Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Guildhall, St Peter's Place, Canterbury

Contact: Maria Short  01227 862 009 Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

148.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Caffery, Spooner, Watkins and Wilson.

149.

Substitute Councillors

Minutes:

Councillor Baldock was present as substitute for Councillor Caffery.

 

Councillor M Jones-Roberts was present as substitute for Councillor Spooner.

 

Councillor Cornell was present as substitute for Councillor Wilson.

150.

Declaration of any interests

TO RECEIVE any declarations for the following in so far as they relate to the business for the meeting:-

 

a.       Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

b.       Other Significant Interests (what were previously thought of as non-pecuniary Prejudicial interests)

c.       Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests

 

Voluntary Announcements of Other Interests not required to be disclosed as DPI’s or OSI’s, ie announcements made for transparency reasons alone, such as:

         Membership of outside bodies that have made representations on agenda items, or

         Where a Councillor knows a person involved, but does not have a close association with that person, or

         Where an item would affect the well-being of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc but not his/her financial position.

 

[Note: an effect on the financial position of a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc; OR an application made by a Councillor, relative, close associate, employer, etc, would both probably constitute either an OSI or in some cases a DPI].

 

Minutes:

The following declarations were made:

 

·         The Chairman made a voluntary announcement that she was a substitute for the Planning Committee in relation to item 6.

·         Councillor I Thomas made a voluntary announcement that he was a member of the Planning Committee and the Joint Transportation Board in relation to item 6.  He also made a voluntary announcement that he was a County Councillor.

·         Councillor Harvey-Quirke made a voluntary announcement that she was a member of the Planning Committee and the Joint Transportation Board in relation to item 6.

·         Councillor Glover made a voluntary announcement that she was a member of the Planning Committee in relation to item 6.

·         Councillor M Jones-Roberts made a voluntary announcement that his wife owned property in Wincheap but would still be able to participate in the discussion on item 6.

151.

Public participation

Members of the public may speak on any item on the agenda, for a maximum of three minutes, provided that notification has been given to Democratic Services by 12.30pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Minutes:

There was one public speaker registered for the meeting that would be heard prior to the consideration of the relevant item (number 6).

152.

Minutes of the previous meetings pdf icon PDF 82 KB

TO CONFIRM as a true record the minutes of the meetings held on Thursday 28 March 2019 and Thursday 23 May 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee agreed that the minutes were a true record by general assent.

153.

Potential Local Nature Reserve at Wincheap pdf icon PDF 86 KB

TO CONSIDER the report of the Head of Transportation and Environment.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To declare the land shown on the plan in Appendix 1 as a Local Nature Reserve under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 for a minimum period of 99 years.

 

Reason for the decision: Declaring the land as a Local Nature Reserve would demonstrate that the council had no intention of developing the land in the future.  The creation of a Local Nature Reserve would also provide opportunities for further environmental improvements in the future.

Minutes:

The following member of the public spoke prior to the consideration of the item:

·         Mr Richard Norman

 

The Head of Transportation and Environment and the Environment Team Leader introduced the report which detailed the proposal to declare a portion of land as a Local Nature Reserve for a minimum period of 50 years.

 

The Committee discussed the proposal and asked questions.  The Head of Transportation and Environment and the Environment Team Leader gave points of clarification where necessary.  Points including the following were made:

1.    It was highlighted that the planning application to extend the Wincheap Park and Ride site was an allocated site within the Canterbury District Local Plan and was a separate matter to the potential Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

2.    The Canterbury Forum had discussed the potential LNR and had requested that it be extended to the full width along the riverside to the A2 and that the Wincheap Park and Ride planning application be amended to a multi-storey to accommodate their request.  Officers confirmed that the Park and Ride services are subsidised to encourage the public to use the service and therefore did not provide an income to the council. To revise the planning application to show a multi-storey car park for the Wincheap Park and Ride would therefore not be financially viable and the site allocated within the Local Plan would still be required for the extension to the Park and Ride site.

3.    A member of the Committee queried whether a 16 metre wildlife corridor, as proposed in appendix 1 of the agenda, would be effective. It was confirmed that the total area of the proposed LNR would be 5 hectares and that 8 metres was the minimum recommended width for a wildlife corridor for a riverside development, therefore a 16 metre width would be substantial and valuable to local wildlife.

4.    Concerns were raised regarding the affects of extending the Park and Ride site on a floodplain, the potential for pollution of the river and the close proximity to a potential LNR. It was confirmed that the planning application had considered many environmental matters, such as flooding and sustainable drainage, and if the LNR were to be approved the application would be revised to include the consideration of the proximity of the LNR.

5.    There were concerns that the cost of an alternative solution to the Wincheap Park and Ride extension were being treated as a higher priority than the local wildlife and riverside conservation. Officers explained that the area where the LNR could be extended to had been allocated in the Local Plan for the extension of the Wincheap Park and Ride site and that the extension to the site was essential due to the increase in housing in the Thanington area.

6.    It was queried whether the LNR would benefit the community, if there would be public or restricted access.  It was confirmed that there would be some public access, however some areas would be restricted to enable the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 153.

154.

Date of next meeting

7pm on Thursday 26 September 2019 in The Guildhall, St Peter’s Place, Canterbury, CT1 2DB.

Minutes:

7pm on Thursday 26 September 2019 in The Guildhall, St Peter’s Place, Canterbury, CT1 2DB.

155.

Any urgent business to be dealt with in public

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business to be dealt with in public.

156.

Exclusion of the press and public

TO RESOLVE – That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act or the Freedom of Information Act or both.

 

157.

Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business which fell under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both.