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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE: 28TH JULY, 2011

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 22ND JUNE, 2011

 

 

C1355           VALE OF GLAMORGAN TOWN AND DISTRICT RETAIL CENTRE APPRAISAL: ADOPTION OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOLTON ROAD AND UPPER HOLTON ROAD, BARRY (PT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

Authority was sought to adopt the recommendations set out in the Town and District Retail Centre Appraisal as they related to the status of the Barry Major District Centre of Holton Road and the Upper Holton Road District Centre.  Within the Unitary Development Plan (UDP), Barry Town Centre was defined as a Major Town Shopping Centre and the Upper Holton Road area as an established District Centre.  Policy SHOP 1 of the UDP gave priority to maintaining and enhancing the shopping environment of District Centres.  The final appraisal report had been received in March 2009 and had already been approved as a background study into ongoing work on the Local Development Plan (LDP). 

 

Part 6 of the Vale of Glamorgan Town and District Retail Centre Appraisal (March 2009) made recommendations as to the future role of the Barry Major District Centre of Holton Road and the designation of the Centre into Primary, Secondary and Tertiary frontages.  A map illustrating the location of each of the aforementioned frontages was appended to the report.  The Upper Holton Road District Centre was considered in Section 7 of the report, a key recommendation being that the Centre should be redesignated as a local centre with it being consolidated around a retail core.  Outside of the retail core, the Council should encourage land use change to facilitate residential conversion in the area.  The recommendations relating to both areas were contained within paragraphs 6 and 7 of the report. 

 

It was noted that the above recommendations would inform the production of the Deposit LDP.  Given the timescales of the LDP preparation, however, it was considered prudent to adopt the recommendations as they related to Holton Road at the current stage as those recommendations and the wider context of the appraisal would help inform the work of the Barry Regeneration Area Board in setting priorities for those key locations.  The findings of the appraisal were also relevant in assisting the establishment of priorities for the work of the Castleland Renewal Area, no more so than in Upper Holton Road where work was already underway in surveying the land uses and building conditions which would itself seek to inform a series of actions for intervention and regeneration of the area.  It was recommended that a draft of the action plan be reported to Cabinet in the Autumn.

 

It was further noted that in recommending the adoption of the recommendations, that all interested parties, businesses, traders and organisations would have the opportunity to respond to the findings as set out in the appraisal as part of a wider consultation exercise into the Deposit LDP.  Once that consultation exercise had been undertaken, a further report would be submitted to Cabinet. 

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the recommendations of the Vale of Glamorgan Town and District Retail Centre Appraisal be adopted insofar as the recommendations related to the status of the Barry Major District Centre of Holton Road and Upper Holton Road.

 

(2)       T H A T further work be undertaken on defining the Upper Holton Road Local Centre and that an action plan be produced for Upper Holton Road and submitted to Cabinet for consideration in the Autumn.

 

(3)       T H A T the report be forwarded to the Planning Committee for information purposes.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To adopt the findings of the appraisal for the purpose of informing the work of the Barry Regeneration Area Board and the implementation of the Castleland Renewal Area as well as informing the preparation of the LDP.

 

(2)       To take forward the recommendations contained within the Town and District Retail Centre Appraisal as they relate to Upper Holton Road and to promote the regeneration of the area.

 

(3)       To keep the Planning Committee apprised on the matter.”

 

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 22nd June, 2011

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