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Declarations of Interest
Members and Officers are invited to make any declaration of pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation to items on this agenda, and are reminded that they should re-declare their interest before consideration of the items or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.
Members and Officers should make their declaration by stating:
a) the item they have the interest in
b) whether it is a pecuniary/personal interest and/or prejudicial interest
c) the nature of the interest
No declarations of interest were made.
The Committee will be asked to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Planning Policy Committee held on 24 November 2022.
[The Minutes will be circulated separately ahead of the meeting.]
The Chair confirmed that the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2022 were still to be published and would go to the next meeting on 26 January 2023 for approval.
ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA THAT THE CHAIR OF THE MEETING IS OF THE OPINION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY BY REASON OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The Chair confirmed that there were no urgent items.
Public Question Time
To receive questions from the public (for a period of up to 15 minutes).
The Chair confirmed that there had been no questions from the public submitted for this meeting.
A response to the National Highways A27 Arundel further consultation PDF 111 KB
National Highways is undertaking a supplementary consultation to that undertaken between 11 January to 8 March 2022 regarding its proposals to improve the A27 by building a bypass around Arundel. This report in intended to inform the Committee of the content of the consultation and invite the Committee to determine what view this Council should provide as its response. The purpose of this report is not to address matters that are not included in the supplementary consultation such as which option National Highways has previously selected or whether there should be an A27 junction on Ford Road.
The Chair opened this item by explaining that though the Director of Growth had delegated authority to response to this consultation, following discussion they had decided that it was important that Members were involved and hence why it had come to Committee. The Chair advised that the decision of the Committee at the meeting would be submitted to National Highways in order to meet the consultation’s deadlines but he suggested that this be clearly identified as an interim conclusion subject to ratification at Full Council in order for all Members to have an opportunity to discuss the matter. Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Director of Growth presented the report which informed the Committee of the content of National Highways’ supplementary consultation to that undertaken between 11 January to 8 March 2022 regarding its proposals to improve the A27 by building a bypass around Arundel and invited the Committee to determine what view the Council should provide as its response. He highlighted an Officer addition to the first recommendation, since publication of the agenda, due to Walberton Parish Council having undertaken their own traffic survey and potential differences between base data coming to light.
Members (including one non-Committee Member attending as a Ward Member) then took part in a full debate on the item where a number of points were raised, including:
· the importance of the matter and the need for it to be referred to Full Council, and in doing so the public getting another opportunity to ask questions
· perceived inaccuracies in the consultation brochure and the absence of minor roads (not just from Walberton but also the wider area) from the traffic model used
· concerns that analysis was based on flawed and inaccurate data and did not stand up to scrutiny
· the proposed bat bridge being insufficient for its intended purpose (not wide enough to provide a dark central corridor for safe flight) and therefore failing to mitigate negative impacts, nor any evidence having been provided that satisfactorily showed National Highways had studied the different species of bat in the area or their flight paths
· the importance of biodiversity, only at the last Committee meeting having adopted the Biodiversity Net Gain Study which specifically referenced the rare species of bats in the area and measures to protect them
· design changes between the statutory and supplementary consultation documents and the impacts to key traffic flows (The Street west of Tye Lane was given as an example, with 119 in the technical note whilst over 800 was stated in the brochure), and concerns therefore that these changes radically reduced the efficacy of the mitigation measures put in place for the scheme. The increase in road dangers to the walking and cycling routes to the local primary school were also raised
· if the technical note had already been superseded by the brochure by the time is was being prepared then it may not be safe to rely on it
· the detrunking strategy for existing A27 and questions over what Arun ... view the full minutes text for item 507.
Littlehampton Economic Growth Area (LEGA) PDF 106 KB
This report seeks Committee’s agreement that the proposed Littlehampton Economic Growth Area (LEGA) Study update should exclude work on the West Bank Strategic Allocation elements of the Study and focus the study brief on the riverside opportunities and the area between Climping beach and the West Bank. The study would, therefore, aim to complement what might happen on the West Bank through the existing LEGA study and Strategic Allocation in the adopted Arun Local Plan 2018. This report was deferred at Committee on 24 November 2022 in order for further clarification on the extent of the area concerned.
Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Director of Growth presented the report which sought the Committee’s agreement that the proposed Littlehampton Economic Growth Area (LEGA) Study update should exclude work on the West Bank Strategic Allocation elements of the Study and focus the study brief on the riverside opportunities and the area between Climping beach and the West Bank. The item was deferred from the meeting on 24 November 2022 in order for Officers to provide further clarification on the extent of the area under discussion. A map of the area and a verbal description was provided to Members. The Director of Growth, in response to a Member’s question about the impacts to the strategic allocation site (SD4) of its exclusion, explained the ground issues in the area and the impacts of both the sea at Climping and the River Arun at high tides, and that development opportunities south of SD4 might help with the delivery of infrastructure that might in turn support development of the West Bank. The recommendation was then proposed by Councillor Chapman and seconded by Councillor Hughes.
That the LEGA Study update brief focusses on the riverside opportunities and the area between Climping Beach and the West Bank Strategic Allocation.</AI13><TRAILER_SECTION>