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Councillor R Fuller, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning and Economic Development to present a report seeking endorsement of the proposed decision-making procedure for modifications to the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 and the production and agreement of supplementary documents and evidence that may normally be required as part of the Local Plan examination process.
(The report will be considered by the Cabinet at their meeting on 21st June 2018 and their recommendations reported to the meeting).
Further to Item No. 45 of the meeting of the Council held on 13th December 2017 and in conjunction with a report by the Planning Service Manager (Policy, Implementation and Strategic Development) and PowerPoint presentation (copies of which are appended in the Minute Book), the Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning and Economic Development, Councillor R Fuller, presented to Members an update on the Local Plan process. Members were reminded that the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 had been submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 29th March 2018.
The Council were acquainted with the process and dates of the examination in public commencing in July 2018 and advised that an Examiner had been appointed from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out the examination of the Local Plan to determine whether the Huntingdonshire Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements and whether it meets the tests of ‘soundness’ contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. It was noted that full details of the process, various stages and correspondence submitted were also available on the Council’s website.
It has been proposed to allow the Examiner to recommend main modifications to the submitted Plan if necessary, to enable changes to be made to ensure that the Plan complies with procedural requirements and is sound. Thereby this would ensure that any issues of concern could be recommended as main modifications, after public consultation and in consultation with the relevant delegated officers and Members, to be approved to avoid commencement of the full process again.
Arising from a question by Councillor B S Chapman on the population figures used for St Neots and suggested failure that the former parishes of Eynesbury Hardwicke and St Neots Rural had been omitted from the calculation of the figures used for submission and his perceived differences in population in the spatial planning areas as calculated by Cambridgeshire Insight compared with the figures contained in the Local Plan, Councillor Fuller confirmed his confidence that the figures used for submission were accurate and had not been amended as there had not been any evidence to suggest otherwise.
In response to a question by Councillor Mrs S A Giles on whether the number of school children had been taken into account in any calculation of figures for St Neots, Councillor Fuller confirmed that the matter had not been relevant to the report being considered to authorise modifications to the Local Plan.
Councillor N Johnson further questioned the use of the electoral roll figures quoted earlier, whereby Councillor Fuller confirmed that electoral roll figures had not been used as part of the submission but had been based upon forecast population growth. The Corporate Director (Delivery) confirmed that the population figures had previously been agreed in the Local Plan submission that was approved by Council on 13th December 2017.
In conjunction with comments made at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel (Performance and Growth) on 14th June 2018, ... view the full minutes text for item 15.
REPLACEMENT OF EXECUTIVE COUNCILLOR
In accordance with paragraph 6 of Article 7 of the Council’s Constitution, the Executive Leader to report on changes to the membership of the Cabinet.
The Executive Leader, Councillor G J Bull, announced that he had appointed Councillor Mrs M Beuttell as Executive Councillor for Operations and Regulation in place of Councillor J White.
The Council were informed that Councillor White had resigned from his Portfolio for personal reasons and Councillor Bull placed on record his gratitude and appreciation for Councillor White’s efforts, thoughts and imagination during his role as Executive Councillor. In so doing, Councillor Bull welcomed Councillor Mrs Beuttell to her new role, despite a steep learning curve as a newly elected Member, he was confident that her intelligence, energy and expertise would provide an excellent basis to take her role forward.
Councillor Bull reported that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority had approved the first stage of the St Neots Masterplan and the Steering Group set up to support the development of the Masterplan had been chaired previously by former Councillor R B Howe. Councillor Bull placed on record his appreciation of former Councillor Howe’s efforts and informed the Council that Councillor D J Wells had been appointed as Chairman of the Steering Group.
VARiATIONS TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND PANELS
Group Leaders to report on variations to the Membership of Committees and Panels if necessary.
On the recommendation of Councillor R Fuller, it was
(a) that Councillors D J Wells and J White be appointed to the membership of the Corporate Governance Committee in place of Councillors Mrs M Beuttell and J W Davies; and
(b) that Councillor Mrs M Beuttell be appointed as ex-officio member of the Licensing and Protection Committee/Licensing Committee in place of Councillor J White.
The meeting ended at 7.23pm.