Contact Officer: Sally Boxall
The report presents the outcome of the work on Horizon 2050, which was presented to Community, Environment and Partnerships (CEP) Committee on 19 December 2018 and is presented to Economic, Planning and Environment (EPH) Committee on 10 January 2019 for comment and endorsement. The presentation to CEP and EPH follows an appearance at EPH on 28 September 2017 and follows an extensive period of engagement activities.
The report is for noting and to provide comment on the emerging version of Horizon 2050 prior to consideration by Cabinet.
Horizon 2050: The journey to 2050 was introduced by the Leader of the Council. It was noted that the report had been written by the Basingstoke Area Strategic Partnership (BASP), in conjunction with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC). It was clarified that the document was neither a strategy nor policy document, but was intended as a framework of desired outcomes to inform policy making in the future.
It is intended that the final document will be presented to Cabinet in early February, and recommended for adoption by the Council on 28 February and by the BASP in March.
The committee made a range of comments and observations.
Homes & Housing vision
It was suggested that there should be some expectation management in relation to the assertion that ‘where possible, new development will take place on brown field sites in preference to green field sites’. The number of available brown field sites was acknowledged to be reducing.
It was further suggested that the term ‘previously developed land’ be added to the ‘brown field sites’ term.
It was felt that the vision lacked the element of ‘place making’ and may benefit from including garden village principles.
Surprise was expressed that there was no mention of a desire for additional council housing. It was clarified that there was lots of discussion relating to affordable housing, with affordability deemed more desirable than sustainability.
It was felt that section 9.2 should be strengthened and enhanced to adequately reflect the strong desire for more council housing and housing provision for the elderly.
It was queried how representative the workshops were when some of them were self-selecting. It was confirmed that both the Over 55 forum and Disability forum were included within the engagement activities.
It was requested that regeneration, specifically relating to housing, be included more fully within the vision.
Health, safety and inclusive communities vision
The disparity of health provision generally was noted.
Whilst it was acknowledged that residents generally felt safe it was felt that there needed to be reference to a high profile policing element in the future to continue ensuring such community safety. It was further suggested that whilst the borough was a safe place, there were underlying issues in the form of drug and alcohol misuse that still needed to be addressed.
A full breakdown in the profile percentages of people interviewed was requested and is available within Appendix A of the telephone sample survey report.
There was a request to more fully reference inequality within the vision, particularly in relation to child poverty.
It was suggested that ‘accessibility’ in terms of transport and affordability should be incorporated within the vision.
It was noted that there was a strength of feeling throughout the borough in terms of the importance of sustainability and environment.
It was suggested that there should be a reference to climate change.
It was noted that incorporating the vision into ongoing building projects throughout the borough was particularly important, especially in terms of Town and Country Planning Association principles.
It was agreed that the vision’s wording should remove the phrase ‘working towards’ and read ‘…..generating all the energy we use and consuming the waste we create’.
Whilst there was acknowledgement that the report expressed the views of the local population, disappointment was expressed that the use of personal vehicles was to remain a ‘key element’, and it was suggested that the term be re-phrased to ‘play a role’.
It was further suggested that quality of provision be referenced.
It was agreed that there needed to be good quality education provision in places that best met the geographical location of residents.
Economy and Entrepreneurship
It was confirmed that research used to develop the vision had evidence that the percentage of commuters working within the borough and travelling out was similar to those figures produced by the 2011 Census.
It was suggested that the unique location of the borough needed to be highlighted in relation to not only working within its own LEP area, but beyond to neighbouring organisations.
A borough with heritage and distinction
It was suggested that there needed to be a management of expectations in relation to the vision’s commitment to ‘protect rural areas from urban sprawl’, particularly given pipeline developments.
Comment was made that protecting the ‘identity and separateness of rural areas’ was not specific enough and ‘identity of small towns and villages’ was suggested as an alternative.
Membership of the advisory group consulted and engaged with to produce the report was requested.
Resolved: The Committee
· Note Horizon 2050: The journey to 2050 report;
· Request that the above comments be actioned and suggested amendments incorporated into the final Horizon 2050 vision document.