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To confirm and sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22nd June 2022 (Appendix ‘A’).
The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2022 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
Apologies for Absence
No apologies received.
Declarations of Interest PDF 4 MB
Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable and non-registrable interests in items on the agenda.
No declarations received.
Planning Applications PDF 142 KB
The planning applications listed below were considered by the Committee. All representations received on the applications were reported and copies had been made available for inspection by Members before the meeting. The Addendum had also been published on the Council’s website on the day of the meeting. An Objector and applicant’s agent addressed the Committee on the application specified.
RESOLVED that –
the following applications be determined as indicated: -
Publication of Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) Scoping Report for the 2040 Local Plan (Planning, Policy & Economic Development) PDF 222 KB
The Committee was informed of the outcome of public consultation on a draft Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report for the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan .The approval of the Committee was sought to publish the final SA Scoping Report, with the amendments as shown tracked in Appendix A and as listed in Appendix B to the agenda, and to approve the Sustainability Framework, as the basis for undertaking the SA/ SEA Appraisal of the various stages of the forthcoming Runnymede 2040 Local Plan.
SA/SEA was now an established mechanism for assessing the sustainability and environmental performance of plans and programmes, such as the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan, and was a legal requirement under the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Environmental Assessment of Plans & Programmes Regulations 2004 (SEA Regulations).
The first stage of SA/SEA was the scoping stage. This stage sought to understand key messages/objectives from other legislation and guidance, establish the baseline environment and how this might change in the future in the absence of the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan. The SA/SEA Scoping Report should also identify any issues and problems arising from the key messages and baseline information and how these could be addressed in the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan. The Scoping Report included a Sustainability Framework, which would form the basis for the Sustainability Appraisal work on the forthcoming Runnymede 2040 Local Plan.
A draft version of the SA/SEA Scoping Report was open to public consultation for a period of five weeks from 22 April to 28 May 2022, including with the three consultation bodies (Environment Agency, Historic England, Natural England). In total 18 representations were received and a summary of these with officer responses was reported
Given the representations received and a number of other material circumstances since consultation, a number of amendments were proposed by officers to the Scoping Report.. The key amendments were as follows:-
· Additional baseline information on green/blue infrastructure and green corridors in Section 3;
· Update to population data in Section 4 to account for first release of Census 2021 data;
· Addition of information from the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) on housing mix and identification of housing mix as an issue/problem in Table 4-2;
· Additional information on air quality monitoring station on Byfleet Road;
· Update to CO2 emissions baseline following government’s latest release of data;
· Recognition of A318 as a major local highway in the Borough;
· Addition of information on employment baseline and future baseline;
· Additional decision aiding criteria in SA Framework for SA Objectives 2, 4, 5 and 7 to strengthen consideration of climate change;
· Additional plans, policies, programmes and their key messages/objectives added to Appendix A for Water, Climate and Transport.
The following points raised by Members would be addressed by officers:
· Reinforcement of the point that Virginia Water and Thorpe did not have a good public transport service.
· Langham Pond-amend location to refer to Egham/Englefield Green.
· Amend heading of column 3 in tables to refer to ‘Plan’.
· Consider inclusion of separate paragraph regarding the ... view the full minutes text for item 139.