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STORM DENNIS TWIGWORTH AND INNSWORTH

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Agenda item

Member Questions properly submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rules

Meeting of Council, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 6:00 pm (Item 65.)

To receive any questions submitted under Rule of Procedure 13. Any items received will be circulated on 23 January 2018.

(Any questions must be submitted in writing to Democratic Services by, not later than, 10.00am on the working day immediately preceding the date of the meeting).

Minutes:

65.1 The following questions had been received from Councillor Graham Bocking to the Lead Member for Built Environment. The answers were given by the Lead Member for Built Environment, Councillor Elaine MacTiernan, but were taken as read without discussion.

Question:

Now that the Innsworth and Twigworth planning application appeals have been successful, primarily due to their inclusion in the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and s106 has already been discussed and CIL is due to be at a reduced rate as they are JCS sites, how does this Council plan to fund and deliver the infrastructure highlighted as required in the JCS?

Answer:

As CIL was not yet in place, the contributions from the site to infrastructure would come from s106 arrangements that had been determined as part of the appeal decision and negotiated through the subsequent detailed reserved matters applications.

The Council would continue to work with infrastructure providers and funders, such as the GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire County Council and Highways England, to progress the development of infrastructure projects as necessary.

Question:

As this housing is to be built on appeal and it is possible that we will receive no new homes bonus on either site. Will the Council be putting a contingency plan in place to enable a smooth updating of its Medium Term Financial Strategy to compensate for this?

Answer:

The government had previously discussed proposals to potentially remove the eligibility for Councils to receive New Homes Bonus payments from schemes which had been granted planning permission at appeal; however, as yet, those proposals had not been implemented. Therefore the Council would receive New Homes Bonus payments from those sites.

Question:

As these plans were opposed as unsound on flooding grounds by the Council, what contingency plans have we put in place, and what funding have we put aside, to deal with the predicted flooding in the area?

Answer:

The Council’s flood risk objections at the public inquiry were made on the basis that the outline applications had not demonstrated how the proposals would have an acceptable impact in terms of flood risk. The Council did not object to the principle of development on the sites which were, of course, included in the Joint Core Strategy. The Secretary of State accepted the advice of the Appeal Inspector who took a different view to the Council and considered that those were matters which could be dealt with by the imposition of appropriate planning conditions. Officers would work closely with the developers and the Lead Local Flood Authority to ensure that the sites would be developed in line with the aspirations contained in Policy SA1 of the Joint Core Strategy.

Innsworth and Twigworth Site specific detail question

Background and reasons to ask the questions:

There are two main problems with the Innsworth and Twigworth sites – traffic and flooding.

On the flooding issue, in the approved Minutes of Tewkesbury Borough Council on the 31/01/2017 section 95.13:

“Planning Policy Manager advised that the Innsworth and Twigworth sites were very much interlinked and the flood risk needed to be looked at as a whole through a detailed masterplan.”

In the JCS final Report 26 Oct 2017, sections 194-196, the Inspector says the lack of a masterplan is not a reason to not proceed with the JCS.

Question:

What is the current status of the masterplan for flood mitigation?

Answer:

There was no specific masterplan for flood mitigation. A masterplan, and details of flood risk management, were submitted by the developer as part of the planning applications for both the Innsworth and Twigworth sites.

In the appeal decision letters, the Secretary of State imposed conditions requiring further Site Wide Masterplan Documents for the two sites to be submitted to the Council either prior to, or alongside, the first application for approval of reserved matters on each site. In addition, the Secretary of State had imposed conditions stating that no development should commence until a detailed surface water drainage strategy for the entire site had been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Council. Officers would work closely with the developer and the Lead Local Flood Authority to ensure that the site was brought forward in an acceptable way in line with Policy SA1 of the JCS.

Question:

Who is writing the masterplan?

Answer:

The developer was responsible for producing the Site Wide Masterplan Document and detailed surface water drainage strategy required by the conditions imposed by the Secretary of State.

Question:

When will it be available for public scrutiny?

Answer:

The developer had three years in which to submit the first applications for reserved matters on each development. The Site Wide Masterplan Document had to be submitted either before, or alongside, those first reserved matters applications. The availability of those details would depend on when the developer decided to submit them to the Council.

Question:

What is the proposed total area of the raised platform?

Answer:

This would be determined during the reserved matters applications process.

Question:

What is the total capacity of all the SUDS?

Answer:

This would be determined during the reserved matters applications process and through the surface water drainage strategy required by conditions 21 and 26 respectively of the Twigworth and Innsworth appeal decisions.

Question:

Can the Council give any indication on the proposed scale of house owners’ ‘flood mitigation/management’ fee charges? And should the properties not sell, as the responsible authority, will the Council guarantee the flood mitigation management/maintenance is kept up to date?

Answer:

The scale of fee charges would be a matter between the developer/housebuilder and purchasers.

Conditions 21 and 26 respectively of the Twigworth and Innsworth appeal decisions required the developer to submit a detailed surface water drainage strategy which must provide a management and maintenance plan for the lifetime of the development. It would also include the arrangements for adoption by any public authority or statutory undertaker and any other arrangements to secure the operation of the scheme throughout its lifetime.