Issue - decisions
Designation of a Revised Neighbourhood Forum for Birkenhead and Tranmere
Councillor Pat Hackett introduced a report from the former Strategic Director for Regeneration and the Environment, which stated that in March 2015 the Birkenhead and Tranmere Neighbourhood Forum applied to the Council to be formally designated as a statutory neighbourhood forum for a proposed neighbourhood area based on the Electoral Ward of Birkenhead and Tranmere. Public consultation had taken place in accordance with a Delegated Decision published on 7 May 2015, to comply with national regulations.
The applications were considered by Cabinet on 27 July 2015 (minute 44 refers) and Cabinet resolved to refuse the application for the neighbourhood area as originally submitted and to designate a smaller area, to the south and east of Borough Road. Cabinet also resolved to ask the Forum to confirm whether it would still be willing to act in relation to the smaller area and to confirm if it was still able to meet the conditions for designation set out in Section 61F of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), before the Forum could be formally designated as the statutory neighbourhood planning forum for the smaller designated area.
As the Forum had now provided the necessary information, the report recommended that the Birkenhead and Tranmere Neighbourhood Forum was formally designated as the statutory neighbourhood planning forum for the Neighbourhood Area for Birkenhead and Tranmere shown in Appendix 1 to the report.
If designated, the Forum would only be endorsed as a qualifying body for the purposes of neighbourhood planning within the Neighbourhood Area designated by the Council on 27 July 2015 and not within the wider area of the operation of the Forum, which fell outside the designation.
Councillor Pat Hackett congratulated the people in the area for all their work on this and also for agreeing to compromise on a smaller neighbourhood area.
RESOLVED: That -
(1) the Birkenhead and Tranmere Neighbourhood Forum be formally designated as the statutory neighbourhood planning forum for the Neighbourhood Area of Birkenhead and Tranmere shown in Appendix 1 to the report, subject to the revised constitution attached at Appendix 3 to the report; and
(2) the designation and the supporting documents are published in accordance with Regulation 10 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.