The Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure submitted a report, the prupose of which was to seek a determination on two applications submitted by residents at De Brus Park (i) for Neighbourhood Area status and (ii) to set-up the Marton-in-Cleveland Neighbourhood Forum, in order to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.
An Executive decision was required as the decision would affect both a proposed Neighbourhood Area and Forum, and an existing Neighbourhood Area and Forum. It will ultimately affect how the statutory development plan for the borough is prepared.
The report provided background information in relation to the proposed decision, detailing information relating to consideration of applications, responses required and the determination of applications- options.
The Council under the above Regulations has essentially three options it can take when determining Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications.
approve the applications, as submitted, without any modifications;
refuse the applications and designate the proposed area as part of the Marton West Neighbourhood Area. The Marton West Neighbourhood Forum would assume responsibility for preparing a neighbourhood plan covering the proposed area; and
refuse the applications and designate the proposed area as part of another, appropriate neighbourhood plan area.
In determining the applications, the Council must set out its reasons for making its decision.
Other potential decisions and why these have not been recommended
There were two other options available:
Option 1 - To approve the applications for the designating the proposed Neighbourhood Area and Forum. This was not been recommended as the proposed Neighbourhood Area would not meet the guidelines on what constitutes a Neighbourhood Area.
Option 2 - To refuse the applications and designate the proposed neighbourhood area as part of an alternative area. This was not been recommended as it was considered that there is currently no alternative area that is more appropriate that the Marton West Neighbourhood Area, particularly given the proposed area lies within Marton West Ward.
That the Executive:
refuses the request to designate the Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications, as submitted;
uses its powers of designation, under Section 61(G)(5) and (6) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, to designate the proposed area as part of the Marton West Neighbourhood Area; and
recommends that an early review is undertaken, by the Marton West Neighbourhood Forum, of the Marton West Neighbourhood Plan, in order to take account of the modified Marton West Neighbourhood Area.
The rationale for the above recommendations were that:
the proposed Neighbourhood Area would not meet the guidelines on what constitutes a Neighbourhood Area;
the proposed Neighbourhood boundary is largely defined by the Marton West Ward boundary and, as such, it is more appropriate to extend the existing designated Marton West Neighbourhood boundary to cover the proposed Neighbourhood Area;
the Forum membership would not reflect the character and diversity of the local population, by drawing people from different places in the area and different sections of the community; and
in the applicants supporting statement it is not made clear how their Neighbourhood Plan will be prepared and aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider area, and be in general conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and those strategic policies of the Councils own Development Plan.