Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 18/11/2003
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES FOR THE HINDHEAD AREA
Summary & Purpose
This report sets out the background to the Statement of Principles that has been produced by the main organisations concerned with the future of the Hindhead area. The purpose of the Statement is to arrive at a broad consensus on the land use potentials that could be unlocked by the building of the tunnel, and the Statement is included in full in the report.
Quality of Life Implications
Prevention and Control
The benefit to Waverley of having a Statement of Principles is that it expresses clearly the objectives for the area of a number of organisations that are closely concerned with Hindhead and its surroundings, and will provide a firm basis for the consideration of planning and land use issues. The quality of life indicators show that the Statement should be very beneficial in producing strategies and plans that will protect the natural area, reduce pollution, support wildlife and enhance the local environment.
There are no implications for E government.
Resource and legal implications
Resource implications may arise if there is a need to attend the Public Inquiry on the A3, and the production of subsequent work on planning guidance on the Hindhead area. It is expected that the costs will be met from the existing budgets.
1. In January 2003, the Executive agreed a timetable for producing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on the future of the centre of Hindhead, both during the period before the tunnel was built and afterwards. An earlier report had been produced in 2001, setting out the scope of the SPG, but work was postponed because of a temporary delay by the Highway Agency in drawing up the scheme for the tunnel.
2. Once preliminary work began on the SPG, it became clear that the first step should be achieving a consensus about the future of the area among the organisations most concerned with the wider Hindhead environs. The SPG was concerned with the centre of
Hindhead, but a wider context was needed. This view was shared by a number of the organizations, and so a group with officer representatives from the organizations was established in March 2003, from membership of the A3 Project Advisory Group. The role of the group was to start thinking about the land use potentials unlocked by the tunnel scheme and to consider a set of key principles that could be used as a framework for the development of more detailed plans and strategies by the individual organisations involved.
3. The building of the tunnel is more than a road scheme and has major implications for the future of the whole area. It is essential to ensure that there are positive benefits at the earliest opportunity, and benefits from co-ordination of the “planning activities” of the various authorities and landowners.
4. With this aspiration in mind, the outcome of the work of the group was a Statement of Principles, produced by the following organisations:
The National Trust
The Council for the Protection of Rural England
The Highways Agency
Surrey County Council
The Surrey Hills AONB Partnership
Waverley Borough Council
The Principles and a supporting paper are set out in
5. The Highways Agency has expressed support of the Principles because they will make clear the position of the organisations regarding the future of the Hindhead area at the Public Inquiry on the tunnel in the summer of 2004.
6. The Statement of Principles provides a firm basis for planning and land management issues in the area, and expresses the views of the main organisations concerned with the Hindhead area. There are considerable benefits in having a more strategic approach to harnessing the potential outcomes of this major investment. It will assist planning work on the SPD to have a clear framework in which to work.
The Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee is recommended to propose to the Executive that the Statement of Principles be endorsed.
There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.