Planning Committee – 1 June 2007 (Policy Meeting)
Chairman: Councillor Collinson
Venue: Function Room 1, Pittwood House, Scunthorpe
2. Declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests (if any).
3. Local Development Framework – Local Development Scheme.
4. Regional Spatial Strategy for Yorkshire & the Humber – Examination in Public – Panel Report
5. Planning for a Sustainable Future – White Paper
Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances which must be specified.
Note: Reports are by the Head of Planning and Regeneration unless otherwise stated.
PRESENT: – Councillor Whiteley (Chair).
Councillors Armitage, Briggs, Bunyan, Davison, Eckhardt, England, Foster, Kirk, Smith, Swift and Wardle.
The committee met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.
923 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS – There were no declarations of interest.
924 (10) LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK – LOCAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME – The Head of Strategic Housing, Regeneration and Development Service submitted a report seeking to inform Members of the views of Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber and the Planning Inspectorate on the Draft Local Development Scheme (LDS) submitted for consideration in March 2007, and seeking approval for the amended Local Development Scheme.
Following the Planning Committee (Policy Meeting) of 9 March 2007 (minute 898 refers), the Draft LDS was submitted to Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber (GOYH) for consideration.
GOYH and the Planning Inspectorate had now provided comments on the Draft LDS and had indicated that a number of changes to the Local Development Framework (LDF) timetable be made.
The key changes proposed related to the timetabling of the Housing and Employment Allocations Development Plan Document DPD), the Waste DPD and the Proposals Map.
The changes were required to ensure that as far as possible future DPDs were sound. The timetable for the Core Strategy remained the same but it was necessary that DPDs for Housing and Employment Land Allocations and Waste were changed to properly reflect the Core Strategy and to ensure that the timetable accorded with recommendations contained in Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 12: Local Development Frameworks.
The revised LDS timetable was appended to the report.
Resolved – (a) That the revised Local Development Scheme be approved for submission to the Secretary of State and, (b) that if no further changes are required the Local Development Scheme take effect from 30 June 2007
925 (11) REGIONAL SPATIAL STRATEGY FOR YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER – EXAMINATION IN PUBLIC – The Head of Strategic Housing, Regeneration and Development Service submitted a report seeking to inform Members about the key recommendations arising from the publication of the Panel Report on the Examination in Public into the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy.
The Draft Regional Spatial Strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber was the subject of an Examination in Public between 12 September and 27 October 2006. The key issues arising from the Panel Report for North Lincolnshire related to:
- The designation of the Hull as a regional centre
- Increased housing numbers
- The A160 South Humber Bank access route.
Further information was set out in the report. Comments would be submitted when the revised Regional Spatial Strategy was published for consultation in July 2007.
Resolved – (a) That the information in the report be noted, and (b) that the delivery of the A160 and the equal status for Scunthorpe, Hull and Grimsby/Cleethorpes be pursued through the Regional Spatial Strategy process
926 (12) PLANNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – WHITE PAPER – The Head of Strategic Housing, Regeneration and Development Service submitted a report seeking to inform Members of the key proposals set out in Planning for a Sustainable Future – White Paper, issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Transport (DfT) and Department for Trade and Industry (DTI).
The White Paper set out the Government’s detailed proposals for further reform of the planning system in England in response to the recommendations made in the Barker review of the Land Use Planning System and Eddington Transport Study produced in 2006.
The key proposals set out in the White Paper related to:
- Reforming the process and procedures for delivering key national infrastructure projects
- Further reforms to the town and country planning system
The publication of the White Paper followed up the work undertaken on behalf of the Government by the Barker Review of Land Use Planning and the Eddington Transport Study, both of which issued their reports and recommendations in December 2006
The White Paper set out detailed proposals for reform in response to the recommendations made by Barker and Eddington in respect of planning. The White Paper was accompanied by a series of other consultation documents in relation to changes to permitted development rights, improving the planning appeals process, the handling of major planning applications and the future of fees for planning applications. The White Paper was currently available for public consultation.
Further information was set out in the report.
Resolved – That the information contained in the report be noted.