Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

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Minutes:

Members of the Sub-Committee were invited to appoint a Chair and Vice-Chair for the remainder of the municipal year.

 

It was moved by Councillor S Hayes and seconded by Councillor S Foulkes that –

 

“Councillor S Kelly be appointed Chair of the Planning Sub-Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.”

 

It was moved by Councillor S Foulkes and seconded by Councillor S Kelly that –

 

“Councillor G Davies be appointed Vice-Chair of the Planning Sub-Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.”

 

Resolved –

 

(1)  That Councillor S Kelly be appointed Chair of the Planning Sub-Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.

 

(2)  That Councillor G Davies be appointed Vice-Chair of the Planning Sub-Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.

2.

MEMBERS' CODE OF CONDUCT - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Sub-Committee are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.

 

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Minutes:

Members of the Sub-Committee were asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests in connection with any application on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.

 

Councillor S Foulkes declared a personal interest in agenda item 4 – HMO Policy (minute 5) by virtue of being a Board Director of Magenta Living.

3.

TERMS OF REFERENCE pdf icon PDF 38 KB

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The Interim Director of Economic and Housing Growth submitted the Terms of Reference for Members’ consideration.

 

The Chair advised that the Planning Sub-Committee, in consultation with the appropriate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, would implement the Terms of Reference outlined and appropriate recommendations would be made to the Cabinet Member and the Council.

 

Members reviewed the Terms of Reference.

 

Resolved – That the Terms of Reference be noted and kept under review.

4.

WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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The Interim Director of Economic and Housing Growth submitted a proposed work programme for the remainder of the municipal year for the consideration of planning policies.

 

Members discussed the possibility of changing the date or time of the meeting scheduled to be held on 5 November 2019.

 

Resolved – That the work programme be agreed.

5.

HMO POLICY pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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Minutes:

Councillor S Foulkes declared a personal interest in this matter by virtue of being a Board Director of Magenta Living (minute 2 refers).

 

The Interim Director for Economic and Housing Growth submitted a draft Policy for Houses in Multiple Occupation.

 

The Principal Planning Officer outlined the proposed Policy and advised that it had evolved from the Unitary Development Plan; the National Planning Policy Framework and on knowledge that had arisen from previous appeal decisions.  He believed that a good standard of occupation should be achieved through the planning process.

 

Members discussed the benefits of linking different policies together, incorporating ideas from other Authorities and cross referencing with the Housing Guidance.

 

Members further discussed the possibility of including space standards within the policy rather than referring to technical guidance produced by the housing team for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).  It was believed that the Policy needed to be explicit in order to gain full weight in support of refusals made on these grounds.  Clarification was also sought in respect of what constitutes an HMO and how limits could be applied in any particular area.

 

The Principal Planning Officer advised that controls that could be implemented under other legislation should not be duplicated, however planning decisions should and could ensure that people would have safe and healthy living conditions with a high standard of amenity.

 

Resolved – That further work be carried out on the draft Policy taking into account Members’ comments and the draft Policy be brought back to the next meeting of the Planning Sub-Committee for further consideration.