Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Parish Council Liaison Forum Minutes

Date:
Monday, 20th June, 2011
Time:
7.00 p.m.
Place:
Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr David Coleman (Chairman), Cllr Ross Patterson (vice Cllr Faulks), Cllr Barry Woodhouse; .Colling, J.Walker (Egglescliffe & Eaglescliffe P.C.), G.Rees (Grindon P.C.), T.Bowker (Redmarshall P.C.) J.Lithgo, J.Wills (Stillington P.C.), CC.Greenhalgh (Wolviston P.C.).
Officers:
M.Clifford, J.Palmer (DNS); N.Hart (LD).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Councillors Cook, Faulks and Laing.
Item Description Decision
Public
PCL
1/11
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN 2011 - 2015
RESOLVED that Councillor Coleman be appointed Chairman of the Parish Council Liaison Forum for the period 2011-2015.
PCL
2/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
PCL
3/11
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 21ST MARCH 2011
 
PCL
4/11
CORE STRATEGY PRESENTATION
RESOLVED that the presentation be noted.
PCL
5/11
ANY ISSUES RAISED BY PARISH AND TOWN COUNCILS
RESOLVED that the report be noted and the action identified be carried out.
PCL
6/11
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
RESOLVED that the report be noted and the action identified be carried out.
7.00pm-9.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
PCL
2/11
There were no Declarations of Interest recorded.
PCL
3/11
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 21st March 2011 were agreed as a correct record.
PCL
4/11
Matthew Clifford, Principal Planning Officer (SBC) provided the Forum with an explanation as to why the Council were due to carry out a review of its Core Strategy, last adopted in March 2010, and how Parish/Town Councils could contribute as part of the consultation process.

An exercise had been carried out to determine if the housing element of the adopted Core Strategy needed to be reviewed. The exercise has identified that the number of homes that will be built up to 2028 is about 2800 less than the number needed to address housing need and demand. Contributory reasons included the following:
- The adopted Core Strategy has a focus on the Core Area where potential housing sites, such as Tees Marshalling Yard, Chandlers Wharf and Bowesfield North, require public funding support which is being reduced.
- The Building Schools for the Future programme, which would have made some land available for housing development, has been cancelled.
- There is no longer certainty that a new hospital will be built at Wynyard which would have led to some land at the University of North Tees Hospital site becoming available for housing.


For these reasons, it was considered that the strategy should include alternative options for the distribution of housing. The Principal Planning Officer stated that a strategy to provide for deliverable housing sites may include urban extensions, conurbation sites, and village extensions, and that a number of potential sites have been identified. Details were provided for the Forum of the sustainability features for the following potential housing sites that would be likely to have the greatest impact on rural areas:-

-North West Billingham;
-Harrowgate Lane;
-Yarm Back Lane;
-West Preston;
-Yarm sites;
-Land at Ingleby Barwick;
Wynyard sites.

Whilst the current Core Strategy made no provision for rural housing allocations, consultation would now include consideration of whether extensions of an appropriate scale and character should be considered to accommodate some additional development in:-

-All villages,
-Only the most sustainable villages,
-No village extensions.

The Core Strategy Review also discussed the future of Wynyard including Wynyard Park, which is currently identified as a key employment location. It also asks for views on the potential location of new housing development at Wynyard, the types of properties that ought to be provided and how links between the northern and southern areas of Wynyard could be improved.

The Principal Planning Officer advised that the next steps to be undertaken as part of this review would be a 10 week period of public consultation from 11th July to 19th September following which, all comments received during this period would be considered and a preferred options paper published for further consultation prior to submission to the Secretary of State for Examination in Public. It was noted that the consultation plan for the Issues and options exercise was very comprehensive and wide ranging and included officers speaking to Partnership Boards, attending public venues such as libraries and the use of the Corporate Facebook and Twitter accounts to publicise the consultation. With regard to documents likely be available as part of the consultation, it was noted that the Core Strategy Review Issues and Options consultation document and associated supporting documents would be available on the Council's website and that there would be reference-only copies of the document at libraries and planning reception at Gloucester House, Church Road. Given that the document was 65 pages long and included maps, it would be too expensive for the Council to mail the document to all interested parties. However, if anyone had a particular difficulty accessing the website or a library then a copy could be made available. Each Parish Council would receive a copy of the questionnaire which accompanied the document.

The timescale for the review envisaged adoption by 2013.
PCL
5/11
A response was provided to the enquiry made by Egglescliffe & Eaglescliffe Parish Council regards difficulties experienced in retrieving local council election results following the last elections in May 2011.
PCL
6/11
Reference was made to the valuable role this Forum played in ensuring effective communication and discussion between local councils and that, given the likely changes in elected personnel as a result of the recent elections, it would be timely to provide each Parish/Town Council with a resume of the purpose of the Forum and its future meeting dates, and at the same time encourage local councils future participation.

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