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Meeting of the Executive held on 02/02/2004
ANNEXE 7 - COMMENTS FROM CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - 26TH JANUARY 2004



ANNEXE 7
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE – 2ND FEBRUARY 2004
COMMENTS FROM CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
26TH JANUARY 2004


EAST STREET DEVELOPMENT – LANDOWNER SANCTION


Having specifically requested members of the Committee representing Farnham wards to provide guidance on whether they believed that the MasterPlan was acceptable to the people of Farnham, the following points were raised as elements of the scheme which the Committee consider should be changed:-

1. that 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;

2. 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;

3. 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; and

4. 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.

The Committee wished to raise the general point that more information was required and also agreed to pass the following to the Executive:-

The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee recommends that the Executive delays the granting of Landowner Sanction on the East Street Redevelopment Scheme in order to explore with the developers a scheme more in line with that which the people of Farnham want, even if this means a reduction in the currently proposed financial benefit to Waverley Borough Council, and brings the scheme back to the Committee in due course.

Should the Executive be minded to concur with the proposal to delay the granting of landowner sanction, the Committee wished to ask the Executive to examine the points raised above at 1-4 with a view to using any additional time taken in the landowner sanction process to establish a position with CNS on those items.

The Committee also requested that officers re-examine the exempt nature of the annexe to the report containing the text of the MasterPlan and release to the public those elements of the report which might be made available to the public, as soon as practicable. The Committee also asked for the exempt legal advice which was tabled by the officers to be circulated to all Members of the Council.

Comms/exec/2003-04/453