Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure Minutes

Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 27 November 2018
Time:
11:30 a.m.
Place:
Oberhausen Room,Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor L Young
Officers:
S Blood and R Horniman
Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
18/2 JOINT AIR QUALITY UNIT EARLY MEASURES PROGRAMME APPROVAL

The Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructire and the Executive Director for Growth and Place submitted a report, the purpose of which was to approve the the Early Measures funding awarded from JAQU (Joint Air Quality Unit).

 

The report required a decision because the value of the works was over £1,813,339. There was also potential legal and financial implications linked to the works should the Council not becoming complicit with national and European legislation.

 

The report outlined that  Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) was a harmful gas to respiratory and cardiovascular health, associated with the burning of fossil fuels; particularly in Diesel vehicles. As part of EU legislation, a maximum exposure level of NO2 was set at 40Ugm. The EU had tasked member states to ensure that they do not breach this level. JAQU undertook a Pollution Climate Mapping (PCM) model, which adjudged that Middlesbrough Council was in breach of the maximum levels on 2 sections of the A66 and subsequently was required to take action to reduce this. 

 

The EU required member states that are in breach of the maximum levels to be compliant by 2020 at the latest, or face legal challenge. JAQU have tasked Middlesbrough Council, along with 23 other areas in England to make assessment of the local area to identify the scale of the problem on a micro scale.

 

Consultants, Arup were commissioned in January 2018 to undertake modelling, which is currently on-going, with a view to produce a plan to address the compliancy requirements as soon as possible, but by 2020 at the latest.

 

In January 2018, JAQU released a fund for all areas in breach to make applications to implement Early Measure initiatives; assisting in reducing the air quality issues while further modelling works were undertaken. Middlesbrough Council made an initial application to this funding pot, with a total value of £3.204m.

 

The schemes included were focussed upon improving traffic flow, promoting alternate modes of travel and influencing driver/travel behaviour. The list of schemes were outlined in the report and a map of the locations were in appendix 1.

 

Options

Other potential decisions and why these have not been recommended

 

  1. If the Council does not approve and endorse the request to commence delivering these initiatives, then the Council could be challenged legally by Central Government (DEFRA) or the EU, should it not meet its mandatory air quality targets.
  2. This may result in a potential deterioration of associated public health issues, potential legal challenge and reputational damage to the Council and surrounding the local air quality.
     

ORDERED

 

That the Executive approve the Early Measures funding awarded from JAQU (Joint Air Quality Unit)

 

REASONS

 

  1. The recommended decision would  enable the Council to progress delivering improvements in order to realise the associated air quality benefits in the shortest possible time frame.
  2. This would ensure that Middlesbrough Council is adhering to the requirements imposed by JAQU (and ultimately the EU) to comply with strict air quality legislation.
     

 

 


 

18/3 BRACKENHOE DEVELOPMENT GUIDANCE

The Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructire and the Executive Director for Growth and Place submitted a report that sought approval of the adoption of the development guidance, as an informal planning document, in order for the guidance to become a material consideration in any future residential planning proposals for the site.

 

The report requires a decision because In accordance with the Council’s Housing Local Plan Policy H20 - Prissick, a draft development guidance document had been prepared for the redevelopment of land at Brackenhoe. On 30th August 2018, the Executive Member for Economic Development & Infrastructure approved the draft development guidance for public consultation. In order to formally adopt the development guidance as an informal planning document, the decision to adopt it following the consultation period must also be considered by the Executive Member.

 

The draft guidance provided guidelines on the key layout principles, types of housing, landscaping and the quality of development that the Council will be seeking in the development of the Brackenhoe site. It was key to the Council’s place making agenda and the creation of a quality living environment that will leave a lasting legacy. Development at Brackenhoe will contribute to this agenda through the creation of a modern, predominatly three and four bedroomed, residential scheme that is focused upon a blue gateway and a strong spine road defining the character of the area. It will complement the Council’s housing delivery programme.

 

Brackenhoe had been mostly allocated in the Housing Local Plan for residential use. The emerging Local Plan includes the extended site, allocated for 350 housing units. It is located off Ladgate Lane (B1380) and situated at the northern end of Middlesbrough Sports Village. The site totals 11.82 hectares (gross); 5.67 hectares of which is Council owned and 6.15 hectares of which is owned by Middlesbrough College. Brackenhoe was currently vacant.

 

The surrounding area was a mix of residential development and open space. The site formed part of an area known locally as Prissick, which contains Middlesbrough Sports Village and a number of recently developed residential sites (e.g. Scholars Rise and Ladgate Park).

 

The draft development guidance provides guidelines on the key layout principles, types of housing and the quality of development that the Council will be seeking in the development of the site.

 

 On 30th August 2018, the Executive Member for Economic Development & Infrastructure approved the draft development guidance for public consultation, which took place between 1 - 31st August 2018.

 

The consultation process was undertaken in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement guidelines. As part of the consultation process, copies of the draft development guidance were made available for inspection at the Civic Centre. In addition, copies could also be downloaded from the Council’s website and it’s Consultation Portal, where online comments could be made.

 

The report provided full details of the commenst made, however In summary, the majority of the comments related to the detailed planning application process and would be dealt with at that stage, and therefore only one minor change, as described in paragraph 13 of the report, was proposed to the development guidance (see Appendix 1).

 

OPTIONS

Other potential decisions and why these have not been recommended

  1. The Council must prepare Local Plans and associated planning documents under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The adoption of the development guidance will provide developers with guidance on the Council’s requirements for the site.
  2. The only other option was not to approve and adopt the development guidance, however, this would put us at greater risk of receiving inappropriate planning applications, potentially hindering the sites ability to be developed in a timely manner.
     

 

ORDERED

 

That the Executive Member approve the adoption of the development guidance, as an informal planning document, in order for the guidance to become a material consideration in any future residential planning proposals for the site.

 

REASONS

 

 

  1. In accordance with the Council’s Housing Local Plan Policy H20 - Prissick, a draft development guidance document has been prepared for the redevelopment of land at Brackenhoe. The guidance has been consulted upon in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement guidelines. Following the stakeholder consultation, the majority of the comments relate to matters which will be dealt with through the detailed planning application process. As such, it is recommended that the guidance is adopted, therefore allowing it to become an informal planning document and a material consideration in any residential planning applications for the site, ensuring a high quality of development is achieved.
  2. The subject of the report has not been examined by the Overview and Scrutiny Board or by Scrutiny Panel.
     


 

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