(a) Apologies for Absence -
These were received from Ms. A. Duddridge,
Mr. M. Moss, Mr. M. Parry, Ms. A. Phillips, Mr. R. Simpson,
Mrs. V. Warlow and Ms. S. Tindal (CCW).
(b) The Vale of Glamorgan
Local Development Plan (LDP) -
The Chairman welcomed Ms. Turner,
Principal Planner within the Planning and Transportation Policy
Division to the meeting. Ms. Turner gave a presentation to
the LAF, addressing the principal issues of:
What is the LDP?
What are the main differences between UDPs and LDPs?
The LDP process
LDP progress to date and how to become involved in that
How and when representations would be sought
Sections within the LDP of particular relevance to the
She drew particular attention to the
requirement for increased community involvement in the preparation
of the LDP, the increased emphasis on sustainable development, the
need for policies to be evidence based, realistic and deliverable
and to the relatively new concept of tests of soundness. She
stressed that any representation against the LDP would need to
identify clearly which test(s) of soundness the objector felt had
not been met. She referred to the timetable for the
production of the LDP having slipped from that originally envisaged
but that the 6 week consultation period was anticipated in May/June
2011. A second round of consultation would follow and the
indicative timetable for the remaining stages showed
of the Plan in April 2013.
Subsequent questions included the
potential implications of the Localism Bill on the content of the
Plan, Ms. Turner commenting that, regardless of the Bill and its
relevance to Wales, Community Councils were statutory consultees
and reiterating the particular emphasis on community involvement in
the whole process which it was anticipated would identify issues of
local importance. Regard had been paid in the preparation of
the Plan to both the Council’s Walking and Cycling Strategy and
Tourism Strategy. In response to questions regarding regional
and cross border issues, Ms. Turner referred to the emphasis
within the process to collaborative working, indicating that this
Council’s progress in the process was roughly on a par with that of
Other matters briefly touched upon
included the need to ensure that the content of the LDP was
deliverable and realistic, Ms. Turner commenting that there
were extant funding streams which could be tapped into and
stressing the flexibility built into the Plan which could
accommodate such changes deemed necessary.
Following the conclusion of the question
and answer session, the Chairman thanked Ms. Turner for her
interesting presentation and informative responses.
(c) Minutes -
AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the
meeting held on 10th November, 2010 be approved as
a correct record subject to Minute Nos. (c)(ii) and (d) being
amended as indicated in the report.
The following updates were provided to
(i) The current
position relating to the LAF and CCW in light of the information
contained within the minutes concerning Ms. S.
Mr. Pittard raised the above matter, given
that LAFs were statutory bodies and that CCW had a role to play in
overseeing their work. The Secretary, in response, indicated
that Ms. Tindal had made it clear that she and CCW would
remain open to queries from LAFS despite the current limited
resources which had resulted in a restructuring of workloads.
Mr. Guy alluded to WAG proposals for a review and potential merger
of various environmental bodies (including CCW).
The Chairman agreed to raise the issue at
the next LAF Chairs meeting.
(ii) Vale of
Glamorgan Walking Festival -
Mrs. March asked whether the VOG Walking
Festival would be taking place in 2011. The Chairman stated
that he had received a reply to his letter to the Leader in respect
of financial assistance being made available for the event which
indicated that the matter had been referred to the Finance
Department. Discussion ensued as to whether that was in fact
the optimum way forward given the Festival had previously received
funding from the Events Budget. It was agreed that Mr. Guy
should look into the matter and liaise with the appropriate
The Vice-Chairman notified the LAF that he
had raised the matter of signage with the Cardiff Harbour
Authority. He had since been informed that there were plans
for signposting within Cardiff Bay and the Marina, which would
include the Penarth side of the river.
Mr. Pittard indicated that he was
uncertain as to whether the £315k. referred to in the minutes was
in fact European funding and inquired as to the position regarding
marketing in the Vale. It was agreed that Ms. Cottnam would
prepare an update report for dissemination to all Members of the
LAF with the minutes of the meeting.
Verbal update to be given at the
This was addressed and the request
referred to the Events Manager. However Valeways decided not
to progress with an application.
Report to be considered later in
(d) Synopsis taken from the Notes of the
Meeting of the Chairs of LAFs in Wales held on 12th
October, 2010 -
The Chairman referred to the matter of a
letter being sent to the WAG Minister in respect of ROWIP and CAIP
funding, indicating that it had subsequently been deemed
inappropriate to do so.
(e) Synopsis taken from the Notes of the meeting
of the NAFW held on 9th November, 2010 -
The Chairman expressed concern in relation
to the way in which the involvement of community councils was being
promoted at the NAFW. Members agreed with the Chairman that
this was a matter best dealt with by the Public Rights of Way
Officer who had in fact already taken a report on the
to the Council’s Community Liaison
Committee. Mr. Pittard then updated Members on the other
topics discussed at the NAFW.
A copy of the manifesto addressed to all
present and prospective members of the National Assembly was
appended to the report. The manifesto referred to the great
concern of the NAFW in relation to the availability of future
funding for the ROWIP and the All Wales Coastal Path and called for
funding to be maintained beyond 2012. To date, no information
as to that future funding had been received.
(f) Consultation on Level Crossings
A copy of Mr. Teague’s response to the Law
Commission in respect of the above had been circulated with the
agenda. The letter encompassed those points made by members
of the LAF and Mr. Teague was congratulated on its content.
He agreed to investigate whether any other department within the
Council had been involved in the consultation process, commenting
that the consultation period had ended some time ago and that, in
fact, the PROW Team had not been directly consulted by the Law
Highways Development unaware of
consultation. Copy and LAF response forwarded to
Orders Update and Definitive Map Modification Order Tracking
The LAF received a report in relation to
both of the above matters. In response to a query as to the
terminology used to describe the current position in respect of
Definitive Map Modification Order tracking, officers were requested
to make it clear in the report that the word “closed” related to
the file having been closed. It was suggested that “completed” be
used instead. In response to a question as to ref. 53B-007,
he confirmed that the appeal in relation to the application was
Report edited to indicate
(h) ROWIP and CAIP -
Mr. Teague updated the LAF on the contents
of his report, commenting in respect of the ROWIP that
on the survey findings was anticipated shortly and that several
alternative schemes had now been agreed with CCW to meet the
track through Leckwith Woods had yet to be completed.
Mr. Teague agreed to submit a report on
the details relating to the redevelopments at Leckwith Woods and
its environs at the next meeting. The proposal made later in the
meeting that a site visit be held at Leckwith Woods was
As regards the CAIP, Mr. Teague confirmed
that alternative options were being assessed to address the
drainage issues at Porthkerry Country Park given the prohibitive
costs of implementing the original scheme. He drew particular
attention to the substantial task of concluding the Highways Act
s.25 Creation and Dedication agreements given the various
landowners involved and the differing requirements of each.
Negotiations were still ongoing to secure future access
arrangements and the use by right of de facto paths.
Discussion also briefly touched upon the crossing point over the
River Ogmore and access issues relating to the route St. Mary
Well Bay to Sully at Lavernock.
Report to be considered later in
the meeting. Site visit held prior to the
As CAIP report
(i) Timetable of
Meetings 2010/11 -
(1) T H A T meetings continue
to be held on Wednesdays at 5.30 p.m. and that the following dates
20th April, 2011
27th July, 2011
9th November, 2011
22nd February, 2012
16th May, 2012.
(2) T H A T it be noted that
consideration would be given to amending the date of the meeting in
November, if required, to accord with the date of the meeting of
(3) T H A T consideration be
given to scheduling site visits prior to the meetings in April and
Date subsequently changed to
(j) Any Other Business -
Mr. Cubbin enquired as to why the Council
had not signed up to the above cross border £3.7m. initiative which
was designed to maximise the potential of the coastline on both
sides of the Irish Sea. Mr. Guy would look into the matter
and update Members.
(ii) Footpath No. 5,
Mrs. Stuart referred to horses straying
from the field adjacent to the Glebe Field onto the main road and
Discussion ensued on her query as to what
could be done to
prevent that situation, Mr. Teague
agreeing to pass her details onto the Estates Section if the field
in question was shown to be managed by the Council.
The Chairman drew attention to the above
body which was in the process of establishing phototrails on the
web which provided a series of walking guides in various
(iv) Walkers Are Welcome
Mrs. March notified Members that Llantwit
Major Town Council was actively pursuing Walkers are Welcome
Mr. Guy to provide a verbal update
at the meeting.