Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee
Monday, 19th October, 2009 10.00 am

Venue: Town Hall

Contact: Anne Smith 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have a personal or prejudicial interest to declare in any of the items on this agenda.  If so, the nature of the interest must be declared at the start of the meeting.  In addition, the attached form must be completed and passed to the Committee Administrator.  The Officers will be pleased to advise, if necessary, and any request for assistance should be made, in the first instance, to the Committee Administrator whose name appears at the end of this agenda.  Ideally, such advice should be sought before the day of the meeting so that time is available to consider any uncertainty that might arise.

Minutes:

Councillor Brian A O'Flynn, declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in agenda item 3 relating to Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough, as he owned a property on Clifton Street, adjacent to the area under consideration and he was also a Trustee of Scarborough Municipal Charties.

Councillor David L Billing, declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in agenda item 3 relating to Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough, as he was a Member of the Board of Coast and Moors Voluntary Action which would be submitted a planning application which concerns part of the site.

Councillor Mrs Dilys Vine Cluer, declared a Personal interest in agenda item 3, relating to Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough, as several of the people who had commented on the consultation were known to her.

Councillor Mrs Dorothy Clegg, declared a Personal interest in agenda item 3, relating to Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough, as she was a Trustee of Scarborough Municipal Charities, the owners of Genevieve Court, Melrose Street.

Councillor Mrs Hazel E Lynskey, declared a Personal interest in agenda item 3, relating to Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough, as she was the joint owner of 70 Columbus Ravine, Scarborough.

Councillor Mrs Jane E Mortimer, declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in agenda item 3, relating to Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough, as she was a Member of the Board of Coast and Moors Voluntary Action which will be submitted a planning application which concerns part of the site.

Councillor Brian Francis Watson, declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in agenda item 4, Scarborough Borough Local Development Framework - Consultation Draft Core Strategy and Housing Allocations Development Plan and Documents, as he was the friend of one of the applicants and a small site at Newby was next to his sister's house.

Councillor Cecil E Ridley, declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in agenda item 4, Scarborough Borough Local Development Framework - Consultation Draft Core Strategy and Housing Allocations Development Plan and Documents, as he was an objector to the development of land at Field Lane, Station Road, Scalby.

 

2.

Public Question Time

Public questions of which due notice has been given and which are relevant to the business of the Committee.

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that no public questions had been received.

 

3.

Development Brief - (09/01345/DB) Former St Mary's and Dean Road Depot, Dean Road, Scarborough pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To consider a report by the Head of Regeneration and Planning (Reference 09/617) attached.

 

View Plans and Documents

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered a report by the Head of Regeneration and Planning (Reference 09/617) which considered the detailed content of the draft Dean Road Development Brief following the public consultation process.  Members were informed that late representations had been received from English Heritage which suggested the possibility of using the Listed jail building as a hotel, expressed support for the improvement and reuse of the jail and suggested that additional flexibility may be needed in the vicinity of the jail.  An analysis of the consultation responses was included in Appendix 1 of the Report and Members were advised that all comments had been assessed.  The main issue raised was the suggestion of a supermarket.  Members were informed that a developer could present a strong case for a convenience supermarket, regardless of whether this was included in the Development Brief due to the site’s proximity to the town centre and the sequential test approach in national retail policy.  The Brief was intended to help shape developers’ proposals, minimise adverse impact and maximise planning and regeneration benefit.  Submission of a full retail assessment would be required to accompany any application for retail development.   Key changes to the original draft were highlighted.  These were contained in Appendix 2 which was circulated prior to the meeting as a supplementary document showing the tracked changes.  Kwik Fit had been excluded following a specific objection and Members were informed that, as this was peripheral to the development site, this was not a fundamental issue.  The text had been amended to emphasise that the Brief was a guidance document not a formally adopted policy.  Greater emphasis had been placed on certain uses being appropriate for the site including tourist related use, small scale businesses, promoting health and community uses and incorporating an area for children’s play facilities.  It was suggested that any impact on parking could be a localised issue.  Revised layout plans were displayed at the meeting and it was emphasised that these were indicative only and that other layouts could be produced which would be equally acceptable.  Members were reminded that the Development Brief was purely for guidance to developers.  Members asked how Trafalgar Street West would be affected and this was indicated on the plan.  The road could potentially be rerouted by turning right across St Mary’s site and accessing Dean Road opposite Wrea Lane.  Members asked whether the traffic assessment would take account of the expected traffic increase resulting from The Sands project and were advised that this would be taken into account.  The Council has dual roles as land owners/developers but Members were reminded that capital receipts are not a planning consideration and maximising profit from the use of the land should not be a consideration.  Having considered the surrounding, largely residential area, Members welcomed the Development Brief which could provide much needed residential or community use.  Concerns were voiced about the inclusion of a petrol filling station as this could generate increased traffic.  They also voiced concern that the recent  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Scarborough Borough Local Development Framework - Consultation Draft Core Strategy and Housing Allocations Development Plan and Documents pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To consider a report by the Head of Regeneration and Planning (Reference 09/577) attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Head of Regeneration and Planning (Reference 09/577) which proposed the publication of a draft Core Strategy and draft ‘Preferred’ Housing Allocations which would provide interested parties with the opportunity to assess the proposed direction and content of the documents and enable informed deliberation of the contents prior to their finalisation.  The officers gave a presentation providing details of the draft Core Strategy which would replace the Local Plan.  Members were informed that the Strategy would be inspected in public, the Inspector could focus on anything and the Inspector’s report would be binding rather than recommendatory.   Challenging targets had been set for housing delivery by 2026 and work had been undertaken to identify potential development sites throughout the Borough. 

On Chapter 4, “Spatial Strategy”, it was suggested that the problem of the poor road links between the towns should be included and highlighted on the diagram and this was agreed.

On Chapter 8, “Meeting Housing Needs in the Borough”, a Member asked that population and demographic figures should be included to support the housing need.  However, this information was available in paragraphs 2.16 to 2.18 of the document.  Members were advised that the results of a sub-regional housing needs survey would be available shortly.  A phased approach would be needed to the release of housing land to ensure that the necessary infrastructure was in place. 

On Core Policy H6 “Meeting Affordable Housing Needs” it was suggested that a sentence should be inserted referring to the need to update the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document as a result of the new policy at paragraph 8.79 and this was agreed. 

On Core Policy H7, “Meeting Rural Housing Needs”, it was suggested that officers look into the policy adopted by The Yorkshire Dales National Park regarding their criteria for restricting housing allocations to people with local connections.

On Chapter 9, EC1 “Maintaining a Supply of Employment Land” it was suggested that there was a need to get rid of employment sites which were in the wrong place, i.e. where they were in conflict with residential properties.  Officers noted this point and considered that where such conflict existed it would be appropriate to enable a total change of use and a Member asked whether land at the Scarborough Business Park could be used for a wind turbine.  Officers advised that this was not a land use and proposals would be assessed under relevant policies within the Core Strategy.

On Core Policy EC2 “Enabling a Diverse Year-Round Tourism Economy” there was some discussion regarding permitting new caravan sites in rural locations.  The officers advised that applications would be considered on their merits but it was expected that these would be small, well-screened, sites which would have little impact in the countryside but they could allow diversification which could result in the survival of small rural businesses.

On Core Policy ENV1 “Sustainable Use of Resources” it was suggested that the last sentence of paragraph 5 should be amended by the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.