Agenda item

Proposed Submission Local Plan

Appendices 1 and 2 to this report are very large files.  Smaller files, which will be quicker to download, are available on the Local Plan web page: http://www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/submission

 

Minutes:

The Council considered the Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (“the draft Local Plan”) which outlined the spatial development strategy for the borough up to 2034. The draft Local Plan had set out the quantum and location of development based on an evaluation of objectively assessed need (OAN) for new homes, employment and retail space and an assessment of whether this quantum of development could be provided in a sustainable way following consideration of other policy constraints.  The conclusion reached was that appropriate sustainable sites could be allocated within the plan to meet the OAN for both housing and employment.

 

The draft Local Plan was also concerned with the protection and enhancement of our environment, the provision of appropriate infrastructure to support the planned growth of the borough and the promotion of sustainable transport.

 

The draft Local Plan contained minor corrections and suggested minor amendments as tracked changes which, if approved by the Council, would be put before the Inspector for consideration at the forthcoming Examination.

 

Subject to the Council’s approval, it was proposed to submit the plan to the Secretary of State by 15 December 2017.

 

Councillors noted that, at its special meeting held on 20 November 2017, the Executive had considered the proposed Submission Local Plan and had endorsed the recommendation in the report submitted to the Council.  A copy of the draft minutes of that special meeting was attached to the Order Paper for this Council meeting.

 

Prior to the debate on this matter, and upon the motion of The Mayor, Councillor Nigel Manning seconded by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mike Parsons, the Council

 

RESOLVED: That recorded votes would be taken in respect of both the amendment and the final vote on either the original, or substantive, motion.

 

The Leader of the Council, and Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, Councillor Paul Spooner, proposed and the Deputy Leader of the Council, and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Councillor Matt Furniss, seconded the following motion:

 

“(1) That the draft Local Plan: strategy and sites document, together with all relevant associated documentation referred to in Appendix 4 to the report submitted to the Council, be approved for submission to the Secretary of State for the purpose of proceeding to and through the Examination in Public process.

 

(2)  That the Director of Planning and Regeneration be authorised, in consultation with the Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, to make such minor alterations to improve the submission documents as she may deem necessary. 

 

Reasons:

 

·        The draft Local Plan provides a coherent approach to meeting future development needs and allocates sites to accommodate sustainable development in the borough up to 2034. The document is considered to be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

 

·        The recommendations above will enable an Inspector to test the plan in terms of its legal compliance and ‘soundness’ to enable the Council to move a step closer to adopting an up-to-date Local Plan.”

 

Following the debate on the motion, Councillor Susan Parker proposed, and Councillor David Reeve seconded, the following amendment:

 

“Substitute the following in place of the motion:

 

(1)   That the submission of the draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Examination in Public be deferred for the following reasons:

 

·        In light of the consultation responses in relation to the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), it has become clear that the current draft assessment of objectively assessed need (OAN) is considered by the population of Guildford to be more than is required to meet the reasonable foreseeable needs of the community, given the fact that 89% of the borough is Green Belt, 44% is AONB, and especially given the problems with local infrastructure and the issue of air quality.

 

·        Given that the analysis prepared for the SHMA includes an uplift for economic factors, and that the analysis was prepared before the EU Referendum, the SHMA analysis does not take into account the prospective impact of Brexit and is therefore overstated.  

 

·        Furthermore, the SHMA calculations were prepared in conjunction with those for the borough of Waverley, which were themselves found by an inspector to be questionable within an inquiry.  

 

(2)   That a small cross-party working group be established:

 

(a)   to review the SHMA in the light of the circumstances referred to in paragraph (1) above, and finalise the number for the OAN and the revised housing target number, for inclusion in the draft Local Plan,

 

(b)  to reconsider the proposed inclusion in the draft Local Plan of greenfield sites in terms of their suitability and sustainability, 

 

(c)   to consider whether the inclusion of greenfield sites should be conditional only, with their inclusion being subject to the creation of a suitable register of available brownfield sites, and where such a register provides adequate space on available sites for the revised housing target number, then greenfield and Green Belt sites would be withdrawn from the final version of the Local Plan; and

 

(d)   to suggest suitable amendments to the text of the draft Local Plan prior to further consideration by the Council.”

 

Following the debate on the amendment, it was put to a recorded vote and was lost with three councillors voting in favour, 39 against and no abstentions as follows:

 

 

 

 

For:

Against:

Abstain:

Cllr Mike Hurdle

Cllr David Bilbé

None

Cllr Susan Parker

Cllr Richard Billington

 

Cllr David Reeve

Cllr Philip Brooker

 

 

Cllr Adrian Chandler

 

 

Cllr Alexandra Chesterfield

 

 

Cllr Nils Christiansen

 

 

Cllr Geoff Davis

 

 

Cllr Graham Ellwood

 

 

Cllr David Elms

 

 

Cllr Matt Furniss

 

 

Cllr David Goodwin

 

 

Cllr Murray Grubb Jnr.

 

 

Cllr Angela Gunning

 

 

Cllr Gillian Harwood

 

 

Cllr Liz Hogger

 

 

Cllr Liz Hooper

 

 

Cllr Michael Illman

 

 

Cllr Jennifer Jordan

 

 

Cllr Nigel Kearse

 

 

Cllr Sheila Kirkland

 

 

Cllr Nigel Manning

 

 

Cllr Julia McShane

 

 

Cllr Bob McShee

 

 

Cllr Marsha Moseley

 

 

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith

 

 

Cllr Mike Parsons

 

 

Cllr Dennis Paul

 

 

Cllr Tony Phillips

 

 

Cllr Mike Piper

 

 

Cllr David Quelch

 

 

Cllr Jo Randall

 

 

Cllr Caroline Reeves

 

 

Cllr Iseult Roche

 

 

Cllr Tony Rooth

 

 

Cllr Matthew Sarti

 

 

Cllr Pauline Searle

 

 

Cllr Paul Spooner

 

 

Cllr James Walsh

 

 

Cllr Jenny Wicks

 

 

Having considered the original motion, the Council

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)   That the draft Local Plan: strategy and sites document, together with all relevant associated documentation referred to in Appendix 4 to the report submitted to the Council, be approved for submission to the Secretary of State for the purpose of proceeding to and through the Examination in Public process.

 

(2) That the Director of Planning and Regeneration be authorised, in consultation with the Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, to make such minor alterations to improve the submission documents as she may deem necessary. 

 

Reasons:

·        The draft Local Plan provides a coherent approach to meeting future development needs and allocates sites to accommodate sustainable development in the borough up to 2034. The document is considered to be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

 

·        The recommendations above will enable an Inspector to test the plan in terms of its legal compliance and ‘soundness’ to enable the Council to move a step closer to adopting an up-to-date Local Plan.

 

The result of the recorded vote on the original motion was 32 councillors in favour, with seven against, and three abstentions, as follows:

 

For:

Against:

Abstain:

Cllr David Bilbé

Cllr David Goodwin

Cllr Adrian Chandler

Cllr Richard Billington

Cllr Mike Hurdle

Cllr Sheila Kirkland

Cllr Philip Brooker

Cllr Susan Parker

Cllr Bob McShee

Cllr Alexandra Chesterfield

Cllr Tony Phillips

 

Cllr Nils Christiansen

Cllr David Reeve

 

Cllr Geoff Davis                  

Cllr Matthew Sarti

 

Cllr Graham Ellwood

Cllr Jenny Wicks

 

Cllr David Elms

 

Cllr Matt Furniss

 

Cllr Murray Grubb Jnr.

 

Cllr Angela Gunning

 

Cllr Gillian Harwood

 

Cllr Liz Hogger

 

Cllr Liz Hooper

 

Cllr Michael Illman

 

Cllr Jennifer Jordan

 

 

Cllr Nigel Kearse

 

 

Cllr Nigel Manning

 

 

Cllr Julia McShane

 

 

Cllr Marsha Moseley

 

 

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith

 

 

Cllr Mike Parsons

 

 

Cllr Dennis Paul

 

 

Cllr Mike Piper

 

 

Cllr David Quelch

 

 

Cllr Jo Randall

 

 

Cllr Caroline Reeves

 

 

Cllr Iseult Roche

 

 

Cllr Tony Rooth

 

 

Cllr Pauline Searle

 

 

Cllr Paul Spooner

 

 

Cllr James Walsh

 

 

 

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