Business, Innovation, Employment & Skills Cabinet Member – 12 April 2017

18          (18) RELOCATION OF ASHBY MARKET The Director of Places submitted a report seeking formal approval for the relocation of Ashby Market from its current site to Ashby Broadway.

A review of Ashby market was undertaken between November 2014 and February 2015. The review assessed the current market operations and created an action plan for their improvement.

A consultation event took place on Thursday 16 February 2017 on Broadway, where over 200 people including the public, nearby retailers and traders provided comments on the proposal.

Ashby Market currently traded one day per week, each Thursday.  The Ashby market space was currently significantly under-utilised. It was unused for six days a week, although many traders now used it as a free storage facility for the remaining six days per week, using it as a base to store goods they sold elsewhere. This did not represent value for money for the council taxpayers and restricted other uses for the site.

Following assessment of a number of potential sites in Ashby, officers were progressing with the development of plans for the relocation of the market to the Broadway area.  An initial scheme had been identified and designs were being prepared.

Resolved – (a) That the relocation of Ashby Market from its current site to Broadway off Ashby High Street, subject to securing the necessary planning approvals, be approved; (b) that the demolition of the existing market site and the proposal for it to be declared surplus to allow the site to be utilised to continue the regeneration of Ashby, be approved; (c) that the proposed road layout changes as part of the relocation scheme be supported; (d) that all changes required to Traffic Regulation Orders be supported, and (e) that the responsibility for the delivery of the project be delegated to the Executive Director (Commercial).

19          (19) NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE (2017 TO 2036) STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – DRAFT – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval to publish for public and stakeholder consultation, the Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

Section 14 of Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) required local planning authorities to produce an SCI, as part of their Local Plans.  The SCI set out the methods that would be used to encourage and facilitate participation at the different stages of the Local Plan preparation and encouraged community involvement at the early stages when ideas were being developed. The methods of community involvement used would depend on the document in question and the stage of preparation.

The SCI also set out a commitment to consultation on planning applications, in particular those considered to be major planning applications. Local planning authorities were required to undertake a formal period of public consultation prior to deciding a planning application. For major applications, developers should seek to undertake community engagement as part of the process of preparing them.

The council was working on a new approach to planning policy through a new style Local Plan.  It was considered to be the right time for the council to review its SCI.

Resolved – (a) That the Draft Statement of Community Involvement be approved and published for a four week consultation period; (b) that the report be referred to Planning Committee for information, and (c) that the outcomes of the consultation be reported to the Cabinet Member, alongside an amended version of the Statement of Community Involvement, prior to adoption.