Agenda and draft minutes

Place Making and Innovation Executive Advisory Board
Monday, 8th April, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. View directions

Contact: Andrea Carr, Committee Officer Tel no: 01483 444058  Email: andrea.carr@guildford.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

BEI32

Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitute Members

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Nils Christiansen, David Elms, Andrew Gomm, Mike Hurdle, Jennifer Jordan and Jenny Wicks.  Councillor Tony Rooth was present as a substitute for Councillor Nils Christiansen.

BEI33

Local Code of Conduct and Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

In accordance with the local Code of Conduct, a councillor is required to disclose at the meeting any Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPI) that they may have in respect of any matter for consideration on this agenda.  Any councillor with a DPI must not participate in any discussion or vote regarding that matter and they must withdraw from the meeting immediately before consideration of the matter.

 

If that DPI has not been registered, the councillor must notify the Monitoring Officer of the details of the DPI within 28 days of the date of the meeting.

 

Councillors are further invited to disclose any non-pecuniary interest which may be relevant to any matter on this agenda, in the interests of transparency, and to confirm that it will not affect their objectivity in relation to that matter.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests.

BEI34

Minutes pdf icon PDF 313 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Executive Advisory Board meeting held on 18 February 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Executive Advisory Board held on 18 February 2019 were confirmed as a correct record, and signed by the Chairman.

BEI35

Guildford Public realm Improvement project pdf icon PDF 429 KB

Minutes:

A report updating the Executive Advisory Board on the next phase of the Guildford public realm improvement project prior to submission to the Executive for approval was introduced by the Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance.  The Project Manager presented the report and an accompanying presentation.

 

The report addressed the second phase of the improvement project to: reconnect the High Street to the town centre’s cultural and heritage quarter, enhance the town centre’s character and improve visitors’ experience within a distinctive conservation area.

 

The first phase, delivered in 2018, was the Tunsgate pedestrianisation scheme.  This utilised high quality materials to: compliment the High Street’s granite setts and heritage, introduce vehicle restrictions and provide shared level carriageway and landscaping.

 

The second phase of the project would deliver, via consultation, the following:

1.           Chapel Street enhancement of the current surface to ensure it met appropriate disability accessibility standards for all whilst continuing to reflect the town centre’s conservation heritage.

2.           Swan Lane – upgrading of the pedestrianised carriageway with materials that preserve the town centre’s conservation heritage.

3.           Castle Street – introduction of better traffic controls, signage and physical interventions to address traffic management issues and provide an improved link to the castle grounds.

4.           Upgrade existing vehicle gates and CCTV – replacement of existing vehicle barriers and introduction of new vehicle restrictions where necessary and CCTV on Chapel street.

5.           Signage – extension of the wayfinding signage to enhance the connectivity across the historic centre and to promote retailers and the cultural offering near the town centre.

 

The creation of a more pedestrian-friendly environment and reduction of vehicular dominance would assist with creating a safer place for visitors and add to the character of the town.  These improvements would ensure that the visitors’ experience was positive and that Guildford’s town centre remained a popular destination through its attractive historic public realm.

 

To deliver phase 2, a transfer of the remaining £965,000 from the provisional budget to the approved budget and the £260,000 allocated for high street protection was required.

 

The presentation covered the purpose of the improvement project; the town quarters and character areas; connecting the heritage hub; Tunsgate; the approach, materials, challenges and opportunities associated with Chapel and Castle Streets; improving town centre vehicular gates and CCTV; programme of works; costs; and tasks and next steps.

 

The EAB was advised that the Council had been approached by retailers wishing to make financial contributions to the improvements works.  The original granite setts in Chapel Street would be reused.  There were 5 million visitors to the town each year and it was felt that the improvements would be a boost to the local economy and retail success and would improve accessibility and wayfinding.  Consultees would include residents, amenity groups, access groups, businesses and statutory consultees with whom initial concept designs would be shared.  The programme aimed for completion in November 2019 to avoid disruption to Christmas trade, however, if it was felt that this could not be achieved, the work would  ...  view the full minutes text for item BEI35

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Draft Guildford Town Centre Views Study pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance introduced the draft Guildford Town Centre Views Study and covering briefing note which advised the Executive Advisory Board of the emerging views study and sought its comments regarding this draft work.  The Design and Conservation Team Leader presented the study and delivered an explanatory presentation.

 

The EAB was advised that Land Use Consultants had been appointed by the Council to produce a study in respect of Guildford town centre identifying views or viewing places that helped to promote a better understanding of Guildford, how it had developed and its relationship with the countryside beyond.  The study was also intended to promote recognition of particularly important views of local historic assets that assisted appreciation of the development of the town and demonstrated how proposals for taller buildings would impact on them.

 

Section 1 of the document set out the context and purpose of the study, Section 2 provided a commentary on the historical development of Guildford and its legacy landmark buildings, Section 3 explored the relationship between Guildford and its landscape setting, Section 4 listed historic assets, landmarks and related views, and Section 5 set out the viewpoint selection process.  The figures showed the study area, the legacy landmarks, and key views of the river corridor, town centre approaches and town centre whilst the appendices set out relevant planning policies, the historic development of Guildford from 500 AD, and special characteristics and qualities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

The study included a long list of the selected views and viewing places highlighting those 15 key views which had been scoped in following analysis to reflect their importance in retaining the character of Guildford and the factors that had made it special.  The key views in the river corridor were Dapdune Wharf looking south and Wey-South Path at Shalford Park looking north, those in the town centre approaches were Stoke Park looking south-west, Pewley Hill looking north-west, St Catherine’s Hill looking north, Hog’s Back looking north-east and Farnham Road looking east, and those in the town centre were Sydenham Road / Bright Hill looking north, High Street looking west, Quarry Street looking north, Castle Motte looking north-west, Old Town Bridge looking east, Old Town Bridge looking west, The Mount looking east and Stag Hill looking south-east.  Guidance in respect of managing change in relation to each key view was provided.  Seasonal differences to the key views were taken into account.  The document would be used as the evidence base for officers to produce a views and height supplementary planning document (SPD).

 

The following points arose from related discussion and questions:

 

·             The study was good, comprehensive and supported.

·             The SPD to follow the study would assist the Council to anticipate the impact of future development in Guildford, particularly that involving tall buildings.

·             The proposed station development was outlined on the photographs of Stag Hill, looking south-east to enable it to be visualised.  To make this clearer, it was suggested that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item BEI36

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Executive Forward plan pdf icon PDF 696 KB

Minutes:

The latest version of the Executive Forward Plan was noted.

BEI38

EAB Work Programme pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To consider and approve the EAB’s draft work programme. 

Minutes:

In noting the work programme, the Board acknowledged that it may change as a result of the forthcoming Borough Election.

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Progress with Items Previously Considered by the EAB pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Minutes:

The progress with items previously considered by the EAB was noted.