To consider a report by the Head of Regeneration and Planning (Reference 09/381 attached).
The Cabinet considered a report by the Head of Regeneration and Planning (Reference 09/381). The Planning Manager, Jill Low gave a presentation on this development and explained the planning brief to Members. She informed member that the Planning brief would;
• give guidance on a range of suitable uses that fit with planning policies, while still being flexible;
• help bring forward the site for development and secure appropriate regeneration benefit;
• outline major planning issues and policies;
• explain what’s required as part of any planning application;
• set the parameters for development (eg design standards, highway requirements etc;
• suggest a possible way in which a mixed use scheme could be developed; and
• require very careful assessment of any retail proposals to ensure impact upon the town centre is minimized.
However the planning brief would not:
• suggest the best way to maximize profit from the sale of the Council’s land;
• suggest food retailing as the single preferred option;
• preclude other layouts or mix of uses within the parameters of the Brief
She went through the site plans and the planning guidance that had been used to form the brief, and stated that the design principles for the development were to:
• respond positively to the site, its context, townscape character and local distinctiveness;
• ensure efficient land use by delivering a compact development;
• ensure continuity, enclosure and safe public realm;
• ensure legibility and a clear urban structure;
• be resource efficient;
• create distinctive design;
• green the urban environment;
• conserve the historic environment –includes listed prison buildings.
Cabinet discussed this report.
RESOLVED that Cabinet:
(i) note the contents of the draft version of the Dean Road Development Brief and approve its publication for purposes of public consultation, subject to any amendments proposed by the Planning and Development committee; and
(ii) delegate to the Leader authority to review the responses to consultation upon the brief and make recommendations in connection therewith to the meeting of Full Council on 7 September.
The Dean Road Council Depot is due to be disposed of by the Council and an opportunity exists for its redevelopment in conjunction with adjacent sites, including the former St Mary’s Hospital site. It is considered that regeneration potential and planning benefits can best be obtained from a comprehensive approach to the site, reflecting up to date national and regional planning policy. A development brief reflecting up to date national and regional planning policy which has been adopted as planning guidance for development management purposesis considered to be the best mechanism of achieving these objectives.