Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 19/02/2002
Minutes - 19.02.02
MINUTES of the MEETING of the ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
held on 19th February 2002
(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)
Dr R A Thomas (Chairman)
Mrs C J Howard
Mr M W Byham (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs M V M Hunt
Mr P Betlem
Mr P B Isherwood
Mrs C Craig
Mrs M T King-Hele
Mr D H Darbishire
Mr D G Kinsella
Mrs J E Dodd
Mr J C S Mackie
Mr V Duckett
Mrs A Mugford
Mrs J M Harris
Mrs C E Savage
Mrs P Hibbert
Mr G R Miller attended as a substitute
Also present: Captain P G Burden, Mr B A Ellis, Mrs P Ellis,
Mr B V Foulkes, Mr D C Inman and Mrs J M Mansley
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 22nd January 2002 were confirmed and signed.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Apologies for absence were received from Mrs A Mugford with Mr G R Miller attending the meeting as a substitute.
DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY AND OTHER INTERESTS
(Agenda Item 3)
There were no disclosures of interest made under this heading.
COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME
RESOLVED that the work programme be agreed as submitted.
PLANNING GREEN PAPER AND ASSOCIATED ISSUES
Planning Green Paper: Delivering A Fundamental Change
Reforming Planning Obligations
New Parliamentary Procedures For Processing Major Infrastructure Projects
Compulsory Purchase And Compensation: The Government's Proposals For Change
Countryside Agency: Consultation – A South Downs National Park
The Committee considered the five reports detailed above, all of which were draft responses to consultation papers concerning the Planning Green Paper, its daughter documents and associated issues. Additional comments and observations were made by the Committee, attached as an
to these minutes, which were subsequently passed to the Executive to assist in its consideration of the reports at its meeting on 26th February 2002.
In addition to this, the Committee identified a series of issues which it proposed might be looked at in greater depth by the Planning Services Special Interest Group. These are detailed below and the Committee invited the Executive to agree this course of action:-
(a) what mechanism will be used to keep Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) under continuous review?
(b) public participation at Committees considering planning applications, including the implementation of a time limit for speakers;
(c) giving reasons for the decision to approve an application;
(d) the checklist process for Development Control;
(e) the level of charges made by Waverley for the copying of plans, planning papers etc;
(f) the need for some officer delegated decisions to be fed back through the Committee process;
(g) changes to the enforcement process – for example, freezing development opportunities on sites where enforcement action is pending; levying punitive charges on retrospective applications, use of e.g. stop notices to prevent further activity on a site;
(h) the omission of outline planning consents from the Planning Green Paper.
The meeting concluded at 8.58 p.m.