Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB
Contact: Mr Mark Anthony Galvin Senior Democratic Services Officer - Committees
Apologies for Absence
To receive apologies for absence from Members.
Apologies for absence were received from the following Members/Clerks to Town/Community Councils:-
Councillor B Jones
Councillor RE Young
Councillor M Clarke
Councillor N Mackay
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations of personal and prejudicial interest (if any) from Members/Officers in accordance with the provisions of the Members’ Code of Conduct adopted by Council from 1 September 2008.
To receive for approval the Minutes of 27/11/2018
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of a meeting of the Town and Community Council Forum dated 27 November 2018 be approved as a true and accurate record.
To be accompanied by a Presentation from the Head of Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government.
The Leader and Chairperson welcomed to the meeting Claire Germain, Head of Local Government Partnerships, Welsh Government (WG), in order that she could give a power point presentation on the above topic.
The presentation included the following slides:-
Commissioning a Review
Independent review set-up in 2017 to consider the future role of Community and Town Councils.
Cross-party Panel, with wider expertise/experience drawn in.
Given 12 months to:
· Explore the potential role of local government below Local Authority Councils, drawing on best practice;
· Define the most appropriate model(s)/structure(s) to deliver this role;
· Consider how these models and structures should be applied across Wales. This will include consideration of any situations in which they would not be necessary or appropriate.
Undertaking the Review
Involved extensive engagement and evidence gathering, including:
Findings and Recommendations
The Panel set out views on:
· What Community and Town Councils are;
· What Community and Town Councils do;
· How Community and Town Councils do it;
· How Community and Town Councils are held to account
Final report submitted in October 2018.
Continuing the conversation
Written statement issued on 31 November 2018, setting out Welsh Government’s policy approach:
1. Encouraging and enabling change to happen naturally;
2. Providing an element of choice about how far, and how fast, a Council decides to move;
3. Creating an environment for Councils to expand their activities where they feel they could/should
Welsh Government Areas for Action
Areas where we can, and will, take action immediately and areas that require further consideration and consultation
Clarifying the role of the sector:
Undertake a campaign to:
1. Alongside raising awareness of the benefits of establishing new Town/Community Councils, explore other models which could provide a focus for communities in urban areas;
2. Consider further the usefulness of a ‘placed base services’ distinction, the appetite for change and the pace that it could be sustained;
3. Consider consulting on the merits of retaining (dual hatted’ Councillors
Increasing democracy and participation:
The Corporate Director – Communities presented a report, the purpose of which, was to inform the Forum of the register of Candidate Sites (attached at Appendix 1) which have been received from interested parties following a call for such sites to be submitted between 14 September 2018 and 9 November 2018.
The Development Planning Team Leader advised that the Bridgend Replacement Local Development Plan (LDP) is a high level strategy which must be prepared by the Council. The LDP sets out in land-use terms all the priorities and objectives of the Corporate Plan. The future Replacement LDP will be required to express in land-use terms the wellbeing objectives and priorities of the Bridgend Public Services Board’s Wellbeing
The call for sites was advertised as was detailed in paragraph 3.2 of the report and by the closing date of 9 November 2018, 172 sites had been duly submitted and collated into a ‘Candidate Site Register’ appended to the report.
The report detailed the next steps in terms of process of this document.
The Development Planning Team Leader stressed to Members, that it is important to reiterate at this stage that the publication of any site in this Candidate Site Register does not confirm any status or suggestion that it will be taken forward for inclusion within pre-deposit proposals or the deposit LDP nor does it imply any preference of the Local Planning Authority regarding its merits. This includes any sites submitted by internal
Departments of the Council.
He also emphasised that this register is not a public consultation document but rather it is a factual compilation of the sites which have been submitted.
Paragraph 4.8 of the report gave information as to the methods by which the Development Planning Team has publicised and made the register available.
The Development Planning Team Leader advised that the cost of the Replacement LDP would be met from the Development Planning budget and carried out by Development Planning staff with expert advice and evidence procured from consultants and through collaboration with neighbouring authorities as required.
The Group Manager – Planning and Development Services confirmed that all Town and Community Councils would be visited and from time to time updated as part of the LDP process going forward.
RESOLVED: The Town and Community Council Forum noted the report and the contents of the Candidate Site Register.
The Development Planning Manager presented a report to the Development Control Committee on the draft vision and objectives, growth and spatial strategy options for the Bridgend Replacement Local Development Plan (LDP).
He explained that the 3 technical reports (attached as appendices A, B and C to the covering report) provided background information in respect of the draft vision and objectives, growth options and spatial strategy options proposed for the Replacement LDP.
It is intended that these technical reports will inform the ongoing pre-deposit engagement and participation in and also inform the preparation of the preferred strategy and subsequent stages of plan preparation:
• Technical Report 1: Draft Vision and Objectives (attached as Appendix A);
• Technical Report 2: Draft Strategic Growth Options (attached as Appendix B);
• Technical Report 3: Draft Spatial Strategy Options (attached as Appendix C).
The next sections of the report, outlined executive summaries of the above Technical Reports, and the Development Planning Manager gave a resume of the key points of each for the benefit of Members.
The Development Planning Manager then gave a power point presentation, which gave further information on this topic as follows:-
Bridgend County Borough will continue to be transformed to become a sustainable, safe, healthy and inclusive network of communities comprising strong, interdependent, connected and cohesive settlements that can offer people:
· The best start in life by providing effective learning environments to secure the best possible outcomes for learners;
· Provide opportunities to reduce social and economic inequalities;
· An improved quality of life and a healthy environment for all people living, working, visiting and relaxing in the area.
The revised LDP Vision would be delivered through 4 Strategic Objectives, ie:-
The LDP when fully established, would assist the following:-
There were three growth options that were being looked at, and these were classified as High, Medium and Low, and Officers explained that the Medium growth option was the preferred one. Some of the key points of this option were:-
• Looked at past birth, death and migration trends
• Translated into households, dwellings and jobs
Analysed a range of different scenarios to
• Underpin the Local Development Plan
Mid Growth Option; +505 dwellings, +266 jobs
• Welsh Government Projection Plus Mid-Year Estimates
• Trends from 2011/12 - 2016/17, akin to build rate
• Higher net migration flows
• Younger age profile, growth in 35-44 age category
• Job creation through skilled workforce
Recommend Mid Growth Option (for the following reasons)
• Sustainable growth levels to secure investment
• Established working households attracted
• Employers enticed by young, skilled workforce
• Secure integrated ... view the full minutes text for item 176.
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