Agenda and draft minutes
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Declarations of Interest
At this point, Members are asked to declare:
· any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests
· any prejudicial interests or
· any disclosable pecuniary interests
which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.
Members were invited to declare at this point in the meeting any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests, that they might have in the business on the agenda. No interests were declared.
To approve and sign the minutes of the Economy and Place Policy and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 21 December 2021.
Resolved: That the minutes of the meetings held on 25 May 2021 and 27 July 2021 be approved as a correct record, to be signed by the Chair at a later date.
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This paper provides an update on carbon reduction activity across the council over the last 12 months.
Members considered a report that provided an update on carbon reduction activity across the council over the last 12 months. The first York Climate Change Strategy (Annex A) provided the framework for collective action to realise the Council’s ambition and strategic objectives that the city would towards.
The Chair noted that the date of the meeting had been changed to include the attendance of the Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change and he recorded his frustration that the Executive Member had not sent her apologies to him. He felt that this did not help the Committee undertake its statutory duties.
The Head of Carbon Reduction explained that the council was on track to reduce our direct emissions to net zero by 2030 with good progress being made on the programme of carbon reduction activity underway. He explained that the climate change strategy was built on a robust evidence base and included the requirement to have carbon insetting and offsetting. He outlined the carbon reduction objectives noting that the climate change strategy was developed in line with the economic strategy and health and wellbeing strategy. He outlined consultation with stakeholders and the phases of consultation that had taken place as part of Our Big Conversation. He then detailed the projects undertaken as part of the carbon reduction strategy, including the new community woodland.
The Head of Carbon Reduction was asked and responded to questions as follows:
A Member asked if the council was talking to the Envirnpoment Agenvy regarding other upstream sites for tree planting to further mitigate flooding. The Head of Carbon Reduction responded that the council was looking to increase urban tree planting to increase the tree canopy to 13% across the city.
A Member asked if the if council’s direct emmissionss accounted for 4% of emiisions. The Head of Carbon Reduction noted that the council was working to reduce emmissions through partnerships.
A Member commented that god progress was being made on the hyperhubs.
A Member hightlighted that scammers were contacting residents about energy and the The Head of Carbon Reduction noted that the council was working with partners across the city to help vulnerable residents. This ibcluded working with York community energy and the council was llokuing to broaden this and could work with the scambusters team on this.
A Member noted that the Committee wanted to look at the net zero aspects of York Central. The Director for Economy Regeneration and Housing explained that the York Central outline planning permission included higher standards of sustainability than required by planning policy and inclided BREAMM excellent for commercial buildings. She added that the council’s housing would be zero carbon passivhaus. She explained that the council was in discussion with the landowners of the site regarding the passivhaus standards and the discussions regarding that had been received positively by the Chair and Chief Executive of Homes England. She added that the ambition had been articulated to the York Central Partnership.
A Member noted that there ... view the full minutes text for item 15.
The report for this item provides an update on how the Highway Authority propose to undertake the regulatory tasks for the York Central Development.
The Committee will also receive a verbal update from the Corporate Director of Place on mitigations to the climate change impacts of York Central.
Members considered a report that provided an update on the Highway Authority Regulatory Role in York Central. The York Central Development was moving into a key highway infrastructure delivery phase with the expectation that key elements of the new highway would be operational by 2024. The main highway infrastructure will be delivered by Homes England/Network Rail acting as the developer.
The York Central Highway Authority Lead explained that the York Centrl transport network should be fully complete by 2025, and as a result of a funding change the council would act as the Highways Authority as Homes England and Network Rail had responsibility for the transport infrasyructure. He outlined the role of the council as the Highways Auhtority. He explained that the main transport impacts were covered by the outline planning application and there were changes to the highway network at the site to make sure that the site was as sustainable as it could be. The Executive Member for Transport advised that the infrastructure was being led by Homes England and Network Rail with the council as the Highways Authority. The Director Economy Regeneration and Housing and the York Central Highway Authority Lead noted the additions to the spine roads.
The Director Economy Regeneration and Housing and the York Central Highway Authority Lead and Executive Member were then asked the following questions by Members:
A Member asked where the decision making regarding the spine roads (including use by buses and cycles) lay. It was explained that this was established by the outline planning permission, which the Highways Authority was involved in. As part of this, the Highways Auhtority had the ability to look at the way traffic was operating.
A Member asked about the spine road being a through route and the Executive Member for Transport explained outlined the detail of the spine road inclided in the outline planning permission.
[At this point, Cllr Pearson declared an interest as an employye of the operator of York Station].
A Member asked whether there had been any thinking on the repercussions of the integrated rail plan. The Director Economy Regeneration and Housing explained that the work on the station frontage was in progress and the connectivity with York Central was good. She added that the case for development remained. The Director Transport, Environment and Planning added that the immediate impact of the integrated rail plan was not on the development and he noted the impact of the missing detail about what investment was coming instead of HS2. The Executive Member for Tramsport added that at a meeting of the Tranport for the Noth (TfN) regarding HS2, there was wodespead concern regarding the impact on different sections of the network, and regarding York Central, the new access and station frontage would connect with York Central.
Resolved: That the update on Highway Authority Regulatory Role in York Central be noted.
Reason: In order to be kept up to date on Highway Authority Regulatory Role in York Central ... view the full minutes text for item 16.
To consider the workplan for the remainder of the municipal year.
Members considered the Work Plan for the remainder of the 2021-22 municipal year. The Democracy was asked and undertook to check the status of scrutiny task and finish groups with the statutory scrutiny officer and Monitoring Officer.
Members discussed and agreed the following agenda items for future meetings:
29 March 2022 (Forum):
To receive a verbal update on major projects including:
· Castle Gateway
· York Station frontage
26 April 2022:
1. Make It York Q3 Finance Monitor
2. Plans for net zero at York Central (Executive Member for Environment and Climate change to be invited)
3. Review Work Plan
Next Forum meeting:
Extension of Park and Ride timings
Bus Service Improvement Plan
Car Parking Update
Items for 2021/22 Municipal Year:
Bus Inprovement Plan (to include bus operators and possibly a Scrutiny commissioned slot)
Park and Ride update (possible September meeting)
Resolved: That the work plan be updated to reflect the above change.
Reason: In order to have an up to date work plan.