Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 16 JULY, 2013
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 1 JULY, 2013
C1391 WELSH GOVERNMENT REGENERATION FRAMEWORK – VIBRANT AND VIABLE PLACES (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –
Members were advised of the publication of Welsh Government Guidance for applicants to access Welsh Government targeted regeneration investment. The Guidance was attached at Appendix 1 to the report and was titled "Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration Framework".
The Welsh Government's New Regeneration Framework, "Vibrant and Viable Places" was launched at the Senedd on 11th March 2013. The new framework was the result of a review of approaches to regeneration in Wales and the consultation from October to January 2013. The framework sought intensive targeted regeneration investment in a small number of key places which would be used to support local growth in town centres, coastal communities and Communities First clusters.
In terms of progressing the Stage 1 bid, the publication of the guidance was reported to the Council's Corporate Management Team on 22nd May 2013. Subsequently, a cross Service Working Group was established and met on the 29th May. The notes of that meeting were attached as Appendix 2 to the report. In addition, a Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board Workshop was held on the 6th June 2013 and the notes of that meeting are attached as Appendix 3 to the report. This workshop followed a discussion that had been held at the previous Board meeting on the 16th May 2013, the very day that the guidance had been released by the Welsh Government.
A further Board meeting was scheduled to take place on 18th June, and this would allow discussion to be progressed. A further officer meeting was scheduled for 19th June. At the time of writing, it was also planned to report the matter to the Corporate Management Team on the 26th June and the Local Service Board meeting on the 27th June.
The report noted that as a consequence of the content of the guidance issued by Welsh Government, Barry appeared well positioned in terms of the new programme. This had been explored further in the various engagement sessions held with officers and the Board and would be fed into the Council's bid. In terms of key themes, Appendices 2 and 3 provide an insight into the areas that were likely to figure in the Council's bid. In particular, there needed to be an emphasis on the home, housing quality and the community. In this regard, the links with Welsh Housing Quality Standard and Housing Renewal work would be fundamental when submitting a bid. In the same way the Council has recently completed work on the framework for the future of the Town Centres of the Vale of Glamorgan. The role of Holton Road and High Street and Broad Street had been explored in that framework and it was likely that Town Centre interventions would also figure in the bid. Finally, the current regeneration involvement in the town focuses on the role of Barry Island and any future bid would need to consider how this work is taken forward alongside the investment already made in the Pumphouse on the Waterfront.
Due to the very tight timescale for submitting the bid, it would not be possible to report the content of the bid to Cabinet in advance of the 12th July, deadline.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be noted.
(2) T H A T delegated authority be given to the Director of Development Services in consultation with the Managing Director, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation and the Leader to submit a Stage 1 bid to Welsh Government.
(3) T H A T a copy of the report be submitted to the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for information purposes.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To note the report.
(2) To enable the Council to submit a bid under Stage 1 of the programme by 12th July 2013.
(3) To keep Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) informed of progress on this matter.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 1 JULY, 2013