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Apologies for absence and substitutions
Councillor Rowland was replaced by Councillor Godesen
Councillor Cubitt was replaced by Councillor Capon
Councillor Edwards and Councillor Miller sent apologies
Appointment of Vice-Chair
To appoint a Vice-Chair to the Economic, Planning and Housing Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year.
No nominations were received for the appointment of Vice-Chair. The seat remained vacant.
Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.
To consider any items of business, other than those shown on this agenda and which, by reason of special circumstances to be stated at the meeting, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.
There were no urgent items.
The Chair will move that the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record. The only part of the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.
A member commented that two days following the 7 March meeting an article appeared in the local paper stating that the council had applied jointly with Hart District Council for funding towards HMOs. This had not been mentioned at the meeting and was felt to be a significant omission. The Chair agreed to make enquiries and report back to the committee.
The minutes of the meeting held on 7 March were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
Contact Officer: Jo Brombley
This report outlines the work that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) has undertaken to produce a draft development brief for the Basingstoke Golf Course housing site.
The Chair invited visiting speakers Sheila Peacock, Carole Galbraith, Paul Beevers, Stephen Reid, and visiting councillors Hannah Golding and Terri Reid to address the Committee. Their comments and requests included:
· A request to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Basingstoke Transition Network’s manifesto for new residential developments to Code Level 4;
· New homes on the site to be optimised for renewable energy;
· Effective cycle routes and electric charging points for cars;
· Greater value given to retention of trees, including near veteran and mature;
· County Councillor Reid stated that there was a real chance that the Beggarwood GP surgery would close which would invalidate 7.17 of the SPD;
· 7.1: a request that the Local Highway Authority undertake a cumulative assessment of the impact of all western area development sites on the highway network, rather than just the individual site;
· 7.9: a request that the developer either prove Beggarwood Lane as a viable secondary access or suggest a valid alternative;
· 8.30: a request to strengthen the SPD by including hard and soft noise barriers;
· Development Principle 3e, that section 1 read: ‘Highways should be built and maintained to adoptable standards.’;
· Greater integration of the gypsy and traveller pitches into the site;
· That a flexible approach be adopted in relation to location of a primary school and that strategies be developed to mitigate air pollution around the site.
The Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment introduced the Basingstoke Golf Course Development Brief Supplementary Planning Document and thanked the speaker’s for their comments.
It was noted that 9.7 of the brief dealt in particular with Carole Galbraith’s comments on behalf of an elderly resident living in Squirrel Drive.
The committee commended the report and made the following comments and observations:
Background and framework: it was clarified that the developer’s planning application would not be determined until the development brief was adopted. It was noted that the developer had been fully involved in conversations from the outset in relation to the brief, and that this had also included extensive engagement with local members.
Concern was raised that there did not appear to be any strategic plan incorporating Hounsome Fields, Kennel Farm and the Golf Course site as an amalgamated development area. The Principal Planning Officer clarified that the SPD could only influence development on this site, as the other two already had planning permission, but still sought to ensure links and continuity to the other two sites.
5. Mix of Homes: it was agreed that the following sentence would be added to 5.24 to provide advice about the location of gypsy pitches; ‘Unless demonstrated to the contrary, the council does not consider that the location in the north-east corner of the site (as shown in material submitted in April 2019 with the outline planning application), satisfies these requirements’.
In relation to Development Principle 1b, it was requested that, when produced, the Affordable Housing Statement contain a commitment to providing accommodation for older people and those with support needs, should it ... view the full minutes text for item 6/19
The Committee is asked to note and review its Work Programme and to receive updates from the Lead Members of Task and Finish Groups.
The Committee reviewed its work programme and made the following comments:
· Local Plan Update report: it was clarified that the report would include housing numbers. Please see the provisional timetable for the Local Plan update at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/LDS;
· Basingstoke Together BID update: the Chair clarified that this would be an item on 4 July’s agenda;
· The Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment commented that he would aim to bring an overview of planning policies for review to the committee at a later date;
· Management Companies task & finish group: a meeting of the group was due to take place on 13 June with a view to the group reporting back to committee at July’s meeting;
· SS9 task & finish group: in the light of forthcoming work, the Chair proposed terminating the group. It was agreed that the future of the group would be discussed and the group potentially re-constituted and scoped at the next meeting; and
· The Executive Director of Borough Services agreed to clarify whether the housing allocations policy for 2-bedrooom flats needed to be a separate work programme item for the committee.