Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 19TH JUNE, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 11TH JUNE, 2012
“C1739 DRAFT SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE (SPG) ON UPPER HOLTON ROAD – RESPONSE TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION (BIREDPT) (SCRUTINY – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
The above draft SPG had been previously approved by the former Cabinet for public consultation at its meeting held on 16th November 2011 (Minute No. C1521 refers). Following this approval, a 10 week public consultation exercise had been undertaken between 4th January 2012 and 14th March 2012, in accordance with the Council’s protocol for consultation on SPGs.
The SPG sought to establish specific design guidelines for the future development of the Upper Holton Road local centre as well as influencing the pattern of land uses within the stated area. With regard to influencing land issues, the draft SPG also responded to the recommendations of the Vale of Glamorgan Town and District Retail Centre by identifying a core retail area in which it was deemed prudent to consolidate retail activity. The consultation exercise had resulted in 21 responses which came from a range of consultees including business owners, the Town Council, a housing association and an environmental organisation. The consultation produced a mainly supportive response with some objections and a summary of all responses was detailed in Appendix A to the report.
In regard to the objections received, these related to issues involving the use of financial assistance to improve the condition of commercial properties at the above location and these had been passed on for consideration of the relevant officer dealing with a separate but related consultation exercise which had been running simultaneously. It has been acknowledged that this had created some confusion in responding to the appropriate consultation.
Having regard to the responses received, it was recommended that the text of the document be changed to include some background context of how the guidance should complement the existing regeneration works already taking place within the Castleland Ward. Additionally, it was further recommended that the text of the document be changed to more explicitly highlighting that as the area was being promoted for more residential uses, the introduction of further A3 uses were likely to be resisted. Meanwhile, the section of the SPG which discussed the Local Development Plan should also be updated to reflect the current position of the Local Development Plan process.
This matter was for Executive decision.
T H A T subject to consultation with the Council’s Planning Committee and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment):
(1) The findings of the public consultation exercise be noted and the consultation responses framed within Appendix A to the report be endorsed.
(2) The Upper Holton Road SPG as set out in Appendix B to the report be amended and approved for development control purposes.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To inform Members about the consultation responses and to ensure respondents were made aware of the Council’s response to their representation.
(2) To allow the SPG to be considered in the determination of any future planning applications.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 11th June, 2012