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ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE MAYOR, BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL OR BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE
To receive announcements (if any).
The Mayor announced that her first charity event had been successful, raising approximately £3,000 in income. The Mayor would also be participating in a charity wing walk event on 8 September.
A procedural motion that agenda items 5 (Havering Local Plan) and 6 (motions) be dealt with via a single debate was AGREED by 30 votes to 10 and it was RESOLVED:
That agenda items 5 (Havering Local Plan) and 6 (motions) be dealt with via a single debate.
NOTE: The deadline for amendments is midnight, Monday 24 July 2017.
To consider a report of Cabinet on the Havering Local Plan (attached, subject to approval by Cabinet).
Procedural motion by the Conservative Group that agenda items 5 and 6 be dealt with via a single debate CARRIED by 38 votes to 10.
Amendment by the Independent Residents’ Group NOT CARRIED by 29 votes to 16; deemed motion by the Administration AGREED without division.
A report of Cabinet, agreed by Cabinet at its meeting on 19 July, asked Council approve the proposed Submission Havering Local Plan and its annexes for publication and public consultation under Regulation 19 of the Regulations prior to submission to the Secretary of State. It was noted that an amendment to Policy 36 of the Local Plan had been agreed by Cabinet, as shown in the supplementary agenda for the meeting.
The Local Plan set out the long term strategic planning policies and objectives, opportunities for development and clear planning policies on what will or will not be permitted and where.
That the report be adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.
Amendment on behalf of the Independent Residents’ Group
As the recommendations make no provision for Council to consider any amendments to the draft plans following public consultation, this Council agrees to submit the plans for consultation as outlined in recommendation (i) of the covering report to Council, but in place of (ii) and (iii) agrees to hold an Extraordinary Council meeting immediately following the consultation to consider any amendments to the draft plan, before submitting the Havering Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration.
Following debate, the amendment by the Independent Residents’ Group was NOT CARRIED by 29 votes to 16 (see division 2) and the deemed motion was AGREED as the substantive motion, without division.
(i) That the proposed Submission Havering Local Plan (attached and subject to the amendment agreed by Cabinet as shown below) and changes to the 2008 adopted Proposals Map (Annex 2 of the report to Cabinet) and procedural and evidence documents (listed below) be approved for publication and public consultation under Regulation 19 of the Regulations prior to submission to the Secretary of State;
Amendment agreed by Cabinet:
AGREED to an amendment to The Havering Local Plan 2016 – 2031 (Proposed Submission Version) as follows:
Amendment to Policy 36 (page 117 of the Cabinet Agenda pack) – Low Carbon design, decentralised energy and renewable energy
No change to the Policy ‘headline’ but additional text (in italics) and consequential renumbering to the explanatory text.
12.8.4In line with Government requirements set out inWritten Ministerial Statement (HCWS42),a Local Plan Wind Resource technical feasibility study (2016) has been prepared. This has identified a number of potentially suitable locations for wind turbines in the borough subject to proposals satisfying planning policy requirements.These have been reflected in the Areas Suitable for Wind Energy Development designated on the Proposals Map. The Wind Resource Study identifies potential for wind turbines in the north of the borough within parts of Dagnam Park and Bedfords Park. These are Council owned parks. The Council does not intend to bring forward or support proposals for wind turbines at Dagnam Park and Bedfords Park or at any of its other parks.
12.8.5 The Study identifies what areas are potentially suitable for large, medium or small turbines. Smaller turbines would not normally be allowed on ... view the full minutes text for item 38.
Motions paper attached.
Amendment by the Conservative Group CARRIED by 29 votes to 9; amendment by Conservative Group AGREED as substantive motion, without division.
B. GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY
Amendment by Conservartive Group CARRIED by 29 votes to 10; amendment by Independent Residents’ Group NOT CARRIED by 27 votes to 8; amendment by Conservative Group AGREED as substantive motion without division.
Motion on behalf of the Independent Residents’ Group
The Coalition Administration's
promotion of the council booklet “Havering
Making a Greater London” that includes
a “Visionary” commitment to support the building of 30,000 properties in
Havering is premature and a mistake. Premature, because this
not been explicitly endorsed by Council and a mistake, because to
build that many properties would require the construction of nearly
1,700 per year, 530 more than Mayoral target of 1,170 per
Council therefore agrees it will not commit itself to any housing numbers above our present already excessive Mayoral target.
Amendment by the Conservative Group
This Council, having received expert advice from Queen’s Counsel as explained in detail in a recent briefing open to all councillors, accepts that it must follow the required procedure if it is to obtain approval of its draft Local Plan and protect the Borough from indiscriminate developments across the area lacking proper infrastructure.
It further notes that this is laid down by National Planning Policy, that one of the requirements is to meet objectively assessed housing need and that this is done both in London and elsewhere through the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SMAH). The most recent updated SHMA indicates a provisional need for 30,000 homes over 22 years up to 2033.
It further notes that the London Plan currently shows a minimum target for Havering of 11,701 new homes from 2015 to 2025. On this basis the emerging draft Local Plan would show a continuing target of 1,170 over the period of the plan which could be reviewed every 5 years in the light of any evidence of changes in need.
It further notes that the proposed Havering Local Plan will be open to extensive public consultation and any submission to the Secretary of State for public examination will be subject to the responses received through the consultation process.
Following debate, the amendment by the Conservative Group was CARRIED by 29 votes to (see division 3) and AGREED as the substantive motion without division.
This Council, having received expert advice from Queen’s Counsel as explained in detail in a recent briefing open to all councillors, accepts that it must follow the required procedure if it is ... view the full minutes text for item 39.
GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY
Motion on behalf of the United Kingdom Independence Party Group
Over many months members have had concerns about the LIP funding and how it is our money being returned but with strings attached. TFL state 'We allocate money to the London boroughs to spend on projects that support the Mayor's Transport Strategy through a Local Implementation Plan" This money is raised through the GLA precept, only part of which do we see returned and only then to be spent on things that The London Mayor wants and not what is necessarily of any benefit to the people of Havering; rarely used cycle lanes being a case in point.
Most recently the unveiling of plans to build 30,000 homes in the borough over the next 10 years to meet the London Mayors housing target, coupled with the assault on our greenbelt to bury the dead from other London boroughs highlight just how little control we currently have to set our own destiny when it comes to planning.
This has been the case since the creation of the GLA in by the Greater London Authority Act 1999 which passed through Parliament, receiving the Royal Assent in October 1999.
From that day to this Havering has had increasingly less control over its planning decisions. Which with the ever increasing demand for housing largely fuelled by continued uncontrolled mass immigration this situation is not going to get better any time soon.
This council agrees that it would be better off renegotiating our current relationship with the GLA and rather than remain under the Mayors planning authority we should become a Unitary Authority so that we can bring back control of planning and create a local plan that better fits the needs of Havering residents.
Amendment by the Conservative Group
This Council notes that, although it has repeatedly argued for greater control over how LIP funding is spent in the Borough and is concerned about London-wide or other outside control over planning policies and decisions, an Act of Parliament would be needed for the Borough to cease to be a London Borough and to become a Unitary Authority and that this would still be unlikely to give the Council ultimate control over such matters. Planning procedure in particular is governed by statute and national and regional policies. Any planning decision is subject to appeal, and if a council departs from such policies the outcomes are taken out of its hands.
The Council notes further that, even if Parliament could be persuaded to pass such an Act, there would be considerable implications including the loss of London-wide Freedom Passes and other subsidised transport schemes for our residents, the apportionment and burden of future funding of liabilities such as GLA pensions, the future of local policing and fire services and involvement in their governance and the future of the local transport and highway infrastructure which are controlled by TFL and its governance.
The Council notes further that the Council has not unveiled plans to build 30,000 homes ... view the full minutes text for item 40.
The record of voting decisions is attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes.