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Meeting of the Executive held on 09/01/2007
INTERIM MINIPLAN



Summary & Purpose
It referred the Interim Miniplan back to the Executive for consideration of the detailed matters yet to be resolved with Natural England. Those matters will be reported to the Executive, in full, on 6th February 2007. The purpose of this report is to seek confirmation that the Executive is satisfied with the proposed scope and content of the report to be considered.

APPENDIX F
Waverley Borough Council

Executive - 9TH JANUARY 2007

Title:
INTERIM MINIPLAN
[Wards Affected: All Farnham Wards]

Summary and purpose:

It referred the Interim Miniplan back to the Executive for consideration of the detailed matters yet to be resolved with Natural England. Those matters will be reported to the Executive, in full, on 6th February 2007. The purpose of this report is to seek confirmation that the Executive is satisfied with the proposed scope and content of the report to be considered.

Environmental implications:

The environmental implications of the Interim Miniplan are that the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area will be safeguarded from the effects of a growing population arising from new housing in the Farnham area.

Social / community implications:

The social implications of the Interim Miniplan are that it will enable new housing to be built in the Farnham Area, to the benefit of the community. Failure to secure an interim avoidance strategy through the Miniplan will displace that need for housing land supply to other parts of the Borough and mainly Haslemere, Cranleigh and Godalming. It may also lead to further pressures to release green field sites and employment sites elsewhere to meet land supply targets.

E-Government implications:

The Interim Miniplan has been placed on the Waverley website.

Resource and legal implications:

Section 106 Agreements will be required.

Scope of the Report

The report to the Executive on 6th February 2007 will deal with the following aspects:

1. clarification of the changes in circumstance between the former position when the Interim Miniplan related to both the Core Strategy and as a Development Control tool, and the present situation when it is purely a Development Control tool; 2. the relevance of the issues raised by the Inspector as part of the Core Strategy Examination hearings are not relevant to the consideration of the mini-mitigation plan as a Development Control tool;

3. an explanation of the Government Office for the South East position;

4. an explanation of the Interim Miniplan now being proposed, including:
a) that this is purely an interim solution for about three years to provide mitigation to ensure that the adverse effects of residential development in Farnham on the SPA can be mitigated; b) that 85 ha of the total 130ha of Farnham Park is semi-natural green space which is considered suitable in principle for use as mitigation land;

c) that only 7.5% (9.7 ha) of Farnham Park is being used for mitigation during this three year period;

d) that the approximate three year "window" will enable us to monitor how successful the mitigation land is in diverting recreational use from the SPA and test a number of Natural England's assumptions regarding mitigation land. It will also enable us to monitor the interim car parking and access arrangements that have been made and assess whether Natural England's perceived requirement for a car park and access into Farnham Park on the eastern side is needed in Waverley Borough Council’s judgment;

e) resolution of the detailed matters of interest to Natural England;

5. a review of the consultation process and comments received;

6. an explanation of the impact and objectives of the Interim Miniplan including:

a) the impact on small businesses/local economy; b) the impact of housing need;

Availability of Interim Miniplan Documents

Copies of the Interim Miniplan have been made available at the Farnham Library and the Farnham Locality Office, and it has been put on the Council’s website.

Conclusion

The issues regarding the Interim Miniplan will be thoroughly considered at the Executive meeting on 6th February 2007.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the scope of the report for 6th February 2007 be endorsed.

Background Papers (DPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296 Comms/exec/2006-07/261