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    Report No: PP9/2001 - 05 December 2001 - Final Copy

    Cabinet
    RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DEVELOPMENT POLICY PANEL
    Report of Head of Planning Policy

    For Decision

    Purpose of Report:

    To receive the recommendations of the Development Policy Panel on the Winchester District Local Plan Review, the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's Draft Countryside Design Summary and the Government Consultation on Speeding up the Planning Process


    Recommendations:

    That the recommendations of the Development Policy Panel be agreed


    Resourcing Implications:

    There are no direct resourcing implications arising from this report


    Body of Report:

    1.0 INTRODUCTION

    1.1 The Development Policy Panel met on 14 November 2001 and made comments on three reports regarding the Winchester District Local Plan Review, the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council' s Draft Countryside Design Summary and the Government Consultation on Speeding up the Planning Process.

    1.2 Each of the three documents required a response prior to this meeting of Cabinet and therefore a holding response has been sent. Any further comments by Cabinet will be forwarded as necessary.

    2.0 WINCHESTER DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN REVIEW

    2.1 The Panel considered Report DPP10/2001 on Winchester City Council' s Local Plan Review. The Plan (First Deposit) covers the period 2001-2011. The consultation period ended on 26 November 2001.

    2.2 The Plan is accompanied by an Urban Capacity Study which states that no new greenfield allocations are needed to meet the "baseline" strategic housing requirements. Reserve sites are shown to the West of Waterlooville and to the North of Winchester as extensions to the MDAs (Major Development Areas). The reserve sites are identified as an area of search rather than being defined with a site specific boundary.

    2.3 The Panel recommended that the following comments be sent to Winchester City Council. East Hampshire District Council:

    • Supports the strategy and objectives of the Plan which follow the principles of sustainable development and place the emphasis on a design led approach

    • Welcomes the findings of the Urban Capacity and the priority given to previously developed land but is concerned that landowners have not been approached regarding the availability of sites identified. Monitoring of sites coming forward is therefore fundamental

    • Questions whether more settlements should have settlement policy boundaries to maximise urban capacity potential rather than allowing only frontage infilling in those villages

    • Is concerned about the impact of the West of Waterlooville MDA on existing infrastructure in the southern part of East Hampshire, notably schools and the surrounding road network. The Secondary School at Horndean is already at capacity. There is a need for a clear policy on developers' contributions to ensure that improvements to existing infrastructure are implemented beyond the MDA where such improvements are made necessary by the development
    • Supports Option 2 for the West of Waterlooville MDA with access from the south of the area at Purbrook Heath. Would welcome an early outcome of the studies on the feasibility to secure the Purbrook Heath access

    • Objects to the fact that actual site areas for the reserve MDAs have not been identified but instead shows areas of search
    • Supports the Joint Housing Needs approach to the MDA and the possibilty of some of the dwellings being used to meeting East Hampshire' s needs
    • Is concerned that if the West of Waterlooville MDA is slow in coming forward, the reserve sites in Winchester are also MDAs. This reliance on MDAs will put pressure on other districts to release reserve sites. Smaller reserve sites should be allocated
    • Wishes to be kept informed/involved as work progresses on the West of Waterlooville MDA

    2.0 BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL' S DRAFT COUNTRYSIDE DESIGN SUMMARY

    2.1 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has published its draft Countryside Design Summary (CDS) for public comment. Responses were required by 30 November. Detailed design comments have been sent to meet the deadline. The Development Policy Panel considered Report DPP11/2001 which set out issues for discussion. The Panel recommended that this Council' s response should cover the following issues:

    • The document is a good example of a CDS and should be welcomed
    • The presentation is of a high quality with good use of photographs
    • The encouragement of modern designs is welcomed
    • Drawings, as used in the East Hampshire CDS, would add value to the document

    3.0 GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON NEW TARGETS FOR HANDLING PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND FOR DELEGATED DECISIONS

    3.1 On 2 November the Government announced new targets for dealing with planning applications and for increasing the amount of applications delegated to officers for decision in order to speed up the planning control process.

    3.2 The proposal is to move away from the national target of 80% of all applications being decided within 8 weeks to:

     

    • major developments (housing, commercial and industrial) - 60% in 13 weeks
    • minor developments (housing, commercial and industrial) - 65% in 8 weeks
    • all other applications - 80% in 8 weeks
    • A new target of 90% of all applications being delegated to officers is proposed.

    3.3 The new targets would apply from 1 April 2002. Currently the Council is achieving the 65% and 80% figures but is well short of the 60% in 13 weeks. Delegation is averaging about 78% which means Committee items would need to be halved.

    3.4 A subsequent consultation document proposes new minimum performance requirements of 45%, 50% and 65% respectively for the 3 targets for those authorities who did not achieve 25%, 35% and 55% in 2000/01. EHDC is included on the list of 78 authorities to whom the proposed the new minimum targets would apply. However the Council exceeded those figures last year and are well above them now.

    The Panel considered a report on these issues (DPP13/2001) and:

    • Agreed that a strongly worded letter is sent immediately to object to this Council being included on the list of poor performers

    • Welcomed the recognition that some applications require more time than others

    • Considered that the targets for minor commercial and all other applications look to be achievable

    • Considered that housing sites of 10 or more dwellings should be included in the major applications list but it is not clear if this is the case

    • Agreed that major changes would need to be made to the way the Council currently deals with major applications and to achieve the target that is not being met, in particular speeding up the signing of Section 106 Agreements by the applicant

    • Agreed that it was too prescriptive to apply a new target of 90% for delegated applications (78% is the Council' s current rate). Much depends on the type of applications received in a given period as to whether they should be delegated or not

      Contact Officer: Alistair Speirs, Principal Policy Planner 01730 234253

    Consultation:


    Background Papers:
    Reports to Development Policy Panel DPP10/2001, DPP11/2001, DPP13/2001
    Winchester District Local Plan Review
    Basingstoke and Deane Draft Countryside Design Summary
    DTLR - New Targets For Handling Planning Applications and Consultation on Best Value 2002/03


    Related Documents for this Meeting:

    Meeting Agenda

    Report - (Planning Review : 2001)
    Report - (SPORTS CENTRE MAINTENANCE RESERVE)
    Report - (Foot & Mouth Hardship Relief - Sturt Meats Ltd, Blacknest)
    Report - (EAST HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL (OFF STREET PARKING PLACES ORDER) 2001.)
    Report - (RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DEVELOPMENT POLICY PANEL)
    Report - (TOWARDS A CORPORATE ACTION PLAN (CAP) FOR EAST HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL)
    Report - (Revenue Budget 2002/03)
    Report - (Licensing of Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPVs) for use as Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles)
    Report - (PENNS PLACE - USE OF MAINTENANCE RESERVE)
    Report - (Alternate Weekly Collection for Refuse/Recycling )
    Report - (Implementing Electronic Government (IEG))
    Report - (Capital Programme Update 2001/2 to 2004/5 )