Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Executive held on 12/07/2004
AGENDA ITEM 32 - REFERENCE FROM CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
AGENDA ITEM 32
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
EXECUTIVE – 12TH JULY 2004
REFERENCE FROM CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
5TH JULY 2004
Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972
The annexe to this report contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the item to which the report relates, as specified in paragraph 9 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:-
Any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services.
ANY OTHER MATTERS REFERRED FROM OTHER COMMITTEES
1. At its meeting on 5th July 2004, the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee received an update report on the four main elements of the East Street, Farnham scheme which had been raised at an earlier meeting held on 26th January 2004 as issues which the Committee wished to be changed:-
i. An evaluation of the 30% affordable housing provision should be undertaken in accordance with the Borough Housing Strategy with a view to perhaps transferring some affordable housing to elsewhere in Farnham and the Borough, in exchange for some form of tariff.
This matter was investigated by officers, the Portfolio Holder and other Executive members. No suitable sites could be identified which would be readily available and complied with our current planning policies.
ii. That a reasonable reduction in the number of residential units, in the order of between 30 and 50, be sought, by the deletion of the residential block D5 identified on the ground floor plan, for example.
This matter was discussed with the developer who is unwilling to consider this unless the public say, in the current public consultation, that they want it.
iii. That there may be merit in discussing, with Crest Nicholson Sainsburys [CNS] the roofline, architectural appearance and height of buildings to give an indication of the potential impact on the area.
As this is a detailed architectural and planning matter, it is considered premature at this masterplanning stage. This notwithstanding, the Architect has produced such a plan and Members attending the recent presentation will have seen it.
iv. Greater consideration be given to access to and within the site for people not using cars, by way of improved transport infrastructure arrangements, possibly with the inclusion of a bus station.
Discussion has been held with the Architect and Transport Consultant. Although the site is too small, and the number of buses too few to warrant a bus station, provision has been made for adequate bus stops and a designated layby in South Street. It is understood that all the bus services pass along South Street and so this would be an effective location for a designated bus facility. A shopmobility provision has been incorporated at the optimum location by the car park exit and close to the Sainsbury's entrance. Within the site, the design allows for good pedestrian links between facilities and the existing town.
Observation of the Committee
2. The Committee wished to pass the following observation to the Executive:-
"That the Executive be asked to request the officers to return to the meeting of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26th July 2004 with a full and detailed risk appraisal, to include a number of 'what ifs', particularly with regard to the number of residential units, to ensure members are better informed for the meeting on 27th July 2004".
3. An exempt report was also included on the agenda for the meeting of the Committee on 5th July which set out the key financial aspects of the scheme as a reminder for members, a copy of which is attached herewith as
(Exempt) Annexe 1
The Executive is asked to note the contents of the report, giving consideration to the observation raised by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.