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Apologies for Absence
An apology for absence was received from Cllr Nirmal
Khabra. Cllr Baljit Hayre was his
substitute. An apology for absence was also received from Cllr
Minutes PDF 144 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 22
November 2022 were signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of
Design for Gravesham - update PDF 10 MB
The Assistant Director (Strategic
Regeneration) introduced Glyn Tully and Renzo Campisi from Levitt Bernstein, who presented the
Committee with an update on the Design for Gravesham. The presentation can be viewed via the following
(Public Pack)Design For Gravesham Update -
Supplementary Agenda Supplement for Strategic Environment Cabinet
Committee, 14/02/2023 19:30
The presentation outlined the process that
would be undertaken to provide Gravesham with a design code for
quality and sustainable regeneration for future development and
regeneration. Members were advised that
the framework created in the finished document could follow the
Council’s principles of Place, People and Progress:
- Place - Enhancing the
borough’s heritage, landscape and character, valuing the
unique character of each area of the borough.
- People – Engaging with the
community and stakeholders by holding workshop events to listen to
local stories and testimonials.
- Progress – Providing
sustainable and quality design principles for new developers and a
framework for community and place led regeneration.
The Committee were advised of the step by step
process to completion and informed the project was currently at
stage one, initial engagement. Members
were updated that an online survey would be launched very soon plus
there would be local engagement events planned in March.
The Committee were invited to ask questions
and to make comment:
- Clarity was sought regarding
timescales for the process of completion of the design
code. Members were informed that the
stage one preliminary engagement process was hoped to be completed
by 17th March 2023 before the pre-election
period. It was expected that a draft of
the design code be available in September 2023, with a six-week
consultation period to follow (as the ambition is for the design
code to be adopted as a planning document). It was hoped that the adoption of the new design
code would be towards the end of November/early December 2023
(subject to internal governance approval process).
- The Assistant Director (Strategic
Regeneration) informed Members that he had conducted Ward walks
with Members and had met with community groups and was keen to
continue to do so.
The Chair advised
Members that the Government had asked all local authorities to
develop a design code that would stand the test of time and set a
standard for future developers.
This code would give guidance of what the Planning Authority were
looking for in a development. The
design would be created with the voices of the community in mind,
in setting the framework.
- The Committee queried how transport
would be considered as part of the design code. Members were advised that transport was key and
consideration would be given to the changing modes of transport and
so there would need to be flexibility within the
document. There would also need to be
an understanding of active travel routes along with the impact of
the future Lower Thames Crossing.
Members were notified that a PTAL (Public Transport Accessibility
Levels) study could be a method used to develop a parking
Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Consultation on draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) PDF 713 KB
The Committee were presented
with the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Consultation on the draft National Planning Policy
Framework (NPPF). The presentation can be viewed via the following link
(Public Pack)Levelling-up And Regeneration Bill -
Consultation on Draft National Policy Framework - Supplementary
Agenda Supplement for Strategic Environment Cabinet Committee,
14/02/2023 19:30 (gravesham.gov.uk)
The Committee were informed that the
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)
consultation, would close on 2 March 2023 and had sought the
Council’s views with a series of questions. The Assistant Director (Planning) advised that
there would be a further and fuller update of the National Planning
Policy Framework (NPPF) once the Levelling up and Regeneration Act
was in place.
Following the presentation, the Committee were
invited to ask questions and make comment:
- The Chair queried if
the Council had received clarification on Gravesham’s housing
target. The Assistant Director
(Planning) advised that the standard method guidance specified a
starting projection of 707 homes per year.
- The Chair noted that
the elements addressed within the consultation had increased
clarity and would benefit Gravesham in controlling what developers
were permitted to carry out. Members
agreed that the National Planning Policy Framework gave Local
Authorities control over development within the
- Clarification was
sought regarding the timescale for the Planning Inspectorate to
carry out the work required, in light of
the upcoming elections. The Assistant
Director (Planning) informed the Committee that the Planning
Inspectorate had experienced issues for a while, with the number of
inspectors available to carry out Local Plan examinations, with
many retiring and recruitment issues.
The Assistant Director (Planning) alluded that a number of local authorities had stopped plan
production, as a result of the announcement, as wanted to know the
national policy context.
- The Assistant
Director (Planning) advised she was unsure how long the Government
had to consider Gravesham’s comments from the consultation as
there was a clear desire for the revised NPPF to be in place in
Spring 2023. Some of the changes
required legislative changes so that would take
time. The Assistant Director (Planning)
advised Members that when drafting a response to Government, she
would raise the concern related to capacity within the Planning
Inspectorate to deal with the proposed new plan-making system
- Concern was raised on
how the National Planning Policy Framework would impact on the work
already carried on the Local Plan. The
Assistant Director (Planning) informed members that the National
Planning Policy Framework was a material consideration for planning
decisions and for plan-making there is the need for the emerging
plan to be consistency with the NPPF and she believed that these
revisions clarified areas of uncertainty. The Committee were advised that the Local Plan was
adopted in 2014 and reviewed in 2019.
The emerging plan will be updated to reflect the revised evidence
base and the national planning policy framework in
place. The Assistant Director
(Planning) informed Members that the plan would be brought to Full
Council for approval for the pre-submission consultation stage and
this was anticipated ...
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