Agenda and minutes

Subject Overview and Scrutiny Committee 3 - Monday, 20th February, 2023 16:00

Venue: Hybrid in the Council Chamber Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB / remotely via Microsoft Teams - Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB


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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 (including whipping declarations)



Councillors Jonathan Pratt and Neelo Farr declared personal interests as elected members of Porthcawl Town Council.



Porthcawl Regeneration pdf icon PDF 183 KB



Councillor John Spanswick - Cabinet Member Communities

Councillor Neelo Farr – Cabinet Member Regeneration


Janine Nightingale - Corporate Director – Communities

Jacob Lawrence – Principal Regeneration Officer


Ceri Evans – Director of Business Development, Awen 



The Corporate Director for Communities introduced the report, the purpose of which was to provide an overview of the Porthcawl Regeneration Programme.


The Chairperson thanked the Corporate Director for Communities and Members discussed the following:


·         Confirmation was given by local Porthcawl Members that they had been regularly informed and that they were aware of each stage of the development of Porthcawl regeneration.

·         Details and the location of the Sandy Bay area for educational use were identified on plan, whether this be for a new school or an extension of the existing.

·         Compulsory purchase orders (CPO) were only issued in extreme instances when an owner of the land cannot be found or where there is a discrepancy. The owners of the Monster Park had requested it went to a CPO and an independent valuation of the land. The value of that land would be paid to those owners and was built into the regeneration programme budget.

·         The vision for Porthcawl both as a resort and coastal town; with opportunity for employment and affordable housing.

·         The concept built into the strategic sites and in the replacement Local Development Plan (LDP) regarding access to essentials within a 20-minute brisk walk or bike ride from home to be taken into account and incorporated in developments.

·         What form of leisure facility would be put in place options being considered including possibly a seasonal summer fair and winter wonderland and within the landowner agreement Sandy Bay and Coney Beach were to be for  mixed-use development.

Local Housing need in Porthcawl, the comprehensive housing strategy prepared as a result of the LDP, the identified need for 1100 new homes within Porthcawl within the next 15 years to accommodate growth in the area, including a mixture of homes: rental, affordable homes, social housing and extra care.

·         Parking Surveys to determine the parking need in Porthcawl and the feasibility study being undertaken to replace the parking as a result of the Salt Lake Development and the car parking options.


·         Porthcawl Resort Investment Focus and Cosy Corner being the last scheme to be funded by Welsh Government and the Visit Wales monies.


·          The process and qualifying criteria for the successful application of the food retail store, with a detailed development plan being compiled and agreed by the Development Control Committee for the disposal of the site. Potential retailers were offered the opportunity to meet with Planning Officers and discuss their ideas for the site design before the site tender commenced. Of five tenders received, three did not match the design brief and were discounted, one of which was the highest bidder. The second round was best consideration, and the bid was accepted from Aldi because it passed the design bar and best consideration.


·         How the Metrolink Terminus would run effectively and how it would be maintained, bus operating times, the revenue cost of running the facility, whether any revenue income could be produced, as well as incoming revenue from the Cosy Corner retail units.


·         The proposal to provide a direct  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.


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Additional documents:


The Scrutiny Officer presented the Committee with the Forward Work Programme (FWP) in Appendix A for discussion and consideration, requested any specific information the Committee identified to be included in the items for the next two meetings, including invitees they wished to attend, requested the Committee to identify any further items for consideration on the FWP having regard to the selection criteria in paragraph 4.3, asked the Committee to note the Recommendations Monitoring Action Sheet to track responses to the Committee’s recommendations made at previous meeting in Appendix B and asked the Committee to note that the FWP and Recommendations Monitoring Action Sheet for the Committee would be reported to the next meeting of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


The Committee requested that the following items be considered for addition to the Annual Forward Programme at the next Scrutiny Planning Meeting for SOSC 3:


1.    Pedestrian safety in historical villages – active travel and safe routes.


2.    Looking at the next phase of the Levelling Up fund and putting bids forward. 


3.    Information and update on where the Directorate was with Asset and Community Asset Transfer.


4.    Electric charging points, where this is currently within the three phases and what happens after phase three is completed. Possible information report that could come under the Net Zero Strategy.


5.    Being Six months away from the introduction of the 20 mile an hour speed zones, the Committee would appreciate a general update on progress, which roads had been identified and time scales for signage.


6.    The County Strategy / Policy for mobile campervans, caravans and sites to encourage the tourism scene further and build on revenue.


The Committee requested members briefings for SOSC 3 on:

1.    Infrastructure Delivery;

2.    Waste Provision.


There were no further items identified for consideration on the FWP having regard to the selection criteria in paragraph 4.3, and this could be revisited at the next meeting.


There were no requests to include specific information in the item for the next meeting.  


RESOLVED:           That the Committee approved the FWP in Appendix

                                A, subject to the incorporation of the above

                                requests, noted the Recommendations Monitoring

                                Action Sheet in Appendix B and noted that the

                                FWP, Recommendations Monitoring Action Sheet

                                and any updates from the Committee would be reported

                                to the next meeting of COSC.    


Urgent Items

To consider any item(s) of business in respect of which notice has been given in

accordance with Part 4 (paragraph 4) of the Council Procedure Rules and which the person presiding at the meeting is of the opinion should by reason of special circumstances be transacted at the meeting as a matter of urgency.