Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Dereham
Contact: Julie Britton
Following the resignation of William Nunn, it was agreed that Michael Wassell be appointed as Chairman of the Local Plan Working Group following his appointment as Leader of the Council.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2013.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2013 were agreed as a correct record.
Apologies (Agenda item 2)
To receive any apologies for absence.
Non Members wishing to address the meeting (Agenda item 5)
To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.
Mrs E Jolly, Mrs J North, Mr G Bambridge, Mr P Cowen, Mr P Duigan, Mr A Joel and Mr K Martin.
Report of the Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development.
The Executive Member for Assets and Strategic Development presented the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) for the 2012/2013 financial year. All local authorities were required to produce an AMR in conjunction with Section 35 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Section 34 of the Town and Country Planning Regulations (Local Planning) 2012.
The AMR sets out the progress and implementation of the policies contained within the Local Development Framework. It was recommended that the document should be placed on the Council’s website as part of the evidence base for the Local Plan
The AMR had been divided into a number of chapters:
· Housing, Employment and Regeneration
· Natural Resources
· Environment; and
The key findings were highlighted. In relation to housing, Members were informed that 329 homes had been completed in Breckland during the past financial year. This had been the lowest completions rates the District had seen over the Plan period for the Core Strategy since 2001. Of these 329 dwellings, 86 had been affordable; this equated to 26% of the total completed. It was hoped that housing numbers would increase in future.
Local Authorities were required to produce a five year Land Supply Statement. This Statement had been reported to the Planning Committee on 29 July 2013. This year’s Statement highlighted the fact that Breckland did not have a five year housing land supply and instead could only demonstrate a 2.8 year supply; however, it was anticipated that the forthcoming developments in Thetford should help facilitate the supply in the District.
In relation to employment, the majority of employment floorspace over the past financial year had increased to 28,418sqm the majority being for general and industrial uses; however, for retail there had been a slight decline in A1 floorspace.
There had been a number of new renewable schemes that had been granted planning permission in the District over the past year particularly in the form of solar farms. When installed, the applications permitted would, in total, have a capacity of 77.8MW.
The AMR also included an update on progress of documents within the Local Development Framework. During the last financial year the Council adopted the Thetford Area Action Plan (TAAP), and as such this years AMR contained guidance on how the targets within the TAAP were being met. Members were asked to note that the reviewed Local Development Scheme had been adopted in March 2013 and the performance against it would be considered in next years AMR.
Onwards from page 51 of the report contained performance of policies within the TAAP and the performance within the Site Specifics Policies and Proposals which would be updated every year.
The AMR also included an update on the Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and it highlighted whether any of these sites had been built since last year.
Referring to the vacancy levels of A1 floorspace in Dereham (see paragraph 1.8 of the report and pages 30 to 31 of the AMR), Councillor Duigan felt that the words “slightly ... view the full minutes text for item 23.
Next Meeting (Agenda item 7)
To arrange a Special meeting of the Local Plan Working Group to discuss the Attleborough Transport Studies.
The next meeting of the Local Plan Working Group would be held following the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 29th October 2013.