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Meeting of the Council held on 16/10/2001
Environment Overview and Scrutiny Report to Council



WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
11TH SEPTEMBER 2001

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON 16TH OCTOBER 2001

PART I – Reports containing recommendations for decision by the Council

PART II – Matters reported in detail for the information of the Council

There are no matters falling within these categories.

PART III – Brief summaries of other matters dealt with

Background Papers

The background papers relating to the following report items are as specified in the agenda for the meeting of Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

A. FOUR-MONTH ROLLING PROGRAMME

Your Committee has received and noted the Executive Committee Four-Month Rolling Programme of key decisions.

B. COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME

The updated work programme for the next four months was agreed by your Committee, as submitted.

C. CALL-IN ITEM – DEVELOPMENT CONTROL WORKLOAD AND RESOURCES
[Wards Affected: N/A]

C.1 This item had been considered by the Executive Committee on 28th August 2001, prior to being called-in for scrutiny by three members of this Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Only resolutions 3 - 7 were called-in as resolutions 1 and 2 were recommended for approval by the Council.

C.2 The members of your Committee who had called the item in were concerned that the report was premature and did not take into account either the anticipated work of the new Development Control and Policy Manager or the Best Value Inspector’s Report which was expected early in the new year. However, your Committee did recognise that the measures involved in the report were necessary to deal with the current pressures experienced by the Planning Department and to enable the current staffing arrangements to continue. Your Committee therefore endorsed the Executive Committee decisions, subject to the clarification of resolution 3 that the total cost of overtime for all staff in the department be 10,000.

D. ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE SCHEMES AND FUNDING SOURCES
[Wards Affected: All]

Your Committee received a presentation on current funding sources available to Waverley and which gave details of future opportunities for funding. Members found the presentation very helpful and were keen that the information should filter down to members of the public, local voluntary and community groups and Town and Parish Councils. Your Committee agreed to endorse the work of the Partnership Funding Officer and encourage the role to continue.
E. CLARIFYING THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THE EAST STREET DEVELOPMENT COULD MAKE TO FARNHAM ARTS
[Wards Affected: All Farnham Wards]

Your Committee received a report which was found to be a useful summary of the current situation with regard to the East Street site in Farnham. There was detailed discussion about whether or not to prioritise the leisure needs or whether to invite the developers to make imaginative proposals. It was agreed that the developers would be best placed to determine the commercial viability of leisure uses and to make appropriate suggestions based on local demand. The East Street Special Interest Group would be instrumental in considering development proposals and making recommendations to the Executive Committee, prior to consideration by the Council.

F. HIGHWAY PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENTS – PROGRESS REPORT
[Wards Affected: All]

Your Committee was updated on the issue of Surrey County Council Area Committees and informed that a more detailed report would be received at its next meeting.

G. IMPLEMENTATION OF BEST VALUE IMPROVEMENT PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT CONTROL AND PLANNING POLICY
[Wards Affected: N/A]

Your Committee received a general update and copies of the Best Value Improvement Plans for Development Control and Planning Policy, with a view to receiving a presentation from officers at the next meeting.

H. CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISALS – PROJECT BRIEF
[Wards Affected: All]

The Best Value Action Plan for the Policy, Information and Environmental Conservation Section includes a task to carry out conservation area appraisals. Your Committee received and supported a report setting out a project brief for the work including aims, objectives, the approach, the priorities, the programme and proposals.