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To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from County Councillor J.G. Shearer.
Minutes of the last meeting
To authorise the Chair to sign the minutes of the previous meeting of the Working Group held on 19th October, 2015 as a correct record.
The Chair was authorised to sign the minutes of the last meeting held on 19th October, 2015 as a correct record.
It was noted that the Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL] would not be developed at this stage and that its use by other authorities would be reviewed before further consideration. Section 106s would continue to be used.
Declarations of interest
To receive any declarations of interest from Members relating to items to be considered on the agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
To consider amendments to written statements:
Part 1 Intro Context Issues - Focused Changes
Part 2 Strategy Objectives - Focused Changes
Part 3 DM Policies - Focused Changes
Part 4 LB Employ Transport Policies - Focused Changes
Part 5 Housing Policies - Focused Changes
Part 6 Retail Tourism Waste - Focused Changes
Part 7 Renewable Energy - Focused Changes
Part 8 Minerals Community Facil- Focused Changes
The Working Group considered the draft focussed changes to the written statements. The Professional Lead – Planning Policy advised that the representations received at the deposit stage had been reviewed by officers and focussed changes had been made in response to these. It was noted that the Professional Lead – Planning Policy and Senior Manager Regulatory Services were in regular contact with the Welsh Government regarding the development of the LDP.
The Working Group noted the changes to the written statements and considered the following:
· Details highlighted in yellow – this information would be reviewed and updated prior to finalisation of the LDP.
· The wording of the Council’s Vision statement would be checked.
· LDP Objective 5 – Energy and Water – the target for additional installed capacity of renewable electricity generating technology outside the Strategic Search Area was noted.
· LDP employment land requirement 2011- 2026 – the proposed level of land for employment purposes was 49 hectares. The Welsh Government had questioned this level, as the past take up rate was approximately 1 hectare per annum. It was noted that the current occupancy rates for Council owned units was currently 98%. The Professional Lead – Planning Policy was aware of recent Welsh Government work regarding the accommodation needs of businesses and this would be taken into account. Further work to review the provision of employment land had been commissioned. The coverage of the Llandrindod Wells Local Growth Zone would be checked to establish if this included Builth Wells and Rhayader.
· Strategic Policies – the Welsh Government had asked that these be included. The Strategic Policy SP1 – Settlement Strategy explained what developments could be sought in small towns and how these would be managed.
· Policies for Making Planning Decisions – it was proposed that the previous version be deleted and was replaced in a different format. Every application would need to pass these policies.
o Policy DM2 – The Natural Environment – the meaning of “public amenity” in respect of trees, woodlands and hedgerows would be checked.
County Councillor W.J.T. Powell left the meeting.
o Policy DM14 – Development in Welsh Speaking Strongholds – this was a new section.
· Policy E3 – Mixed Use Employment Allocations – the Council was working with the Welsh Government to establish if it could invest its business grants capital fund in medium size business units to replace some of the large number of starter units. The Professional Lead – Planning Policy would liaise with council officers working on a potential private housing scheme in Newtown. It was noted that the land available for employment and housing in Newtown could change.
· Policy H4 – Affordable Housing Contributions – the differing target contributions were questioned. It was noted that the Welsh Government wanted contributions to affordable housing to be made where less than 5 dwelling units were proposed. Members expressed concern that this would stifle development.
· Policy R2 – Development within Town Centre Areas – the percentage levels for units retained for retail use in Primary ... view the full minutes text for item LDP59- 2015
Members' responsibilities towards Gypsy and Traveller communities under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and Equality Act 2010 - 30th November, 2015 seminar
To note the Members’ seminar which is one of 10 regional training sessions funded by the Welsh Government.
The Working Group noted that a Member’s seminar regarding Members’ responsibilities towards Gypsy and Traveller communities under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and Equality Act 2010 had been arranged for 30th November. This was one of 10 Welsh Government funded seminars being provided before the end of the year for local authorities. It was noted that relevant officers would be advised of the event.
In response to a question the Professional Lead – Planning Policy advised that letters/emails had been sent to all allocated site owners asking them to advise when they were likely to develop their sites. As the response rate to date was only 20% it was agreed that the Chair would email all local Members, as appropriate, asking for their assistance in chasing site owners for responses.