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Meeting of the Council held on 21/02/2006
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE JOINT PLANNING MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE - 15TH FEBRUARY 2006



Joint Planning Management Committee 3
15.2.06

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE JOINT PLANNING MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE - 15TH FEBRUARY 2006

SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL MEETING - 21ST FEBRUARY 2006

(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)

Mr A Rayner (Chairman)Mr P B Isherwood
Mrs P Hibbert (Vice-Chairman)Mrs S R Jacobs
*Mr M H W BandMrs J R Keen
*Mr P BetlemDr M-G Lane
*Mr M J Blower*Mr J C S Mackie
*Mr M W Byham*Mrs A E Mansell
Mrs E Cable*Mr C H Mansell
Mr M A ClarkDr P M Marriott
*Mrs C Cockburn*Mr W M Marshall
Mr S D EdgeMr P J Martin
Mr M A Edgington*Mrs P N Mitchell
*Mr B A Ellis*Mr P J Nicholson
*Mrs P EllisMr K T Reed
*Miss G B W FergusonMr P S Rivers
*Mrs M E ForyszewskiMr J E Robini
Mrs P M Frost*Mr J R Sandy
*Mr D R Gallacher*Mrs C E Savage
*Mr R J Gates*Mr J M Savage
*Mr B Grainger-Jones*Mr V K Scrivens
Mrs L S R HodgsonMr A E B Taylor-Smith
*Mrs M V M HuntMr R C Terry
*Mr D C Inman Vacancy

* present

1. APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN

Councillor B A Ellis was appointed Chairman for the meeting.

2. MINUTES (Agenda Item 1)

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th December 2005 were confirmed and signed.

3. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE (Agenda Item 2)

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Mrs E Cable, S D Edge, M A Edgington, Mrs P M Frost, Mrs P Hibbert, P B Isherwood, Mrs S Jacobs, Mrs J R Keen, Dr P M Marriott, P Martin, A Rayner, J E Robini, K T Reed and A E B Taylor-Smith.

4. DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS (Agenda Item 3)

There were no interests declared.


PART I - RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COUNCIL

There are no matters falling within this category.
MATTERS OF REPORT

Background Papers

The background papers relating to the following reports in Part II are as specified in the Agenda for the meeting of the Joint Planning Management Committee.

PART II - MATTERS REPORTED IN DETAIL FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE COUNCIL

5. CONSULTATION PAPER ON A NEW PLANNING POLICY STATEMENT (PPS3) (Appendix A)
[Wards Affected: All]

5.1 In part response to the Barker Review of housing supply, the Government has published a number of documents for consultation, one of which is a consultation on the draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 3. This document is intended to replace the current Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 3 - "Housing" and the related Circular 6/98, which related to affordable housing.

5.2 Your Committee noted the Government's response to the Barker Review produced jointly with the ODPM and the Treasury at Annexe 1 and agreed the various points set out in the officer report. Members agreed that the following additional comments should also be submitted:-

(a) the greatest need in areas like Waverley was for social rented housing;

(b) the PPS should clarify and address the distinctions between the need for social housing, the demands for affordable housing and the demands for market housing, all of which were distinct and different issues;

(c) the PPS displayed a naive understanding of the housing market which covered both a personal investment and a place to live in. These are not necessarily the same thing and are reflected differently in different parts of the country;

(d) the PPS fails to recognise that Government policies on personal borrowing and the relatively easy availability of mortgages at low rates of interest has been a major cause of house price inflation and demand for housing;

(e) the PPS should give greater emphasis to design quality and respect for the character of urban and rural residential areas rather than simply focus on density; and

(f) that the PPS should clarify that areas like Waverley, which rely on windfall sites as a major source of housing land supply, should be able to make an allowance for windfalls (for which clear criteria should be defined) and should be able to phase the release of sites if necessary.

5.3 It was therefore

RESOLVED that the formal response to the consultation on the draft PPS3 be raised in accordance with the comments and concerns set out in paragraphs 9-68 of the report together with the additional views stated above.

6. PLANNING-GAIN SUPPLEMENT - CONSULTATION (Appendix B)
[Wards Affected: All]

6.1 The Committee noted that the Planning-Gain Supplement (PGS) proposal was originally recommended by the Barker Review in response to the Review of the Housing Supply in 2004. As a result of the recommendations made in the Review, and building on the goals set out in the Sustainable Communities Plan, amendments have been made to the original PGS proposal resulting in this consultation.

6.2 Members were unanimously of the opinion that the proposed PGS was conceptually wrong, as it would increase costs and would be complicated and expensive to manage. It would result in confusion, delays and lack of credibility and would be likely to act more as an impediment to the effective delivery of new housing and infrastructure.

6.3 Your Committee therefore

RESOLVED that the Government be advised of the issues and concerns raised in the officer report and the Council's fundamental opposition to basic concept of the Planning-Gain Supplement proposal.

7. A CONSULTATION PAPER BY THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER (ODPM) : PROPOSALS FOR INTRODUCING A CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES (Appendix C)
[Wards Affected: All]

7.1 The ODPM published a Code for Sustainable Homes in December 2005, which would be voluntary and compliance would not be a condition of planning approval, nor would it replace current Building Regulations.

7.2 The Committee noted the Code would have six essential elements and six optional elements and there were to be five levels of scoring, including both the essential and optional elements which would determine the level by rating of a dwelling in terms of its sustainability.

7.4 Your Committee agreed the Officer comments and stressed that the Code should be mandatory and should apply to all dwellings and extensions. Members also commended the approach being undertaken by Woking Borough Council.

RESOLVED that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister be advised that the Council supports the sustainability principles in the Code of Sustainable Homes, but considers that the Code should be mandatory rather than voluntary and should apply to all dwellings and extensions and be incorporated into the Building Regulations as soon as possible.


8. ARTICLE 4 DIRECTIONS ON THREE GROUPS OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN FARNHAM AND CRANLEIGH ((Exempt) Appendix D)
[Wards Affected: Farnham
Castle and Cranleigh West]

8.1 Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972: this item contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded. This information is as specified in the following paragraph of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:-

Information which, if disclosed to the public, would reveal that the authority proposes:-

(a) to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or

(b) to make an order or direction under any enactment,

as disclosure to the public might afford an opportunity to a person affected by the notice, order or direction or defeat the purpose or one of the purposes for which the notice, order or direction is to be given or made. (Paragraph 13)

8.2 Your Committee supported the proposed Article 4 Directions but felt that in the case of the terrace of houses in Farnham, this should include the whole row of houses (numbers 2-14).

RESOLVED that the recommendations contained in (Exempt) Appendix D be approved subject to the amendment to include the whole terrace of houses (numbers 2-14) in Farnham.

PART III - BRIEF SUMMARIES OF OTHER MATTERS DEALT WITH

There were no matters falling within this category.

The meeting commenced at 5.00 pm and concluded at 6.55 pm.



Chairman


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