Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 24/05/2005
Minutes of the Meeting held on 24th May 2005
MINUTES of the MEETING of
the ENVIRONMENT AND
LEISURE OVERVIEW AND
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE held
24th May 2005
(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)
Mr J R Sandy (Chairman)
Mrs L S R Hodgson
Mrs M V M Hunt (Vice Chairman)
Mrs S R Jacobs
Mr M H W Band
Dr P M Marriott
Dr J F A Blowers
Mrs P N Mitchell
Mr M W Byham
Mr J M Savage
Mr R D Frost
Mrs J A Slyfield
Mr P D Harmer
Ms M Taylor
Mrs P Hibbert
Mr A E B Taylor-Smith
Mr A Rayner, Mr R C Terry and Mr P B Isherwood attended as substitutes.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 14th March 2005 were confirmed and signed.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Mr J R Sandy, Mr R D Frost, Mrs L S R Hodgson, Mr J M Savage, Mrs J A Slyfield, Ms M Taylor and Mr A E B Taylor-Smith. Mr A Rayner, Mr R C Terry and Mr P B Isherwood attended as substitutes.
DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS
No personal interests were declared at the meeting in relation to any items on the agenda.
EXECUTIVE FOUR-MONTH ROLLING PROGRAMME (Agenda Item 7, Appendix A)
The Committee noted the Executive’s four-month rolling work programme, and received an update on Environment and Leisure issues.
A separate report on High Hedges, describing proposed implementation of Part 8 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003, including provisions for the control of high (nuisance) hedges, was circulated for information. Local authorities have been given responsibility to determine complaints about high hedges, with legislation coming into effect on 1st June 2005. Waverley’s proposed approach was described and members discussed various issues including the potential impact on the mediation service and fee payment. The report would be discussed by the Executive in July.
RESOLVED that the Executive Four-Month Rolling Programme be received and noted.
COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME; IN DEPTH REVIEWS (Agenda Item 8.1)
Members were reminded of the three items which were to be the subject of in-depth review in 2005/06:-
i. Exploring current issues regarding mobile phone technology;
ii. Surrey County Council Highways Department input into development control decisions; and
iii. Haslemere Museum.
The Committee noted that the first two items were currently active and a report on the third item would follow at a later meeting.
WORK PROGRAMME ITEMS:
EXPLORING CURRENT ISSUES REGARDING MOBILE PHONE TECHNOLOGY
(Agenda Item 8.2, Appendix B)
The Committee considered a report outlining the potential scope of a review to explore current issues regarding new mobile phone technology. The review objectives would be to explore the changes in mobile telephone technology looking specifically at the positioning, power and safety of mobile telephone masts with a view to informing the Council both as landowner and planning authority.
After a full discussion, members welcomed the review with the hope it would provide the Council with improved information on which to base planning applications. It was also agreed that the review should include a reference to future technological developments.
1. the Committee agree to undertake an in-depth review exploring current issues regarding mobile telephone technology with a view to informing the Council as landowner and planning authority; and
2. the review be conducted in accordance with the process and timetable set out in the report.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK – CORE STRATEGY
(Agenda Item 9)
The Committee received the ‘Local Development Framework Core Strategy: Issues and Options’ (amended) document which had been presented to members in January and since then had been through the committee process and out to public consultation. Members discussed the consultation responses on the Core Strategy, the Statement of Community Involvement and the Initial Report for the Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal. Members also noted the Planning Policy SIG’s comments on the amended Core Strategy document (the Preferred Options).
A public consultation on the Core Strategy document had taken place during February - April 2005 and had identified four spatial options to guide any future development in the borough. Each option had advantages and disadvantages, and there was a clear preference in the public consultation for Option 1 with a second preference for Option 2. The SIG’s preferred option was a hybrid of Option 1 (maintain current approach, focusing new development on previously developed land) and Option 2 (more focus to development in main settlements).
After a full discussion, the Committee noted the importance of addressing infrastructure capacity before allowing new developments, and of encouraging a consistent approach. Members also agreed that consideration should be given to infrastructure implications of all types of development, not just housing development.
The Director of Planning and Development reported some detailed drafting changes to the meeting. The following changes/observations to the Core Strategy document were proposed:
i. On Pg. 337, Policy CP 5, first paragraph, to read ‘Developers will be required to make adequate arrangements for the improvement or provision of infrastructure and services before a development is occupied’;
ii. On Pg. 320, to note that Option 1 and the introduction of windfall housing development, would be implicit in any decision made, whichever option was chosen;
iii. To make various drafting changes, including the addition of a glossary for the next consultation document; and
iv. To investigate further a recent Ministerial announcement on infrastructure/development issues relating to Milton Keynes and circulate any response to the Committee.
1. the above observations on the Statement of Community Involvement and the Initial Report for the Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal be passed on to the Executive;
2. the new document ‘The Core Strategy; the Preferred Options’ be supported and the above observations be passed to the Executive; and
3. the Committee supports the proposal that the chosen Option be included in the ‘Core Strategy Preferred Options’ report.
PROPOSED EXTENSION TO THE HASLEMERE CONSERVATION AREA
(Agenda Item 10, Appendix D)
The Committee received a report setting out proposals to extend the Haslemere conservation area in the area of Courts Mount Road, on the south side of the town.
RESOLVED that the Committee advise the Executive that it endorses the proposal to go out to public consultation.
The meeting concluded at 8.38 pm