Agenda and minutes
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To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Local Plan Working Group held on 10 July 2017 and 12 October 2017.
During consideration of the minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2017, clarification was sought on minute 9 regarding the inclusion of site H56 in the Local Plan site selection. The Head of Strategic Planning Officer gave clarification on the site selection for site H56, and it was:
Resolved: That the minutes of the meetings held on 10 July 2017 and 12 October 2017 be approved as a correct record and then signed by the Chair.
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It was reported that there had been 8 registrations to speak on item 4, City of York Local Plan, under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.
Mark Johnson, representing Johnson Mowatt, spoke in relation to site ST8 he raised a number of points relating to housing numbers and sustainability, site selection, and the environmental impact of car travel on from sites selected in the Local Plan.
Tim Wedgewood on behalf of Save Windmill Lane Playing Fields, spoke in relation to site H56, which he suggested failed the site selection methodology. He raised a number of points regarding Sport England objection and Regulation 18 consultation response, and requested that site H56 be removed from the Local Plan.
Eamonn Keogh spoke on be half of the York and North Yorkshire Local Chamber of Commerce and York Property Forum . He commented on key strategic issues in the Local Plan, noting that the plan made inadequate provision for the future housing needs of the city and does not include enough employment land to meet the future demands of the York economy.
Janet O’Neill from O’Neill Associates, spoke on behalf of the University of York. She spoke in relation to the proposed extension site for the University of York at Campus East (site ST27). She outlined the benefits of the proposed extension and detailed vehicular access to the site.
Martin Hawthorne, on behalf of Galtres Garden Village Development Company spoke in relation to the proposed Galtres Garden Village scheme. He gave an overview of the scheme and noted a commitment to provide 30% affordable homes, which would be offered to City of York Council.
Tim Waring from Quod, acting on behalf of Sandby (York) Ltd, and Oakgate/Caddick Group and TW Fields, spoke in support of the Langwith Garden Village to the south east of York (ST15), the Site West of Wiggington Road (ST14) and the Site East of Metcalfe Lane (ST7). He commented on the need to the need to increase the housing figure and raised a number of points in relation to site ST15 in the Local Plan, noting that sites ST7, ST14 and ST15 as included within the previous consultation document were unviable.
Robert Powell spoke in support of the inclusion of arts and culture in the Local Plan. He noted that three public meetings on arts and culture in the Local Plan had been held in the last 12 months. He noted the need to acknowledge the value of arts and culture in the plan and made reference to Policy D3. He made reference to the inclusion of arts and culture in the NPPF. He noted that it was right for the council to ask developers to include arts and culture through a cultural wellbeing statement and to consider the environment, archaeology, design and access through guidance and policy including a supplementary planning document to facilitate that process.
Chris Bailey, Chair of York@Large, a cultural partnership, also spoke in support of the inclusion of arts and culture ... view the full minutes text for item 16.
This report will:
· provide a background summary of the previous iterations of draft policies and the circumstances which led to the rationale of the Executive decision to approve the Pre-Publication Draft Local Plan for consultation;
· provide a summary of the present national policy and legislative context, including the “soundness” requirement and potential for Government intervention;
· report responses to the Autumn 2017 Pre Publication Draft Local Plan Consultation;
· provide Officers’ advice regarding appropriate responses to the Consultation outcomes; and
· seek Member approval of the next steps in the York Local Plan making process.
Members considered a report that:
i. Provided a background summary of the previous iterations of draft policies and the circumstances which led to the rationale of the Executive decision to approve the Pre-Publication Draft Local Pre publication draft Local Plan for consultation;
ii. Provided a summary of the present national policy and legislative context, including the “soundness” requirement and potential for Government intervention;
iii. Reported responses to the Autumn 2017 Pre Publication Draft Local Pre publication draft Local Plan Consultation;
iv. Provided Officers’ advice regarding appropriate responses to the Consultation outcomes; and
v. Sought Member approval of the next steps in the York Local Pre publication draft Local Plan making process.
The Assistant Director for Planning and Public Protection highlighted the next steps in the process, highlighting that following Regulation 19 consultation, Officers will report the responses to the Local Pre publication draft Local Plan Working Group (LPWG), Executive and Council, seeking approval to submit a pre publication draft Local Plan for public examination before the end of May 2018. A Full Council meeting would be held in May to determine whether the pre publication draft Local Plan is ‘Sound’ to enable for submission under Regulation 20.
The Head of Strategic Planning outlined amendments to Annex A of the Local Pre publication draft Local Plan Report. These were as follows:
Policy SS4: York Central
Suggested boundary amendment to include in the pre publication draft Local Plan following discussion with the York Central Partnership and CYC Major Projects team.
SS12: Land to the West of Wigginton Road
It will deliver approximately 1672 dwellings (amended from 1348 dwellings), approximately 1350 units (amended from 1200 units) of which will be delivered within the pre publication draft Local Plan period. This was to accord with the proposed changes outlined in the proforma following consultation and consideration of technical evidence.
SS13: Land to the West of Elvington Lane
It will deliver approximately 3,900 dwellings (amended from 3339 dwellings), around 2,400 units (amended from 2200 units) of which will be delivered within the pre publication draft Local Plan period. This was to accord with the proposed changes outlined in the proforma following consultation and consideration of technical evidence.
H10:Affordable Housing Table 5.4
· Urban Greenfield sites 5-10 dwellings = 19%(amended from 15%)
· Urban Greenfield sites 2-4 dwellings = 10%(amended from 6%)
This was because in the policy is determined by a viability assessment and confirmation had now been received via the consultants.
In response to a Member question, the Head of Strategic Planning explained the options available to Members regarding the proposed non housing and employment site related policy changes.
In response to a Member questions, the Head of Strategic Planning responded that:
· The level of risk associated with making changes was a matter of judgement and that this was quantified in the report after each of the tables.
· The amended boundaries to site SS4 reflected the outcome of discussion with the York Central Partnership and allowed the site to be seen in its wider context.