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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) 27th March 2012

 

Report of the Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration

 

Traffic Impact from Planned Housing Development

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             Councillor C. J. Williams has requested a report on the above issue, with particular reference to the potential impact of traffic flow on the Cardiff-Barry Corridor given the planned housing scheme for Barry Waterfront and the Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP) proposals for housing in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Recommendation

1.             That Committee notes the content of the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             The report is for information.

Background

2.             The Deposit LDP is currently the subject of a 6 week consultation period (20th February to 2nd April) after which time the responses will be considered by the Council.  The Deposit LDP was considered by Cabinet on the 4th January 2012 and this Committee on the 17th January 2012.

3.             The two planning applications relating to the regeneration of Barry Waterfront (2009/00946/OUT and 2009/00947/OUT) were considered by Planning Committee on the 7th July 2011 when it was resolved to grant planning permission subject to conditions and a S106 Legal Agreement.  The Legal Agreement was signed and the Decision issued on the 2nd March 2012.  The following is a link to the report that was considered by Planning Committee: http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/living/planning/planning_committee.aspx

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             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 is available on the following link: http://vogonline.planning-register.co.uk/PlaRecord.aspx?AppNo=2009/00946/OUT.  This includes the Transport Assessment and the various addenda to that Assessment.

5.             Section 7 of the report to Planning Committee dealt with the issue of movement and access.  The report makes reference to the fact that highway issues do arise as a consequence of development but that there are also a number of junctions and routes that will 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, considered the works necessary to enhance the sustainability of the scheme by promoting sustainable transport and public transport.

6.             The S106 Agreement details the funding to be made available for improvements to off-site highways, which amounts to £2,618,000 (payable in installments).  In addition a sum of £835,000 was negotiated (and payable in installments) 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 development viability.

7.             Planning Policy Wales Technical Advice Note 18 (TAN18) sets out the Policy of the Welsh Government with reference to transport and planning.  This Policy document, which is available on the following 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 states that there is a need for Planning Authorities to provide a choice of a means of travel other than the private car.  In planning for housing, TAN18 states 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 goes further, by stating that in accessible locations, there should be sufficient density of development to 'fully utilise the accessibility potential' of sites.

8.             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 will form an integral part of the consideration of any future application for planning permission.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

9.             None arising out of the production of this report.  A consideration of Transport Assessments may require consultancy input at the time of the consideration of planning applications.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.        None applicable to this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11.        None applicable to this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.        None applicable to this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13.        A consideration of transport impact does reflect on the objectives of regeneration and protecting the environment.

Policy Framework and Budget

14.        This is a matter within the Policy Framework.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.        None as this is a Vale-wide issue.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

W.G. TAN18

Planning Applications 2009/00946OUT and 2009/00947/OUT.

Deposit LDP.

 

Contact Officer

Rob Thomas, Head of Planning and Transportation

 

Officers Consulted

Committee Reports

Finance, ICT and Property

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Quick, Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration

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