Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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Items
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25.

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:

There were no declarations of interest.

26.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 2 December 2020.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 2 December 2020 were agreed as a correct record to be signed by the Chairman in due course.

27.

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.

28.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

29.

Ashton Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 122 KB

 

Report of Assistant Director: Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

For Members to consider the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan and recommend whether they wish it to proceed to referendum.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To approve the Modifications recommended by the Examiner of the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan) as set out at Appendix 1 and agree that the Plan, including those Modifications (Appendix 2), should proceed to Referendum.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

(1)   That, having given due consideration, the committee approved the Modifications recommended by the Examiner of the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan) as set out at Appendix 1 and agreed that the Plan, including those Modifications (Appendix 2), should proceed to Referendum.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director: Planning and Economy which provided an update on the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan which incorporated the examiners modifications, with a view to proceeding to referendum.

 

In presenting the report, the Planning Policy and Conservation Manager advised that the November 2020 examiners report had now concluded, subject to some modifications to ensure that the neighbourhood plan submitted for examination in April 2020 met the basic conditions and tests to proceed to Public Referendum.

 

The Planning Policy and Conservation Manager explained that due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, central Government had advised that all neighbourhood planning referendums that would have been scheduled to take place between 16 March 2020 and 5 May 2021 would be postponed until 6 May 2021.

 

Resolved

(1)   That, having given due consideration, the committee approved the Modifications recommended by the Examiner of the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan) as set out at Appendix 1 and agreed that the Plan, including those Modifications (Appendix 2), should proceed to Referendum.

 

30.

Infrastructure Funding Statement pdf icon PDF 83 KB

 

Report of the Assistant Director: Planning and Economy 

 

Purpose of report

 

For Members to consider the Infrastructure Funding Statement and recommend whether they wish to adopt it.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To adopt the Infrastructure Funding Statement as set out at Appendix 1 which includes the Council’s Infrastructure List for the coming year.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)   That, having given due consideration, the Infrastructure Funding Statement as set out at Appendix 1 which includes the Council’s Infrastructure List for the coming year be adopted.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director: Planning and Economy which provided an update on the Infrastructure Funding Statement.

 

In presenting the report, the Planning Policy and Conservation Manager advised that the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations required the Local Planning Authority to publish an Infrastructure Funding Statement by 31 December 2020 and annually thereafter. The funding statement included details of where CIL monies had been spent and an indication of projects that could be funded by CIL monies in future.

 

Resolved

 

(1)   That, having given due consideration, the Infrastructure Funding Statement as set out at Appendix 1 which included the Council’s Infrastructure List for the coming year be adopted.

 

 

31.

Housing Supplementary Planning Document Draft pdf icon PDF 85 KB

 

Report of Assistant Director: Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of Report

 

To provide an overview of the Draft South Northamptonshire Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), along with the procedure to take the document towards future adoption as an SPD.

 

The Committee is also requested to endorse commencement of public consultation on the document.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      To approve the draft South Northamptonshire Housing Supplementary Planning Document and the commencement of a four-week period of public consultation on the draft South Northamptonshire Housing SPD.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)   Having given due consideration, the draft South Northamptonshire Housing Supplementary Planning Document and the commencement of a four-week period of public consultation on the draft South Northamptonshire Housing SPD be approved. Subject to the following consideration:

 

(i)  At consultation stage the report be amended to address the provision of electricity and the visual impact on rural areas

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director: Planning and Economy which provided an overview of the South Northamptonshire Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), along with the procedure to take the document towards future adoption as an SPD.

 

In response to questions from the Committee regarding the current policies, the Senior Planning Officer advised that the SPD looked to support existing adopted policies rather than amend them.

 

The Committee received clarification from the Senior Planning Officer regarding the Design Code.  Whilst the district has a Design Guide, the SPD’s Design Code would be intended for the larger schemes of self-build where an individual approach to design was being taken, and would provide parameters for more ambitious designs to ensure they blended with the countryside.

 

In response to questions from the Committee regarding Housing Rental Tenancies of 3 years, the Senior Planning Officer advised that the Build to Rent was not necessarily for registered providers who’s tenancy term could be expected to be 1 year, however the Government’s guidance for such rental products is for 3 year tenancy terms. The Senior Planning Officer explained that the Committee’s concerns regarding the term of rental tenancies would be addressed in the next stage of the consultation process.

 

In response to further questions from Members regarding the visual impact of allowing pylons to provide the electricity supply to field barns, the Senior Planning Officer advised that the report would be amended at the consultation stage, to reflect underground provision intended to protect the visual aspects of the countryside.

 

In response to the Committee’s questions regarding the right to build self-build houses, the Senior Planning Officer confirmed that the Council would expect a developer to demonstrate that there is sufficient demand for proposed developments in the area concerned.  The Council holds a self-build housing register and as such, if there was insufficient demand for a development within an area it would be expected that planning approval would not be given.

 

Resolved

 

(1)   Having given due consideration, the draft South Northamptonshire Housing Supplementary Planning Document and the commencement of a four-week period of public consultation on the draft South Northamptonshire Housing SPD be approved. Subject to the following consideration:

 

(i)  At consultation stage the report be amended to address the provision of electricity and the visual impact on rural areas

 

32.

Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 43 KB

To review and note the Committee Work Plan.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)   That the Committee Work Plan be noted.

Minutes:

The Committee considered its Work Plan.

 

Resolved

 

(1)   That the Committee Work Plan be noted.