Agenda and minutes

Maintaining Balanced Neighbourhoods Through Planning, Scrutiny Panel A
Thursday, 28th November, 2013 6.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room 3 - Civic Centre. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

 

To appoint a Chair and Vice-Chair to the Scrutiny Panel for this Municipal Year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Councillor Burke be elected as Chair and Councillor Claisse as Vice-Chair of the Panel.

2.

Review Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 35 KB

 

Report of the Assistant Chief Executive detailing draft terms of reference to be approved, for the scrutiny review examining the contribution planning policy can make to maintaining balanced neighbourhoods and the quality of life for their residents, attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered the report of the Assistant Chief Executive setting out the terms of reference for the review examining the contribution planning can make to maintaining balanced neighbourhoods and the quality of life for residents.

 

RESOLVED to approve the terms of reference for the Scrutiny Panel.

 

 

3.

Introduction to the Review pdf icon PDF 26 KB

 

Report of the Assistant Chief Executive providing an introduction to the review for the Panel to consider and use the information provided as evidence, attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered the report of the Assistant Chief Executive giving an overview of the review.

 

Chris Lyons, Planning and Development Manager, provided information relating to the current approach to HMOs and planning permission. 

 

He also briefed member on the changes to permitted development rights; and the Council’s enforcement role.

 

The following points were raised:-

 

  • Whether it was possible to be flexible with the 40m radius used fro HMOs – Need to decide on reasonable area and the impact on the community.
  • Concerns over enforcement issues – Now fully staffed and backlog should be cleared within two months.  Link with Legal Services has now been re-established.
  • HMO Licensing - Not currently chasing those that have not registered HMOs but would need to pursue at some point.  Details on how many HMO registrations were expected could be presented to a future meeting
  • In the future information about HMOs would be shared between council departments on a computer system.
  • The possibility of having different schemes for different areas dependent on size and scale of properties and the density of the population.  Important to remember that any scheme needs to be easily manageable for officers given the limited and declining resources.
  • Conversions of offices to accommodation  and potential effects on City Centre Masterplan
  • Agreed that details of progress against actions in the enforcement taudit report would be sent to members.
  • Neighbourhood plans.
  • Supply and demand for housing.  The need to engage with universities for “quick fixes” and long term.  Also need to involve developers and landlord representatives.