Agenda and minutes

Environment and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 26th October, 2010 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Katie Smith  Email: katie.smith@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

35.

Declarations of Interest/Whipping Declarations

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any personal and/or prejudicial interests in any item on the agenda

Minutes:

None declared at this point.

36.

Public Speaking Time/ Open Session

A total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to make a statement(s) on any matter that falls within the remit of the Committee.

 

Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes, but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned, where there are a number of speakers

Minutes:

None

37.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2010 as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the meeting be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman

38.

Verge Maintenance pdf icon PDF 814 KB

To give consideration to a presentation on verge maintenance.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a presentation on verge maintenance. The presentation outlined:

 

  • The current arrangements – Bam Nuttall had won the contract for the former Macclesfield and Crewe and Nantwich Authorities and the Borough Council had won the contract for the former Congleton Authority
  • The timetable for rural and urban grass cutting
  • A detailed plan of the highway network
  • The budget – total annual cost of £820,000

 

In summary, it was reported that BAM Nuttall and Cheshire East Council (CEC) were working to agreed contractual obligations. However CEC cut fortnightly throughout the growing season which was a higher frequency than BAM Nuttall. Member agreed that if this was achievable in the former Congleton area then it should also be achievable in the rest of the borough and therefore the possibility of providing the service in house should be investigated.

 

Members raised concern regarding the frequency of gully emptying. It was reported that due to the previous harsh winter, priorities had been revised to deal with the highways and that unless there was another harsh winter the programme would return to normal.

 

Members also raised concerns regarding hedge cutting, it was agreed that for visibility and safety reasons, this should be included in the verge maintenance programme.

 

RESOLVED

 

  1. That the presentation be noted.
  2. That the possibility of providing the service in house and hedge cutting being included as part of the maintenance programme be investigated.

 

39.

Review of Towns and Villages pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To give consideration to the draft final report of the Task and Finish Group’s recent Review of Towns and Villages.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a draft report of the Task and Finish Group on its review of Towns and Villages. The Committee approved the report subject to the recommendations being amended to reflect the fact that any future decisions made by the Portfolio Holder should be in line with the Cheshire East Council Parking Strategy.

 

Councillor Menlove thanked the Task and Finish Group for its hard work and final report which had proved to be a valuable exercise. He informed the Committee that he was currently reviewing the on/off street parking provisions within Cheshire East and that the charging regimes would be reviewed at some time in the future.

 

RESOLVED

 

That subject to the amendment highlighted above, the final report be submitted to the Portfolio Holder for Environment for approval.

40.

Visitor Economy Strategy for Cheshire East pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To give consideration to the Visitor Economy Strategy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report informing Members that since the Committee meeting held on 8 June 2010, a consultation period on the Visitor Economy Strategy for Cheshire East had been completed. The report updated the Committee on progress made in drafting and adopting the strategy as well as delivery to date. At the Chairman’s request it was agreed that further details of what was already happening in visitor economy work to deliver the strategic priorities would be circulated to the Committee.

 

At this point Councillors Fletcher, Jackson and Thorley declared a personal interest in the item due to being members of the National Trust.

 

RESOLVED

 

  1. That Cabinet be recommended to approve the Visitor Economy Strategy as a framework to deliver services and agree policy relating to the visitor economy.
  2. That a visitor economy delivery update be circulated to all Members of the Committee.

 

41.

Interim Planning Statement on Affordable Housing pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To give consideration to the draft Interim Planning Statement on Affordable Housing

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report outlining the proposal for the introduction of an Interim Planning Statement to be used in considering planning applications for housing development pending the adoption of a policy for Cheshire East in the LDF Core Strategy.

 

It was noted that the SHMAA identified that, based on CLG modelling; there was a net shortfall of 1,243 affordable homes each year across the district for the five year period 2009/10 to 2013/14. Members agreed that this target was unrealistic however the proposal that 30% of new housing schemes should be affordable was important this figure should be maintained.

 

It was agreed that, following the consultation period, the Statement and comments be brought back to the Committee prior to being considered by Cabinet.

 

RESOLVED


1. That subject to the comments highlighted above, Cabinet be recommended to approve the draft Interim Planning Statement on Affordable Housing for consultation purposes, and its agreement that it be treated as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications pending the adoption of the finalised document in such a format as may be appropriate following the consultation process.

2. That following the consultation period the statement and comments be brought back to the Committee for final consideration.

42.

Future Housing Provision in Cheshire East pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To give consideration to the future housing provisions in Cheshire East

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report which:

 

·        considered the requirement for the Council to maintain a five year supply of deliverable housing land and the position at 1 April 2010 in Cheshire East;

·        considered the appropriate figure for the housing requirement for Cheshire East following the revocation of the Regional Spatial Strategy,  in the interim pending the adoption of the Local Development Framework;

·        proposed the introduction of an Interim Planning Policy to manage the release of land for housing development pending the allocation of land within the Local Development Framework and that consultation should be carried out on the draft policy.

 

With regard to paragraph 2 of the justification for the release of housing land, Councillor Thorley strongly objected to Shavington being excluded from the settlement boundary of Crewe.

 

Members questioned how many planning permissions had been granted but were still to be built. It was agreed that this information would be circulated to the Committee.

 

Members discussed the use of ‘brownfield’ sites and agreed that these should be utilised as a priority before any further ‘greenfield’ land being released for housing.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Environment and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee endorses the Cabinet recommendation to:

 

1.             Approve the housing requirement figure for a minimum of 1150 net additional dwellings to be delivered annually, to be used pending the adoption of the Local Development Framework Core Strategy;

2.             Note the Council’s five year land supply at 1 April 2010;

3.             Approve the Interim Planning Policy on the Release of Housing Land for consultation purposes and agree that it be used in the determination of planning applications pending its adoption subject to the addition of suitable previously developed sites in paragraph 3 of the policy.

 

Councillor Barton left the meeting following consideration of the above item

 

43.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 38 KB

To give consideration to the extracts of the forward plan which fall within the remit of the Committee.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the extracts of the forward plan which fall within the remit of the Committee be noted

44.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To give consideration to the work programme

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the work programme. Due to the fact that the following issues would be dealt with through Member briefings, it was agreed that they be removed from the work programme:

 

  • Future development of employment land at Parkgate, Knutsford
  • Sustainable Towns Strategy (Snowhill)

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the work programme be approved subject to the amendments highlighted above.