Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

39.

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.

 

40.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 27 November 2019.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 27 November 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to the following amendment:

 

Minute 32: Add the following sentence to the end of paragraph two:

 

Officers also noted Members’ concerns regarding the ongoing safety of the A43 crossovers in the Brackley area, namely those located at Whitfield and Radstone.

 

41.

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.

 

42.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

 

43.

Assessment of Slapton as a potential Conservation Area pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

       

1.1     To agree that following the assessment, work to designate Slapton as a conservation area is not pursued as the village does not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the decision on the assessment of Slapton as a Conservation Area be deferred until the 18 March meeting, to allow for a site visit by Members of the Committee. 

 

(2)  That Officers be requested to liaise with Members and agree a date in early March 2020 for a site visit to Slapton.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy, which requested that Members consider the assessment of Slapton and whether Slapton was an area “of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it was desirable to preserve or enhance” (S69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990) and, therefore, justified designation as a conservation area.

 

In introducing the report, the Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager explained that the assessment of Slapton had followed the criteria set out by Historic England and that whilst Slapton was an attractive rural hamlet, it did not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

Following a detailed discussion, Members agreed to defer a decision on the recommendations to the 18 March meeting of the Committee and requested that Officers arrange a Committee site visit to Slapton in early March 2020.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the decision on the assessment of Slapton as a Conservation Area be deferred until the 18 March meeting, to allow for a site visit by Members of the Committee. 

 

(2)  That Officers be requested to liaise with Members and agree a date in early March 2020 for a site visit to Slapton.

 

44.

Assessment of Upper Heyford as a potential Conservation Area pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

For Members to consider the assessment of Upper Heyford which considers whether Upper Heyford has special architectural or historic interest necessary to justify designation as a conservation area.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

            

1.1     To agree that following the assessment, work to designate Upper Heyford as a conservation area is not pursued as the village does not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That following the assessment, work to designate Upper Heyford as a conservation area not be pursued as the village does 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 Upper Heyford and whether Upper Heyford was an area “of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it was desirable to preserve or enhance” (S69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990) and, therefore, justified designation as a conservation area.

 

The Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager advised Members that whilst the assessment of Upper Heyford had followed the criteria set out by Historic England, the area did not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That following the assessment, work to designate Upper Heyford as a conservation area not be pursued as the village does not fulfil the criteria to justify designation.

 

45.

Neighbourhood Planning Update pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide an update on Neighbourhood Planning Activity within South Northamptonshire in accordance with paragraph 4.2 of the Council’s adopted ‘Neighbourhood Planning Scheme of Delegation’. 

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

            

1.1     To note the Neighbourhood Plan Update Report (Appendix 1) in accordance with the agreed Neighbourhood Planning Scheme of Delegation.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the Neighbourhood Plan Update Report, in accordance with the agreed Neighbourhood Planning Scheme of Delegation, be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy, which provided Members with an update on Neighbourhood Planning Activity within South Northamptonshire, in accordance with Paragraph 4.2 of the Council’s adopted Neighbourhood Planning Scheme of Delegation.

 

In introducing the report, the Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager advised Members that there were a total of fourteen designated Neighbourhood Areas in South Northamptonshire of which three, Harpole, Kislingbury and Roade, had ‘’Made’’ plans.

 

In response to questions from Members regarding ongoing Neighbourhood Planning Activity, the Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager advised that the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan had recently been submitted for examination, which was due to be completed in March 2020.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the Neighbourhood Plan Update Report, in accordance with the agreed Neighbourhood Planning Scheme of Delegation, be noted.

 

46.

West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy - Review of Policies pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider a review of policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) (WNJCS) in accordance with Regulation 10a of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). A schedule setting out the review of policies is attached as Appendix 1 to this report.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1     To endorse the review of policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) (WNJCS)  as set out in Appendix 1 to this report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the review of policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) (WNJCS) be endorsed.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy which asked Members to consider a review of policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) (WNJCS) in accordance with Regulation 10A of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as emended).

 

The Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager advised the Committee that many of the policies contained within in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy remained up to date and were consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework, though the existing policies relating to Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpersons would be superseded in the Part 2 Local Plan.

 

Following questions from the Committee regarding the affordable housing requirement threshold, the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy advised that a development site of ten or more dwellings would be required to provide a percentage of affordable housing.

 

In response to further questions from Members regarding Towcester Racecourse, the Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Manager advised that notwithstanding the recent closure of the racecourse, the policies provided appropriate guidance for future use of the site although corporate events and greyhound racing were expected to return to the site in 2020.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the review of policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) (WNJCS) be endorsed.

47.

West Northamptonshire Memorandum of Cooperation Update pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider an update to the Memorandum of Cooperation between the partner Councils.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1     To recommend that the Council agree and re-sign the updated Memorandum of Cooperation which is attached to this report as Appendix 1.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the decision to recommend the updated West Northamptonshire Memorandum of Cooperation to Full Council be deferred, pending satisfactory amendments to the Terms of Reference.

 

(2)  That the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy be requested to liaise with Officers from other signatory Councils in order to amend the Memorandum of Cooperation Terms of Reference.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy, which requested that Members consider an update to the West Northamptonshire Memorandum of Cooperation between the partner Councils.

 

The Assistant Director – Planning and Economy explained to Members that the Joint Planning and Infrastructure Board (JPIB) had recently approved the updated West Northamptonshire Memorandum of Cooperation, subject to minor corrections to the Terms of Reference regarding the nomination of substitute Members.

 

Following concerns raised by the Committee regarding the requirement that at least one appointee to the Board must be a Member of both Northamptonshire County Council and a signatory Council, Members proposed the following amendment to Section 4 of the Terms of Reference:

 

‘’That where possible, these may include at least one person who is an elected Member of Northamptonshire County Council among those appointed by NBC, DDC and SNC’’

 

Members agreed to defer the recommendation that Full Council agree and re-sign the updated Memorandum of Cooperation and requested that the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy liaise with Officers from other signatory Councils in order to make satisfactory amendments to the Terms of Reference. 

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the decision to recommend the updated West Northamptonshire Memorandum of Cooperation to Full Council be deferred, pending satisfactory amendments to the Terms of Reference.

 

(2)  That the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy be requested to liaise with Officers from other signatory Councils in order to amend the Memorandum of Cooperation Terms of Reference.

 

48.

Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 41 KB

To review and note the Committee Work Plan.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That, subject to the removal of the agenda item relating to the Upper Nene Gravel Pits Supplementary Planning Document from the 18 March meeting, the Committee Work Plan be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered its Work Plan.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That, subject to the removal of the agenda item relating to the Upper Nene Gravel Pits Supplementary Planning Document from the 18 March meeting, the Committee Work Plan be noted.