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Agenda Item No. 4

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 19th March 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

The Future of the Former St Cyres Site in Dinas Powys - Consultation Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To advise Committee of the results and conclusions of the consultation report on the future of the former St Cyres site in Dinas Powys (Appendix A).

Recommendations

2.             That Committee considers the results of the consultation and notes the findings prior to consideration of the report (Appendix A) by Cabinet on 08 April 2013.

3.             That Committee recommend Cabinet instruct officers to approach key parties identified in the conclusions of the consultation report (Appendix A) to gain a greater understanding of the viability of their plans for the site.

4.             That Committee recommend Cabinet approve a further piece of work to assess the viability of accommodating the favoured options identified in the consultation report (Appendix A) in a mixed development on the former St Cyres site in Dinas Powys.

Reasons for the Recommendations

5.             To ensure that Committee is aware of the views of local residents on this issue and of their desired outcomes for any future development of the former St Cyres School site.

6.             To ensure that the needs of local residents are catered for in the development of the site.

7.             To ensure that the views of local stakeholders obtained during the public consultation are used to inform any future plan for the development of the site.

Background

8.             A public consultation was undertaken between 12 November 2012 and 18 January 2013. The purpose of the exercise was to gain an understanding of two issues; firstly which issues Vale residents felt the Vale of Glamorgan Council should consider to be its priorities when developing a plan for the future of the former St Cyres School site in Dinas Powys and, secondly, what specifically Vale residents would like to see developed on the site.

Relevant Issues and Options

9.             The consultation received a very encouraging response. 477 Vale residents responded to the consultation, expressing a wide range of views. The responses received allow us to draw the following conclusions.

10.        Local residents would like to see a mixed development on the site. Only a very small number suggested just one use for the former St Cyres School site. This makes clear that residents generally favour a mixed development.

11.        Infrastructure concerns, particularly the strain on the road network, are a major issue for Dinas Powys residents. Any plan for development must take this into account.

12.        There is clearly demand from local residents for improved sporting facilities in the area. The results of the consultation suggest that there is significant local support for Dinas Powys Football Club.

13.        Housing is clearly an important issue to the residents of Dinas Powys. Housing was the second most popular suggestion for the site. However, a number of residents expressed concerns about the impact of a significant increase in the number of homes in the area.

14.        There is demand from local residents to see some form of communal green space provided as part of any development. This includes the provision of additional allotments.

15.        A large number of residents feel that Dinas Powys requires a new health centre and that the former St Cyres School site would be a suitable location for one to be based.

16.        The Dinas Powys Baptist Church is supported by a significant number of local residents who would like to a permanent home for the organisation feature as part of any development of the site.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

17.        Development of the site in line with the suggestions of local stakeholders would allow the authority to dispose of the site and in doing so generate a significant capital receipt.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

18.        There are a number sustainability and climate change implications arising from the contents of this report. These cut across environmental, social and economic issues.

19.        The aim of this report is to begin a process of sustainable development of this site - both environmentally and socially. There will need to be consideration of sustainable land use, transport and waste disposal as well as ongoing engagement with local stakeholders in any future plan for development.

20.        Local stakeholders must be made aware of any sustainability issues arising from and/or affecting the development of the site.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

21.        There are no legal implications arising specifically from the contents of this report. However, these issues would have to be considered alongside the views of local stakeholders when developing any plan for the site.

Crime and Disorder Implications

22.        There are no crime and disorder implications arising specifically from the contents of this report. However, these issues would have to be considered alongside the views of local stakeholders when developing any plan for the site.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

23.        The public consultation on their future of the St Cyres site was open and accessible to all Vale residents. All consultation materials were published bilingually and where ever required special measures were taken to ensure that all residents that wished to were able to respond.

Corporate/Service Objectives

24.        n/a

Policy Framework and Budget

25.        n/a

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

26.        All local members were consulted both before and during this consultation activity. The elected members for Dinas Powys have also been consulted on the contents of this report prior to its submission to Committee.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

27.        The public consultation of the future of the former St Cyres site in Dinas Powys was approved by Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) in October 2012.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Robert Jones, Corporate Consultation Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Sian Davies, Managing Director

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning & Performance

Mark Haynes, School Organisation and Buildings Manager

Beverley Noon, Operational Manager - Corporate Policy and Communications

 

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director

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