, Preferred Options Local Plan consultation had taken place from 14 July 2016 to 8 September 2016 so that technical stakeholders, businesses, developers and landowners, community representatives and members of the public could comment on the draft policies and the policies maps. The draft Local Plan was supported with Sustainability Appraisals and those had also been out to public consultation, Part 1: 8 August to 19 September 2016 and Part 2: 28 August to 10 October 2016.
It was reported that the representations received varied from suggested amendments to wording, through to full support of policies or full objections to policies. Representations also included proposals for additional sites for housing and/or employment growth or updates to sites already part of Tendring District Council’s Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment document. The representations received could be viewed on the Council’s website.
The Committee was made aware that any proposed changes to the Preferred Options Local Plan to create the Submission version of the Local Plan would be presented to a future meeting of the Committee.
In respect of the Objective Assessed Needs, Members recalled that on 21 January 2016 the Committee had approved the following resolution:
“That the Local Plan Committee:
(b) approves that the range of Objectively Assessed Needs for Tendring District Council is 500-600 dwellings per annum; that the mid-point of 550 dwellings per annum is used as the Council’s provisional housing target for the Local Plan and that officers consider options up to 600 dwellings per annum as the Local Plan refines through its next consultation stage and new data is assessed;”
On 9 June 2016, the Committee had approved the locations for the supply of the Objectively Assessed Needs (OAN) of 550 homes each and the location for the supply of the additional potential needs of up to 600 homes each year for public consultation.
On 27 September 2016, the Committee had been informed that the Office for National Statistics had published new population projections and that the Government had used those to create new household projections. The Committee had been informed that the Council’s evidence needed to be updated to reflect the data and that Peter Brett Associates had been appointed to advise the Council on any changes to Tendring’s housing requirements and that, if available, this would be presented to this meeting of the Committee in November 2016.
It was reported that, whilst the OAN report update had not been finalised at the time of writing ... view the full minutes text for item 18.
To seek the Local Plan Committee’s agreement to designate the Alresford Neighbourhood Plan Area.
Councillor Scott had earlier declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of this item insofar as he was the Ward Member for Alresford and also a Parish Councillor for Alresford Parish Council.
The Committee had before it a report of the Head of Planning Services which sought its agreement to designate the Alresford Neighbourhood Plan Area.
It was reported Alresford Parish Council had submitted an application to this Council to agree the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area (NPA). If so designated, the application would represent the initial stage in the preparation of the District’s first Neighbourhood Plan.
Members were informed that this Council had undertaken an eight-week public consultation exercise from July 14 until September 8 2016 and had invited residents and other interested parties to comment. Only two representations had been submitted to the Council.
Members were advised that the justification provided by the Parish Council, the scale and nature of comments received as well as the recent changes to Neighbourhood Plan legislation had all been evaluated and that Officers considered the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area to be acceptable. Therefore, if Members wished to designate the proposed Plan Area this would allow the Parish Council to proceed with the preparation of its Neighbourhood Plan.
The Committee having discussed the information provided, it was moved by Councillor Scott and seconded by Councillor Turner and:-
RESOLVED that the Local Plan Committee agrees to designate the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area, as attached at Appendix A to item A.2 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services.