Agenda and draft minutes
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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Dinah Barry (Associate Cabinet Member – Enfield West), Councillor Vicki Pite (Associate Cabinet Member – Enfield North) and Councillor George Savva (Associate Cabinet Member – Enfield South East) due to their attendance at other Council meetings.
DECLARATION OF INTEREST
Members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.
NOTED, that there were no declarations of interest in respect of any items listed on the agenda.
The Chair will consider the admission of any reports (listed on the agenda but circulated late) which have not been circulated in accordance with the requirements of the Council’s Constitution and the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information and Meetings) (England) Regulations 2012.
Note: The above requirements state that agendas and reports should be circulated at least 5 clear working days in advance of meetings.
NOTED, that the reports listed on the agenda had been circulated in accordance with the requirements of the Council’s Constitution and the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information and Meetings) (England) Regulations 2012. These requirements state that agendas and reports should be circulated at least 5 clear working days in advance of meetings.
To receive a report from the Executive Director of Regeneration and Environment. (Key decision – reference number 4640)
Councillor Alan Sitkin (Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business Development) introduced the report of the Executive Director of Regeneration and Environment (No.161) seeking approval for the adoption of the Enfield Town Framework Master Plan supplementary planning guidance.
1. That the Sub-Committee in discussion sought clarification on a number of issues and explanation from officers in going forward as reflected in the minutes below.
2. Officers outlined to Members the background to the development of the Enfield Town Framework Masterplan.
(a) Bringing forward planning guidance for Enfield Town was an established commitment that had been made through the adoption of the Council’s adopted local plan (Enfield Core Strategy), and formed part of a series of area-based planning documents that the Council had brought forward across the Borough.
(b) The Framework Masterplan was to be a Supplementary Planning Document with a key focus providing guidance to supplement existing local plan policies. It did not in itself establish new development plan policies or site allocations. It did provide evidence to support Enfield’s emerging New Local Plan.
(c) Following public consultation last summer, approximately 200 responses had been received and the key themes were highlighted in the document and included:
· New growth and development versus protecting historic market town character
· Addressing new development in the context of conservation and quality design
· Managing town centre intensification and diversification
· Tensions between town centre activity and established neighbourhoods and promoting new residential
· Loss of accessible surface car parking
· Concerns over sites which promote high density development
· Need for social infrastructure to be planned in to support any growth
· Balance between promoting new retail expansion when the existing retail offer is struggling
(d) The challenges being faced by Enfield Town and town centres generally, and the value of providing a planning framework to attract and guide new investment opportunities and provide a strategy for the way forward was a primary reason for adopting this SPD.
(e) The document had undergone detailed refinement and revisions. Minor amendments could be made by the Sub-Committee however any changes of a substantive nature would require further public consultation.
3. The Sub-Committee discussed the draft Framework document in detail and Members raised a number of issues including points for further consideration or amendment as summarised below:
(a) Members noted the vision and purpose of the Plan and acknowledged the challenges that would need to be faced going forward.
(b) The Planning Policy Context (section 2.2 of the document) was highlighted with regard to seeking growth whilst retaining its historic and green market town character. Section 3.5 in relation to Public Transport, Members emphasised the need to secure greater investment to improve links and greater connectivity.
(c) With regard to the vision and objectives it was noted that different challenges and conflicts would be faced. The changing nature of the retail economy was acknowledged.
(d) Clarification was sought on the proposed phasing of “now”, “soon” and “sometime” as set out in the document.
(e) The Sub-Committee praised the document as a whole ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of the Local Plan Cabinet Sub-Committee held on 16 November 2017.
AGREED that the minutes of the previous meeting of the Local Plan Cabinet Sub-Committee held on 16 November 2017 be confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.
DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
This is the last scheduled meeting of the Sub-Committee in the current municipal year. Members of the Sub-Committee will be advised of dates for the new municipal year when the Council’s calendar of meetings 2018/19 has been agreed.
NOTED, that this was the last scheduled meeting of the Sub-Committee in the current municipal year. Members of the Sub-Committee would be advised of dates for the new municipal year when the Council’s calendar of meetings 2018/19 had been agreed.