Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Council Meeting, Council - Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019 8.30 pm

Venue: New Council Chamber - Town Hall, Reigate. View directions

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Note: Start at 20:30 hrs or on the rising of the Employment Committee training, if later. 

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20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Council meeting held on the 29 May 2019.

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RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of Council held on 29 May 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed.

21.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G. Adamson, N. Bramhall, S. Fenton, A. Horwood, E. Humphreys, F. Kelly and G. Knight.       

 

22.

Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

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None.

23.

Urgent business

To consider any urgent business.

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None.

24.

Review of the Reigate & Banstead Local Plan: Core Strategy pdf icon PDF 193 KB

The Reigate and Banstead Core Strategy was adopted in July 2014. Recent changes in planning legislation require that local plan documents such as the Core Strategy are subject to review within 5 years of their adoption. The report, which is to follow via an addendum, will set out the conclusions of a review of the adopted Core Strategy, which has been undertaken in accordance with the Planning Practice Guidance. The Council will be asked to approve the conclusions of the review.

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Councillor R. Biggs, Executive Member for Planning Policy, introduced the report as presented to Council. The report set out relevant statutory powers, background information and options. The report also set out legal, financial equalities and communication implications, risk management considerations, the position on consultation and policy framework factors.  

The Executive Member for Planning Policy highlighted that in April 2018 the Government had introduced changes to national planning regulations. It was explained these had introduced a statutory requirement for local authorities to complete a review of local plan documents, such as the Core Strategy, within five years of the date of their adoption.  

It was noted that:

-       The Reigate and Banstead Core Strategy had been adopted on 3 July 2014.

-       In accordance with requirements a thorough review of the Core Strategy had been undertaken in order to assess whether it required updating, either in full or in part. 

-       The review had looked comprehensively at each policy in turn, and had considered and assessed each of them taking into account a wide range of evidence and information.

-       The review had followed the relevant legislation, national policy requirements and national planning guidance.

Councillor Biggs explained that the review had found that each of the policies within the Core Strategy had remained in broad conformity with the latest National Planning Policy Framework and with other relevant national policies. It was highlighted that whilst there had inevitably been some changes in circumstances and national policy since the Core Strategy had been adopted, these had been carefully considered and, as set out in the report, the review had concluded that these were not considered to necessitate updating any policies within the plan.

The Executive Member for Planning Policy informed Council that the review had identified that, based on the latest evidence and monitoring data, the policies of Reigate and Banstead’s Core Strategy had been operating effectively, and were delivering positively against the requirements, objectives and indicators within the Local Plan. The following points were noted:

-       The Council’s strong record in delivering, and exceeding, the housing requirements set out in the Plan; 

-       The significant progress that had been made in bringing forward regeneration in Merstham, Preston and Redhill; and

-       The overall conclusion of the review that there was no need to modify or update any policies of the Core Strategy.

During the discussion a number of issues were considered and it was highlighted that there was cross-party support for the proposals set out in the report.

Councillor Biggs concluded by informing Council that the Reigate and Banstead Core Strategy continued to provide a robust, up to date and appropriate strategic policy framework for managing development across the borough.

RESOLVED that:

(i)            The review of the Reigate and Banstead Local Plan: Core Strategy, set out in Annex 1 to the report presented, be approved and adopted.

(ii)          The Reigate and Banstead Local Plan: Core Strategy continue to be deemed up to date for the purposes of planning decision-making across the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

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Local Development Scheme pdf icon PDF 163 KB

The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable for preparation of local plan documents. It is a statutory requirement for the Council to publish and maintain it. In view of the conclusions of the review of the Core Strategy (see agenda item 5), the Council will be asked to approve an updated Local Development Scheme to replace that adopted in February 2019.

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Councillor R. Biggs, Executive Member for Planning Policy, introduced a report which sought approval for a revised Local Development Scheme (LDS). This set out the Council’s timetable for preparing Local Plan documents. It was noted that it was a statutory requirement for the Council to publish and maintain this.

The Executive Member for Planning Policy explained that the revisions, set out in Annex 1 to the report, reflected the conclusions of a review of the Core Strategy. It was highlighted that these had been approved and adopted by Council earlier in the meeting. It was therefore unnecessary to set out a programme for preparing a new plan and hence this had been omitted from the revised LDS.

Councillor Biggs concluded by explaining that the revised LDS also updated the likely adoption date of the Development Management Plan (DMP), which was expected to occur in September 2019 due to a minor delay in the receipt of the Inspector’s Report.

RESOLVED that the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS), set out in Annex 1 to the report presented, be adopted and take immediate effect.