To consider the recommendations from the meeting(s) of the Cabinet held on 8th July 2020.
Councillor A. Kent, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services presented the Wyre Forest Statement of Common Ground, which charted the ongoing discussions between this Council and Wyre Forest District Council in respect of the review of Wyre Forest Local Plan. This Council had been engaged throughout the process under the duty to co-operate as detailed in the report in the main agenda pack. There had been a consistent theme throughout the discussions, which was this Council understanding the impact of this plan on the infrastructure of Bromsgrove District. Unfortunately, after much discussion it was the view of this Council that it was still not possible to establish what that impact was, due to the deficiencies in the evidence which Wyre Forest had been reliant on within its plan. Councillor Kent explained that the statement was therefore more a statement of what this Council disagreed on, rather than what it agreed on. On signing this document, it would be forwarding on to the Planning Inspectorate examining the Wyre Forest District Council Local Plan which was expected sometime in late Autumn. Planning Officers from this Council would represent the Council at the Examination and Councillor Kent took the opportunity to thank the Officers for a lot of work which had not been easy, and as could be seen from the report, a difficult process. Members were advised that the matter had been discussed in detail at Cabinet and Councillor S. Colella was thanked for his attendance, support and comments at that meeting.
The recommendation was proposed by Councillor Kent and seconded by Councillor G. Denaro.
The report was then debated with Councillor L. Mallett commented on the appendices attached to the report, and the interesting documents within those. There were two areas in particular which he wished to direct Members too and asked Councillor Kent, as Portfolio Holder to comment on:
· There was a historic note of a meeting with Worcestershire County Council (WCC) Highways and other bodies, which highlighted some of the highways issues and which seemed to have explained that Wyre Forest’s transport plans intrinsically linked into this Council’s development plans. An update in respect of the current position in respect of such issues as the western distributary road, which may be a key part of this Council’s own transport assessment and where the Council was in understanding the impact of the proposed growth and development of Wyre Forest on this Council Plan and development aspirations.
· Councillor Mallett made reference to the Mott Macdonald technical note within the agenda pack (pages 213 onwards). He highlighted that within that note Mott Macdonald stated that “the information to date did not give any comfort on the models (those of Wyre Forest District Council fitness for purpose in being used for their local plan review ….”.
Councillor Mallett asked the Portfolio Holder the current position in respect of the modelling work for this Council’s strategic transport assessment, and whether this had as yet been procured and if so who would do ... view the full minutes text for item 10