Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Committee - Monday, 7th February, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford RM1 3BD

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Members are invited to disclose any interest in any of the items on the agenda at this point in the meeting.


Members may still disclose any interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.


There were no disclosures of interests.



To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 6 January 2022 and to authorise the Chairman to sign them.



The minutes of the meeting held on the 6 January 2022 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the chairman.



Report and appendix attached.

Additional documents:



The report brought before the Committee on 6 January 2022 sought planning permission for the erection of a part two and part three storey building to provide a new sixth form building, with associated access and parking, following demolition of the existing swimming pool. At the 6 January 2022 meeting, Members resolved to defer the application, for further details to be provided with regards to 4 key areas. Therefore the purpose of this report was to provide the Committee with responses to those questions. The responses where summarised from the report as follows:


1)    The Sixth Form Travel Plan set out a range of measures to encourage staff and students to use sustainable modes of transport to travel to and from the Sixth Form college. Travel Plan measures sought to encourage a modal shift in travel away from the private car. The Travel Plan measure sought to address 2 principle issues: students being dropped off/picked up by car and staff travelling to the college by car. No students would be permitted to drive themselves to school as a requirement of entry to the Sixth Form and various measures were set out in the report.


2)    The proposals were publicly funded by the Department for Education and as such it was mandatory that it was entirely compliant with the specification created by the Department for Education (DfE) and the school specific brief and bespoke schedule of accommodation, all documentation created by the DfE to ensure that all of their developments were designed to be compliant with their own standards. The scheme had been developed by the Design Team in close collaboration with the DfE and the developed design had been validated by both the Operator School (Harris Rainham 6th Form) and the DfE’s Technical Advisors as having met all relevant standards. With respect to the need for the Sixth Form College, the Council’s Assistant Director of the Education had further confirmed that the proposal for a new 400 place sixth form college at Harris Academy was much required as the South Area of the Borough was the only area without a sixth form in any of the secondary schools. As such the proposals would ensure that the needs of Havering pupils in this local area could be met, while helping to drive up quality & standards.


3)    Further information was provided by the applicant with respect to public transport and was considered that the proposed Sixth Form was accessed by 4 bus services with good levels of frequency during the peak periods. The predicted demand generated by the Sixth Form was expected to be accommodated within the existing capacity without impact. The overall low impact indicated that bus enhancement measures associated with this proposal were not necessary. This view was also confirmed by TfL who confirmed that the proposed development would not result in an adverse impact on the bus network.In terms of highways safety, the Council’s highways officers have confirmed that, currently, the Council were in the process of undertaking a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.