Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary, Council
Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford

Contact: Martin Ibrahim  Tel: (01279) 502173 Email:  martin.ibrahim@eastherts.gov.uk

Note: or at the conclusion of the Executive meeting whichever is later 

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244.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements.

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Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Members and the public and reminded everyone that the meeting was being webcast.

 

He advised that he had agreed to accept onto the agenda an item of urgent business relating to Old River Lane.  This item contained exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

245.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any Members’ apologies for absence.

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been submitted on behalf of Councillors D Abbott, M Allen, G Cutting, H Drake, Mrs D Hollebon, D Oldridge, L Radford, R Standley, J Taylor and C Woodward.

246.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members' declarations of interest.

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Minutes:

In respect of Minute 251 – Old River Lane Land Assembly, Councillor T Page declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a Bishop’s Stortford Town Council Member.

247.

Executive Report - 23 October 2018

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council and to consider recommendations on the matters below:

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Minutes:

The Leader of the Council gave a verbal update on the proceedings of the Executive meeting held on 23 October 2018, in respect of the East Herts District Plan 2018.

 

RESOLVED – that the update be received.

 

(see also Minutes 248 – 249)

248.

Adoption of the East Herts District Plan 2018 pdf icon PDF 37 KB

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Minutes:

The Leader referred to the Executive meeting held earlier that evening and the recommendations arising thereon.  She commented that, once adopted, the District Plan would be at the heart of the planning system and would help to shape future growth and development in East Herts.

 

The Plan presented an ambitious vision and framework for East Herts, which the Inspector had concluded to be sound.  The holding direction issued by the Secretary of State had served to reiterate the importance of having a Plan and to be able to demonstrate a five year land supply in order to deter speculative applications.

 

The Leader thanked Officers and all partners involved in the work undertaken to lift the holding direction.  She referred to a similar direction that had prevented Stevenage Council from adopting its Plan for nearly a year.  She committed to continue to support them in their bid to lift the direction order.

 

In lifting the direction order for East Herts, the Secretary of State had confirmed the Plan as sound, positive and consistent with national planning policies.

 

The Leader referred to the importance of the masterplanning process that would be undertaken for all the strategic sites.  This would support the Plan and provide the framework to better manage development.  The adoption of the Plan would also provide certainty for residents, developers and partners.

 

The Leader acknowledged that for some residents and Members, the process had been challenging.  However, without a sound Plan, the challenges would have been far more difficult.

 

Finally, the Leader reiterated her appreciation to the Planning Policy team, including former employees who had taken their knowledge and experience elsewhere.  She also referred to the invaluable contribution of former Councillor Mike Carver, who had set the process in motion. 

 

The Leader commented that this was a sound and balanced Plan that should be adopted by Council.

 

Various Members expressed their support for the Plan and their appreciation to Officers for their hard work.  Councillor J Jones thanked the Leader for her efforts.

 

Councillor J Wyllie supported the Plan, but reiterated his previous concerns over the inclusion of the Bishop’s Stortford South site on the basis that it was not sustainable.  He hoped that the Development Management Committee and Officers would ensure that affordable housing and public transport was provided and that the necessary infrastructure was in place before residents moved in. 

 

Councillor T Stowe expressed residents’ concerns over the inclusion of the Gresley Park site as this would involve the loss of green belt in the Beane valley and increase traffic congestion.  He hoped that, if the Plan was adopted, all would be done to ensure that the Beane valley was protected from further encroachment in the future.  He also referred to the important role of the masterplanning process to mitigate development.

 

The Leader moved, and Councillor S Rutland-Barsby seconded, a motion that the recommendations now detailed, be approved.  After being put to the meeting, and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Council approved the recommendations now  ...  view the full minutes text for item 248.

249.

East Herts District Plan Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement pdf icon PDF 38 KB

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Minutes:

The Leader referred to the Executive meeting held earlier that evening and the recommendations arising thereon. 

 

She moved, and Councillor S Rutland-Barsby seconded, a motion that the recommendations now detailed, be approved.  After being put to the meeting, and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Council approved the recommendations now detailed.

 

RESOLVED – that (A) the content of the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement as set out in Essential Reference Paper ‘B’ of the report submitted, be noted; and

 

(B)       the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement be published alongside the adopted District Plan 2011-2033 in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations 2004.

 

(see also Minute 247)

250.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To move that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the discussion of item 6 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act.

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Minutes:

The Chairman moved, and Councillor D Andrews seconded, a motion that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for Minute 251 – Old River Lane Land Assembly, on the grounds that the matter contained exempt information as defined by paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.  After being put to the meeting, and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED – that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the discussion of Minute 251 on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act.

251.

Old River Lane - Land Assembly

To consider a report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

The Chief Executive submitted a report on the purchase of key sites adjacent to the Old River Lane site, in order to facilitate the delivery of the Old River Lane scheme.

 

The Chief Executive detailed the action taken under urgency procedures, as set out in Part 4c, paragraph 5 of the constitution, to purchase the site identified in the report submitted.  She also sought authority to proceed to purchase the second site identified in the report submitted.

 

Various Members commented and asked questions, to which the Chief Executive responded.

 

The Leader moved, and Councillor J Wyllie seconded, a motion that the recommendations as now detailed, be approved.  After being put to the meeting, and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

Council approved the recommendations now detailed.

 

RESOLVED – that (A) the use of the urgency procedure as set out in Part 4c, paragraph 5 of the Constitution, to purchase the site identified at Old River Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, be noted; and

 

(B)       in line with Part 4c, paragraph 4 of the Constitution, the Chief Executive and Head of Finance and Strategic Property be authorised to continue discussions with the owners of the site identified in the report submitted and proceed to purchase, subject to due diligence.