The Chair of the Economic Regeneration and Transport Scrutiny Panel at the time of the scrutiny review outlined the Panels findings, conclusions and recommendations following a scrutiny investigation of the Transport Element of the Local Development Framework.
The Board considered the following recommendations of the Panel based on the submitted evidence: -
1. That all planning applications for large sites should include measures to improve traffic flows and avoid congestion and, where possible, provide funding for public transport subsidies.
2. That, where appropriate, the agreed transport infrastructure is put in place prior to the development of a particular site.
3. That efforts should be made to ensure that the Tees Valley Area Action Plan (AAP) and Local Development Framework (LDF) are aligned as closely as possible. Since the AAP covers all developments across the Tees Valley it should be regularly reviewed to ensure any resultant transport infrastructure measures have a positive impact on proposed developments in Middlesbrough.
4. That the Highways Agency decision on outstanding planning permissions for south Middlesbrough is provided as soon as possible in order to accurately inform the revised AAP.
5. That further consideration should be given to the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), in consultation with neighbouring Local Authorities, to assess how it could be implemented equitably to improve transport network schemes for the mutual benefit of all Authorities.
6. That in respect of the transport infrastructure options for Middlehaven, the Scrutiny Panels view is that, finance permitting, Option Three, to include a swing bridge, would be the preferred solution. Although Option Two may be the most deliverable option in the current financial climate, this should not preclude the development of a swing bridge in the future.
In discussing the aspects covered by the scrutiny investigation Members referred to concerns which had been raised especially with regard to young persons in relation to the transport links and pedestrian access to Myplace, Middlehaven.
In terms of the larger sites for development the Board was advised that decisions were awaited from the Highways Agency regarding road infrastructure requirements in respect of major housing developments proposed for South Middlesbrough. Such information was required at the earliest opportunity so that the works required by developers under Section 106 Agreements could be clarified and agreed. It was confirmed that in the case of certain sites, the Council had put in place transport infrastructure prior to the sites being fully developed.
In terms of measures to prevent flooding specific reference was made to the steps taken as part of a sustainable drainage strategy in respect of Hemlington Grange site although Members referred to problems which had been experienced with regard to Grey Towers Park.
ORDERED that the findings and recommendations of the Economic Regeneration and Transport Scrutiny Panel be endorsed and referred to the Executive subject to a reference and additional recommendation with regard to the need to address the concerns raised regarding the transport links and pedestrian access to Myplace, Middlehaven.