To consider a report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration informing members of the outcome of the Stage 2 public consultation and the draft masterplan that has subsequently been produced taking these comments into account and to seek a recommendation to Council to adopt the Tiverton Area B Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
The Cabinet had before it a *report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration informing members of the outcome of the Stage 2 public consultation and the draft masterplan that has subsequently been produced taking these comments into account and to seek a recommendation to Council to adopt the Tiverton Area B Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report stating that: masterplanning of proposed development at the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension was now well advanced. A masterplan for Area A had already been adopted, but did not go into detail over the area of the application to the south- east known as Area B. A further masterplan had now been produced in draft in order to guide development, and in particular provide greater clarity over the development allocated, but also the extensive green infrastructure areas.
The report dealt with the representations received from the second stage public consultation on the emerging masterplan document, the amendments to the draft document as a result and the next steps for the masterplan towards its adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document.
Public consultation had taken place over an extended period between 27th February and 23rd April 2020. Details of the consultation measures and how they needed to be adapted to take account of the COVID-19 pandemic were provided in the report.
The Area Planning Officer then provided the meeting with a presentation which highlighted the confirmed boundary of the Area B masterplan, a summary of the key elements of the plan, that of the number of units, the employment area, the formal sports area, the allotments, the country park and public open space which included children’s play areas and the principal point of access to the site. She outlined the consultation process and the consultation feedback, also the areas of concerns that had been raised and the responses to those concerns and where the plan had been amended to accommodate those concerns.
The Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration then answered questions posed in public question time: with regard to affordable housing proposed on the site, this had been established via a policy in the adopted Local Plan Review. The provision of a 5 year land supply had been tested by the Local Plan Inspector. Further, with regard to proposals for affordable housing as part of planning applications , those would be assessed against policies within the adopted Local Plan Review as all affordable housing percentages rested within the Local Plan.
Consideration was given to:
· The need for careful project management for the site following approval of the masterplan
· The need for members to have an oversight of large developments and the role of the Development Delivery Advisory Group
· The need to fulfil the commitment to becoming net zero
· The new Local Plan needed to be ambitious with regard to climate change
· The approved Statement of Community Involvement included a paragraph on publishing viability information
· The views of local residents in the area of the masterplan had been considered and acted upon
· The legacy of the Covid 19 pandemic and the need for the provision of local sports areas for local residents
It was requested that the conscientious work of the Area Planning Officer and her colleagues be recognised and recorded.
RESOLVED that: the comments received at the Stage 2 public consultation (Appendix 1) and proposed changes as a result be NOTED;
RECOMMENDED to Council that:
Proposed by Cllr R J Chesterton and seconded by Cllr C R Slade)
Reason for the decision – the approval of the masterplan for Area B of the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension as a supplementary planning document is necessary to control and guide development on this part of the development allocation in this area.
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.