Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Steven Hollowell, as a member of the Northamptonshire Archaeological Society, declared a Non-Statutory Disclosable Interest in any archaeological aspects of all items under consideration at this meeting.

 

2.

Minutes

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 12 February 2020.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 12 February 2020 were agreed as a correct record to be signed by the Chairman in due course. 

 

3.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

4.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Diana Davies, Democratic Services Officer, to her first meeting of the Committee.

 

5.

Assessment of Slapton as a potential Conservation Area pdf icon PDF 91 KB

*** Please note, that this item has been carried forward from the cancelled 18 March 2020 meeting ***

 

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

For Members to consider the assessment of Slapton which considers whether Slapton has special architectural or historic interest necessary to justify designation as a conservation area. The assessment was deferred from the 22 January 2020 meeting of the Committee to allow Members a chance to visit the village. It is now back for consideration.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      That following the assessment, work to designate Slapton as a conservation area not be pursued as the village does not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That following the assessment, Officers be requested to commence the necessary work towards the designation of Slapton as a conservation area  and to present a proposed conservation area boundary to the Committee as soon as practicable.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Planning and Economy submitted a report which requested that Members consider whether Slapton has the special architectural or historic interest necessary to justify designation as a conservation area.

 

The Committee received a presentation from the Senior Conservation Officer, which provided a number of recent photographs of Slapton, including some provided by Councillors Smallman and Hollowell who had undertaken a site visit with officers.

 

In the course of the discussion, Members commented that Slapton was an aesthetically pleasing village with numerous different types of architecture and a unique rural streetscape. Members expressed a view that the Slapton ought to be designated as a conservation area, in order to safeguard the village against the risk of local development in the future.

 

In response to questions from Members regarding the likelihood of future development in the Slapton area, the Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager advised that Slapton had been designated as a Tier 4 village in the South Northamptonshire Part 2 Local Plan, which was a sufficient level of designation to direct future development away from the Slapton area.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Sandi Smallman and seconded by Councillor Phil Bignell, against officer recommendation, that officers be requested to commence the necessary work towards the designation of Slapton as a conservation area and that a proposed conservation area boundary be submitted to the committee for consideration as soon as practicable.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That following the assessment, Officers be requested to commence the necessary work towards the designation of Slapton as a conservation area  and to present a proposed conservation area boundary to the Committee as soon as practicable.

 

6.

An assessment of the remaining villages within South Northamptonshire District as potential Conservation Areas pdf icon PDF 92 KB

*** Please note, that this item has been carried forward from the cancelled 18 March 2020 meeting ***

 

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

                                               

Purpose of report

 

For Members to consider the assessment of the 14 remaining villages which considers whether they have special architectural or historic interest necessary to justify designation as conservation areas.

 

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      That following the assessment, work to designate the remaining 14 villages as individual conservation areas is not pursued as the villages do not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the assessment of Quinton as a conservation area be deferred until the next meeting of the Committee, pending a detailed report by Officers.

 

(2)  That following the assessments, work to designate Ashton, Caldecote, Cold Higham, Grimscote, Grange Park, Halse, Heathencote, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Potterspury, Warkworth, Weedon Lois, Whiston and Woodend as  individual conservation areas not be pursued as the villages do not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy which requested that Members consider the assessment of the 14 remaining villages and whether they have special architectural or historic interests necessary to justify designation as conservation areas.

 

In introducing the report, the Senior Conservation Officer explained that whilst many of the villages assessed contained listed buildings and exhibited unique rural and historic characteristics, none of the 14 villages fulfilled the Historic England criteria to justify designation as conservation areas. 

 

In the course of the discussion, Members commented that despite some modern infill, the village of Quinton still possessed a number of characteristics that were worthy of designation, such as unique stone cottages located around the village and a picturesque treescape surrounding the church and village green areas. It was proposed by Councillor Robert G. Atkinson and seconded by Councillor Elaine Wiltshire that Officers prepare a detailed individual Conservation Area Assessment of Quinton for further consideration by the Committee.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the assessment of Quinton as a conservation area be deferred until the next meeting of the Committee, pending a detailed report by Officers.

 

(2)  That following the assessments, work to designate Ashton, Caldecote, Cold Higham, Grimscote, Grange Park, Halse, Heathencote, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Potterspury, Warkworth, Weedon Lois, Whiston and Woodend as  individual conservation areas not be pursued as the villages do not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

7.

Local List for South Northamptonshire Assessment Criteria pdf icon PDF 92 KB

*** Please note, that this item has been carried forward from the cancelled 18 March 2020 meeting ***

 

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To seek Committee approval of criteria against which to identify Non-Designated Heritage Assets within South Northamptonshire.

 

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve the criteria for the assessment of Non-Designated Heritage Assets in South Northamptonshire as a precursor to preparing a Local List.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the criteria for the assessment of Non-Designated Heritage Assets in South Northamptonshire as a precursor to preparing a Local List be approved.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Planning and Economy submitted a report which sought Committee approval of criteria against which to identify Non-Designated Heritage Assets within South Northamptonshire.

 

In introducing the report, the Senior Conservation Officer explained that a criteria-based assessment was the best approach to providing a consistent and robust methodology for the identification of local heritage assets, and that the introduction of selection criteria would ensure that any heritage assets on a local list could be identified using a sound methodology in accordance with best Planning Practice Guidance. 

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the criteria for the assessment of Non-Designated Heritage Assets in South Northamptonshire as a precursor to preparing a Local List be approved.

 

8.

Review of Committee Work Plan

To review and note the Committee Work Plan.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the Committee Work Plan be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager provided a verbal update on the Committee Work Plan.  

 

Resolved

 

(1)      That the Committee Work Plan be noted.