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Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.
In the absence of the Chairman of the Committee (Councillor Stock), the Chair was occupied by the Vice-Chairman (Councillor Turner).
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Broderick (who was substituted by Councillor Winfield), Chapman, Platt (who was substituted by Councillor V E Guglielmi), Stephenson (who was substituted by Councillor Everett), M J D Skeels and Stock (who was substituted by Councillor M Brown).
To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee, held on 3 November 2016.
It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on 3 November 2016, 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 Scott declared a non-pecuniary interest in all agenda items insofar as he was the Ward Member for Alresford and insofar as he personally knew Sir Bob Russell who was a former employer.
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.3 – Methodology for the Five Year Housing Supply and Prediction for 31 March 2017 Housing Land Supply
Mr Peter Harry (resident of Great Bentley) asked the following question:
“As a Great Bentley resident I have followed the development of the Local Plan and the numerous Planning applications as they affect our village. Great Bentley currently stands to gain some 300 dwellings since 2013/14 either completed, under construction or with outline planning permission. This represents a 44% increase in housing stock and 90% of the proposed housing allocation for the 6 Key Rural Service Centres.
Following the consultation period on TDC’s Preferred Options Document, amongst the many representations submitted, eight offered land that will affect the Parish of Great Bentley. Of these 8 representations two have already been re-submitted as Planning Applications without waiting for a TDC response. If accepted and approved this would mean - a further 150 dwellings.
In response to a local magazine article re developments, Stephen Williams of Hills Building Group, stated on a public website that “Great Bentley is only being targeted by developers because TDC see it as an appropriate location for further development.” And: “There is a shortfall of housing and it is TDC’s duty to fill the gap where they see it is appropriate”.
Having recently perused the papers for the forthcoming Local Plan Committee meeting on 19th Jan I note that TDC is predicting a ‘shortfall’ at the end of March 2017 of some 569 dwellings for the 5 year housing plan.
My question therefore “Is it the intention of the Local Plan Committee to adopt any of the 8 representations of land and in particular, the two recently submitted Planning Applications, to make up the shortfall. I would suggest that 450 dwellings is not sustainable in any sense of the word.”
The Chairman of the Committee replied along the following lines:
“Thank you for your question Mr Harry.
At its meeting held on 3 November 2016, this committee agreed housing allocations for the Local Plan that were known as ‘Option T’. This option did not include the allocation of any sites in Great Bentley. I can therefore confirm that the Council does not have any plans to make up any shortfall in housing land supply by allocating sites in Great Bentley.
However, as you point out, there are currently applications before the Council that propose residential development in Great Bentley. I also note your view that 450 homes is not sustainable. The Council is required to determine applications submitted to it taking into account national and local policy and other material considerations, including its current housing land supply position. I cannot comment on the merits of the applications but, if approved, these permissions would contribute to the supply of housing land.”
Item A.1 – Local Development Scheme 2016 - 2019
Parish Councillor Kevin Plummer (Great Bentley Parish Council), made a statement in which he expressed the Parish Council’s concerns ... view the full minutes text for item 23.
To seek the Local Plan Committee’s agreement to publish a new Local Development Scheme; to update the proposed timetable for preparing the new Tendring District Local Plan and other planning documents.
The Committee had before it a report of the Head of Planning Services (A.1), which sought its agreement to publish a new Local Development Scheme (LDS) in order to update the proposed timetable for preparing the new Tendring District Local Plan and other planning documents.
Members were aware that the LDS was designed to set out the process for producing the Local Plan, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and other planning documents. It included the anticipated timetable of consultation periods, examinations and expected dates of adoption. Publishing the LDS also ensured that stakeholders, including members of the public, Town and Parish Councils, landowners and developers, partner organisations and the Planning Inspectorate were kept aware of the timetable the Council was working to and help them organise their time and resources accordingly.
It was reported that the updated LDS proposed a revised timetable for the Local Plan in order to ensure that critical evidence documents were completed to inform policy and to ensure that there was sufficient time for the Sustainability Appraisal to appraise a fully completed Local Plan.
The Committee was made aware that, whilst this LDS requested that that the public consultation on the Local Plan moved from February to June 2017, the date of Adoption agreed at the September 2016 meeting of the Committee, remained unchanged. Consequential alterations were also to be made to the timetables of the Area Action Plan and the CIL.
Members were informed that Braintree and Colchester Councils were also seeking to revise their timetables for the same reasons as this Council. The proposed timetable set out in the revised LDS aligned the preparation of all three Councils’ Local Plans.
Having considered all of the information provided, it was moved by Councillor G V Guglielmi and seconded by Councillor Amos and unanimously:
RESOLVED that the Committee approves the Local Development Scheme 2016 -2019, as attached as Appendix 1 to item A.1 of the Report of the Head of Planning Services, and agrees to its publication on the Council’s website.
To provide an update to the Local Plan Committee on the progress of the evidence that is necessary to underpin the content of the new Local Plan.
The Committee had before it a detailed report of the Head of Planning Services (A.2) which provided an update on the progress of the evidence that was necessary to underpin the content of the new Local Plan.
The report provided an update on:
(1) The Objectively Assessed Needs Housing Target – November 2016 Update; and
(2) Ongoing Evidence Requirements
(i) Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and flood risk sequential tests;
(ii) Holiday Park Review;
(iii) Transport Modelling – Phase 3;
(iv) Employment and Demography for the garden communities including non ‘B’ class uses;
(v) Infrastructure Delivery Plan;
(vi) Habitats Regulation Assessment and appropriate screening;
(vii) Local Plan Viability;
(viii) Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Submission Local Plan; and
(ix) Concept Frameworks for the Garden Communities.
Having discussed the information provided, it was moved by Councillor G V Guglielmi and seconded by Councillor Bray and unanimously:
RESOLVED that the Local Plan Committee:
(a) notes the latest progress on the evidence base to justify the content of the Local Plan;
(b) approves the Objectively Assessed Needs housing target for Tendring District Council as 550 homes each year, in the light of the November 2016 PBA report; recognising that further updates may be required when new guidance and data is published by Government; and
(c) authorises the Head of Planning to continue commissioning and finalising the outstanding studies as set out in Table 1 of the report and any other evidence studies required, providing updates to this Committee on an ongoing basis.
To seek the Local Plan Committee’s agreement to the methodology of calculating the five-year housing land supply; which is in compliance with the methodology recommended by the Planning Practice Guidance and in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework. Also, to note the progress towards achieving a five-year housing land supply illustrated with a predicted supply for the close of the 2016/17 financial year (ending 31 March 2017).
The Committee had before it a detailed report of the Head of Planning Services (A.3) which sought its agreement to the methodology of calculating the five-year housing land supply; which was in compliance with the methodology recommended by the Planning Practice Guidance and in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework. Also, the Committee was requested to note the progress towards achieving a five-year housing land supply illustrated with a predicted supply for the close of the 2016/17 financial year (ending 31 March 2017).
Section A – Methodology
The Committee was informed that Section A of the report explored the approach the Government required in order to produce a five-year Housing Land Supply (HLS). The report methodically ran through the relevant parts of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). Also, where relevant, the report provided information on how this Council had implemented the NPPF and PPG for the calculation of the five-year HLS. The methodology described had been used for Section B of the report which was a predication of housing land supply at 31 March 2017 and also for Agenda Item A.4 The Authorities Monitoring Report (2015/2016).
Section B – Prediction of 31 March 2017 housing land supply position
Members were made aware that, whilst the financial year 2016 / 2017 did not finish until the end of March 2017, Section B of the report appraised the Committee of the current status of the five-year HLS.
It was reported that the calculations predicted that the housing land supply position in Tendring at 31 March 2017 would be around 3,866 homes or 4.4 years of supply. It was emphasised that this was a predication based on assumptions that were spelt out in the report and did not represent the official five-year HLS position of the Council. This was because an HLS could only be produced once housing completions, housing losses, new planning permissions, and lapsed planning permission had been monitored and a judgement was made on what to include within the new five-year HLS.
In the opinion of the Officers the housing land supply position for the Tendring District was improving quickly and was potentially nearing a five-year housing supply. A formal housing land supply statement would be reported to the Committee to replace this prediction for 2016/2017 as soon as possible after the end of March 2017.
It was reported that in respect of pages 51 and 80 of the Officers’ report the following text should be disregarded as it was not part of the calculation:
“A predicted housing land supply for January to March 2017 has been established based on the Development Management Work Programme and it is estimated that 300 homes can be added to the supply.”
Having discussed the information provided, it was moved by Councillor G V Guglielmi and seconded by Councillor V E Guglielmi that the Local Plan Committee:
(a) agrees that the methodology set out in Section A and Appendix 1 of the report is used by ... view the full minutes text for item 26.
To note Tendring District Council’s Authorities Monitoring Report and the five-year housing land supply position.
The Committee had before it a report of the Head of Planning Services (A.4) which submitted the Council’s Authorities Monitoring Report and the five year housing land supply position.
The Committee was informed that the Authorities Monitoring Report had been produced as a means of monitoring the progress of the preparation of the District’s replacement Local Plan and related documents. The report covered the period April 2015 to March 2016 and contained a summary of the preparation of Local Plan, housing completions data and the five year housing land supply position.
Having discussed the information provided, it was moved by Councillor G V Guglielmi, seconded by Councillor V E Guglielmi and:-
RESOLVED that the Local Plan Committee:
(a) notes the Authorities Monitoring Report 2015-2016 (as attached as Appendix 1 to item A.4 of the Report of the Head of Planning) and agrees to its publication on the Council’s website; and
(b) notes the five year housing land supply position.