(Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent by reason of the need to refer the Committee recommendations to Cabinet before the next meeting)
Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 28TH MARCH, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 27TH MARCH, 2012
“ TRAFFIC IMPACT FROM PLANNED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT -
Councillor C.J. Williams had requested that the above matter be considered as detailed in his request “ the Committee consider the potential impacts on traffic flow between the main arterial roads feeding into the Cogan Spur from Barry, Penarth, Sully, Dinas Powys and Llandough from the inevitable increase in vehicle movement from the 2000 dwellings at the Waterfront, Barry and the extra thousands of dwellings proposed in the Deposit Plan for the LDP planned for the aforementioned communities”.
The Head of Service advised that the Deposit LDP was currently the subject of a six week consultation following which any responses would be considered by the Council. The planning applications referred to in the request had been considered by the Planning Committee in 2011 who resolved to grant planning permission subject to conditions and a Section 106 Legal Agreement. The Legal Agreement had been signed and the decision issued on 2nd March, 2012. In terms of transport impact the planning applications for the development at Barry Waterfront were accompanied by an Environmental Statement and a Transport Assessment. The full suite of information and data submitted as part of the application and full suite of information in relation to the application could be accessed via the website link as detailed in the report. The officer referred to Section 7 of the report to Planning Committee which dealt with the issue of movement access and the report made reference to the fact that highway issues would arise as a consequence of development but that there were also a number of junctions and routes that would be affected in future years due to the natural growth of traffic.
In response to the Transport Assessment the Council in negotiating with the applicants had considered the works necessary to enhance the sustainability of the scheme but promoting sustainable transport and public transport. The Section 106 Agreement detailed the funding to be made available for improvements to off-site highways which amounted to £2,618,000 which was payable in instalments. In addition a sum of £835,000 had been negotiated to promote sustainable transport facilities. A further £993,000 for off site highway works and a further £800,000 for sustainable transport would be payable in the event of an improvement in the development viability.
The Head of Service also referred Members to Planning Policy Wales Technical Advice Note 18 (TAN18) which set out the Policy of the Welsh Government with reference to transport and planning. This Policy document, was available via the website link: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/tans/tan18/?lang=en calls for integration between land use planning and transport by, amongst other things:-
Promoting resource and travel efficient settlement patterns and
Ensuring new development is located where there is or will be good access by public transport, walking and cycling.
In the document, the Welsh Government stated that there was a need for Planning Authorities to provide a choice of a means of travel other than the private car. In planning for housing, TAN18 stated that sites should be identified where public transport services have the existing or planned capacity to absorb development, and where there is access to services by walking and cycling. TAN18 also goes further, by stating that in accessible locations, there should be sufficient density of development to 'fully utilise the accessibility potential' of sites.
In terms of assessing the transport impact of a new development, developers are requested to submit Transport Assessments to accompany planning applications for development. Thresholds of development are set within TAN18 and for housing schemes a threshold of 100 units is suggested, above which a Transport Assessment would be required. The Transport Assessment process would form an integral part of the consideration of any future application for planning permission.
The Chairman advised that he had undertaken research into the traffic impact assessment for Barry Waterfront and queried whether that traffic impact assessment was still relevant to the LDP in relation to that planning application. The Head of Service advised that the assessment would have been relevant at the time at which the application was submitted. The assessment was prepared for that particular development and for future developments further assessments would be required to be undertaken.
In response the Head of Service also advised that the Council's CSP 11 Policy that referred to the Llysworney and Cardiff to Barry Waterfront Link was no longer a strategic policy in the Deposit LDP. The Waterfront application had been determined with regard to the findings of the assessment at the time. In addition, any new development is only expected to mitigate the impact of that development.
Members referred to the concerns for the A4050 link road and to the future traffic issues that would be forthcoming, they suggested that further consideration was needed to be undertaken in relation to the transport links in general for the Vale. In view of the forthcoming developments referred to within the LDP they considered that the Council should reconsider the issue of infrastructure. The Head of Service however, advised that the issue for the LDP was to present a sound and reasoned justification for proposals which would be a matter for the Inspector to consider. Officers were unable to refer in the LDP to matters which could not be delivered and did not have the funding in place to do so.
With regard to the status of the LDP, Committee was informed that the consultation was due to end on 2nd April, the information would be collated and publicised following which details of any alternative sites would then be consulted on. Those responses again would be collated and any necessary focussed changes made accordingly. The LDP would then be referred to the Inspectorate for consideration.
In discussing the issue of consultation, Members sought clarification on whether letters could be accepted to which the Head of Service replied that this would be acceptable.
Councillor Hartrey, with permission to speak from the Committee, asked whether the Inspectors would undertake site visits to contentious sites the Head of Service advised that this had been the position with regard to the UDP but that the LDP was a different process and he expected this to be the case with the LDP.
Having fully discussed the report and the request for consideration it was
(1) T H A T the Scrutiny Committee's concerns be referred to Cabinet in respect of the amount of developments that are proposed for the future within the LDP and the delay in vital transport infrastructure required.
(2) T H A T no housing developments listed for Dinas Powys contained within the LDP be considered until the effects of the Barry Waterfront development are known.
(3) T H A T any development over 10 houses be subject to a Transport Impact Assessment.
(4) T H A T the draft Deposit LDP include an investigation relating to the development of the Barry to Cardiff Road through Dinas Powys.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) In view of the significant proposed developments likely to take place.
(2) In view of the impact of the proposed developments for Dinas Powys.
(3) That ensure appropriate TIAs are undertaken as required.
(4) In order that the matter can be investigated further.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 28th March, 2012.