Decisions

Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

01/07/2022 - Minutes of Previous Meeting ref: 2590    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the 07 March 2022 meeting be received and noted as a correct and accurate record.


01/07/2022 - Implementation of Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Macclesfield ref: 2592    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider the the implementation of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Macclesfield in order to tackle areas of Anti-social behaviour.

 

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Chris Allman, Head of Neighbourhood Services introduced the report to the Committee and invited any questions.

The Committee queried:

·         if any Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) had been successful elsewhere in the borough and were advised that there had been one in Congleton that resulted in no reported instances; and

·         how drugs were taken into account in relation to PSPOs.  Laura Woodrow-Hirst, ASB and Community Enforcement Team Leader, advised the powers were only for alcohol removal, drugs would fall under the jurisdiction of the Police who could deal with drugs, offences under their powers.

Councillor Liz Braithwaite thanked everyone involved with the PSPOs in her capacity as Ward Member for Macclesfield Central.

RESOLVED (Unanimously):

That the proposed PSPO, be approved with a commencement date of 18th July 2022 and a duration of 3 years.

Lead officer: Chris Allman


01/07/2022 - Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) ref: 2593    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider the Housing SPD.

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Tom Evans, Neighbourhood Planning Manager and Interim Environmental Planning Manager presented the report to the Committee.  The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provided guidance on adopted policies and material considerations but could not introduce new considerations.  There was detail on the environmental impacts and the approach by the council to those.

 

Consultation had taken place in April 2021 for 6 weeks and generated 119 comments with further comments between Nov- Dec 2021.

 

The key topics during the consultation included the relationship with the Site Allocations and Development Policies Document (SADPD) and the provision of additional information on vacant building credit.

The Neighbourhood Planning Manager and Interim Environmental Planning Manager gave some clarity to the rounding up calculations at 6.7 and 6.12 of the SPD.  The approach was to round up to the nearest whole number.

The Committee had some discussion about modular housing, housing for first time buyers, and the encouraging and support of sustainable homes.

RESOLVED (Unanimously) That:

a) the key issues raised in representations received to the public consultation that took place between November and December 2021 and the corresponding modifications to the Housing Supplementary Planning Document as set out in the Report of Consultation be received and noted; and

b) the Housing Supplementary Planning Document be adopted.

Lead officer: Tom Evans


01/07/2022 - Local Plan Strategy Review ref: 2595    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider the Local Plan Strategy Review.

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Jeremy Owens, Development Planning Manager gave the Committee the background to the report and the findings of the Local Plan Strategy Review.  The Council must review a Local Plan within 5-years of adoption.  The 27th July 2022 was the deadline for Cheshire East Council.

The Committee was advised there were three areas that the Local Plan Strategy (LPS) must take into account: 

1) Plan policies must remain consistent with National Policy Planning Framework  (NPPF), and this had been revised 3-times during the lifespan of the current Cheshire East Local Plan; 

2) Plans must remain effective, the review found that overall it did and could demonstrate a 5-year supply of housing land;

3) Any local change to circumstances could warrant change, the review found that HS2 required the need for full implications to be addressed along with the Councils new Corporate Plan and commitment to tackle Climate Change.

The Committee was given the opportunity to ask questions, there was some discussion about:

·         If the entire Local Plan needed to be changed, it was expected that this would be an extensive update on the basis that most of plan needed to be updated. 

·         Reassurance that a proactive approach would be taken to support groups who had worked on previous plans, if they are to see significant change;

·         Noting that the housing requirement within the LPS was significantly different to the Local Housing need for Cheshire East, the Development Planning Manager was clear that the Housing need figure was not a substitute, and the LPS housing requirement remained and would remain in place until an update was complete; and

·         Whether a current review of the LPS would become a new plan for beyond 2030, the Committee were advised that the review is expected to be extensive but the scope was not yet defined and this was expected in the next report.  Officers would be working through the detail with the Committee, it was expected the Local Plan would take a number of years to produce and circumstances would change.  The Government would expect the new style Local Plan within 30-months which would be very challenging for the Council.

 

RESOLVED (Unanimously) That:

a) the findings of the LPS review set out in this report be received and noted;

b) an update to the LPS be carried out; and

c) a further report be brought back to the Committee with a revised Local Development Scheme setting out the timetable for the update.

The Chair Councillor Mick Warren left the meeting and the Vice-Chair Councillor Sarah Pochin took the Chair for the remainder of the meeting.

 

Lead officer: Jeremy Owens


01/07/2022 - 2021-22 Annual Performance Review ref: 2591    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To receive a report on the performance of Environment and Neighbourhood Services for 2021-22 against the priorities, actions and performance indicators set out in the Corporate Plan.

 

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Paul Bayley, Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, introduced the item.  The purpose of the report was to provide a review on performance across the department for 2021-22.

The Committee was advised that:

·         The Covid pandemic had impacted services on the first half of 2021, until restrictions lifted on the 19th July;

·         The Strain on waste services continued, all bins had been emptied at all times but some delays had occurred;

·         Recycling rates remained high and nationally Cheshire East was in the top 10 Unitary Authorities for recycling performance;

·         During the period, there had been consultation on six Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs);

·         Seven Neighbourhood plans had been made;

·         Platinum Jubilee street parties were able to be held in some alleyways in central Crewe this followed work completed by Cleaner Crewe project; and

·         The Planning service continued to be under significant pressure, with a significant backlog of planning applications and most non-major applications had taken 4-6 months to determine.  The Executive Director of Place had undertaken a Deep-dive review of the Planning service.

The Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services noted the efforts of the planning team and advised that 100 applications had been determined every week and the five-year housing supply remained at a robust level.

Thanks were given to all council officers across the department including colleagues from Ansa, Orbitas and Everybody Health and Leisure (ESAR) for ongoing commitments to delivering services for residents and businesses across the borough.

The Committee was given the opportunity to ask questions, there was some discussion and it was noted that:

·         With respect to flytipping, CCTV cameras had been deployed across borough.  There was ambition to procure additional cameras under Cleaner Crewe project to be deployed within alleyways to support the Cleaner Crewe project;

·         Thanks were given to Councillor Charlotte Leach in respect of the work she had been part of in Mobberley that brought about dismissal of an appeal for the unlawful change of use of land for residential caravans within the Greenbelt, resulting in a positive outcome for the community; and

·         There was a need to get ahead on planning policy making to ensure more in terms of biodiversity gain than less.

There was discussion about charges to those using tips to dispose of rubble.  Ralph Kemp, Head of Environmental Services gave the Committee an overview on the current position.  The Government had three pieces of legislation that would affect the waste collection service:

1) the way in which waste is collected would be informed on the outcome of consultations, of which there was no clear deadline at present;

2) Extended Producer Responsibility encouraged producers to fund local authorities for any changes that would be needed to collect waste;

3) A consultation related to removal of the charge for depositing do-it-yourself (DIY) waste at household waste and recycling centres.  Cheshire East would explore the feasibility of that.

There was discussion about the six vacancies within the Planning department and the context of those.  Peter Hooley, Planning and Enforcement Manager advised the Committee the vacancies were significant across a team of 30 full time equivalent positions.

The Committee congratulated officers on the hard work despite a trying period, and positive results across the department.

RESOLVED:

That the performance of the department be received and noted.

Lead officer: Paul Bayley


01/07/2022 - Alignment of 2022/23 Budgets ref: 2596    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To receive the alignment of the 2022-23 budgets for Adults, Health and Integration and to note or approve virements and supplementary estimates as required.

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Paul Goodwin, Head of Financial Services and Deputy Chief Finance Officer introduced the item to the Committee and invited any questions.

The Committee noted that it was early in the financial cycle and the report before the Committee was a restatement from the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) with some virements and supplementary estimates since the MTFS was approved. 

The Committee noted that several Members found the Cheshire East figures difficult and requested the need for plain English and additional training sessions during the financial year. 

RESOLVED (Unanimously) That:

a) the decision of the Finance Sub-Committee to allocate the approved capital and revenue budgets, related policy proposals and earmarked reserves to the Economy and Growth Committee be noted;

b) the supplementary revenue estimates be approved;

c) the supplementary capital estimates be approved;

d) the capital budget virements be approved;

e) the financial reporting timetable be received and noted.

Lead officer: Joanne Wilcox


01/07/2022 - The Minerals and Waste Development Plan ref: 2594    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To seek approval to publish the draft Cheshire East Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document (Local Plan part 3) along with its supporting evidence for public consultation.

Decision Maker: Environment and Communities Committee

Made at meeting: 01/07/2022 - Environment and Communities Committee

Decision published: 05/07/2022

Effective from: 13/07/2022

Decision:

Stuart Penny, Planning Policy and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Manager introduced the item to the Committee, the Minerals and Waste Plan contained strategic and non-strategic policies, that focussed on issues specific to minerals and waste matters.

The Committee was given the opportunity to ask questions, there was some discussion on:

·         Of the two identified sites for Silica sand, had any consultation taken place with neighbours, the Committee were advised that this was the first stage of the plan and consultation will follow when the proposals were released;

·         Concern in relation to the predicted shortfall in capacity to manage residual waste (black bin) and inert waste over the period to 2030 and that this was eight years away.  The Committee were advised that there were two elements to the landfill element, the Crewe site did not accept waste anymore and the council would need to call for sites for a potential operator to come forward;

·         The position in relation to mineral extraction restoration and the trend in the past to make lakes from exhausted quarries which did have some Biodiversity merit but was often not part of the original topography.  The Committee were advised that in-line with the after-care management plan, restoration must be appropriate to location and sympathetic to environment.  The Committee were reassured by this;

·         The Council position on fracking, the Committee were advised that the planning guidance states councils must plan positively with the need for resource but to balance against impacts; and

·         The importance of consultation from public on fracking proposals.  The Committee was advised that there was a set of requirements set out in the plan policy that applicants would need to evaluate impacts, including water, environment, pollution, etc. 

RESOLVED (Unanimously) That:

a) the draft version of the Minerals and Waste Plan be approved for public consultation together with its associated documents, call for sites exercise and mapping (via the Council’s website). This includes the Sustainability Assessment, Habitats Regulation Assessment and the current supporting evidence base for the MWP;

b) the Head of Planning be authorised to finalise the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment and to make any necessary changes required to the draft Minerals and Waste Plan as a result of their findings; and

c) the Head of Planning be authorised to make any other non-material changes to the consultation documents or supporting information ahead of the consultation and prepare any additional explanatory information to support the consultation.

Lead officer: Stuart Penny