Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

RD30:

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Beal, Bower, Jones and Whitby.

RD31:

Minutes pdf icon PDF 271 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meetings held on 14th June 2022 and the Special meeting held on 23rd June 2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED: The minutes from the previous meetings were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

RD32:

Declarations of Interest

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the Member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.

 

Those declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on an item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.

Minutes:

There was none.

RD33:

Urgent Business

To consider any business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair proposes to accept as urgent under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act, 1972.

Minutes:

There was none.

RD34:

Members Present Pursuant to Standing Order 34

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and what items they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.  

 

Minutes:

Councillor Bubb.

RD35:

Chair's Correspondence

If any.

Minutes:

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The Chair explained she had received correspondence from Ivor Rowlands relating to the Guildhall which she could share with the Panel on request.

 

The Chair had also received correspondence from the Assistant Director requesting that the Riverfront Regeneration Town Deal Item be held in closed session.  The Panel agreed to this item being considered in closed session and the item would be considered at the end of the meeting.

RD36:

Multi User Community Hub - Town Deal Project pdf icon PDF 312 KB

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Minutes:

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Officers from Norfolk County Council presented information on the Multi User Community Hub (MUCH) Town Deal Project and RIBA Stage 1 process, a copy of the presentation is attached.

 

The presentation included the vision and purpose of the MUCH, indicative designs and the services that could be provided.

 

The Chair thanked officers for the presentation and invited questions and comments from the Panel, as summarised below.

 

Councillor Bone made reference to the size of the building and asked if it was realistic that all the services would be able to be provided.  He also did not like the design of the exterior of the building.  Ceri Sumner explained that programming would be looked at to maximise the services available and the design of the buildings were indicative at this stage.

 

Councillor Manning commented on opening times, and it was explained that details would be developed, and access would be looked including out of hours services and ‘open library’ access, whilst considering safety of staff and users.

 

Councillor Nockolds commented that the design of the building should complement other buildings in the High Street, and suggested rounded edges and the use of large glass windows. 

 

Councillor Nockolds also asked if there would be a provision for visitors, such as an information desk and links to the Tourist Information Centre.  It was explained that tourists would be welcomed into the space, and it was hoped that touring library exhibitions could be brought in as well.

 

The Vice Chair, Councillor Gidney asked questions relating to the use of local materials and photovoltaic panels.  He was also concerned with the position of the building as he did not feel it had good links with other parts of the town centre.  He asked about staffing and running costs and if Norfolk County Council representatives would be based in the building.  It was explained that all materials and designs were indicative at this stage and energy efficient measures would be incorporated into the building and roof as appropriate.  It was also confirmed that Norfolk County Council would be responsible for the building and its operation.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Hudson, it was explained that most of the existing building would be demolished, with the exception of the floor plate and some concrete columns. 

 

Councillor Morley was concerned with the sustainability of the MUCH and he felt that a strategy was needed on how the project would benefit the socio-economic levels in the town centre, and how projects in the town centre would complement each other.  It was explained that the next stage of the process would be to put together the Business Case which would require Town Deal Board sign off and be brought back to the Council for consideration.

 

The Chair commented that she thought the facility would be of benefit to the people of King’s Lynn and it was important that it had extensive evening opening hours.

 

RESOLVED: That  ...  view the full minutes text for item RD36:

RD37:

Update on the Active Travel Programme and Active and Clean Connectivity pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

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The Assistant Director presented information on the Active Travel Programme and Active and Clean Connectivity.  A copy of the presentation is attached.

 

The presentation included information on the programme rationale, the work to date, the revised programme overview, details of the Active Travel Hub on the Nar Ouse Enterprise Zone, next steps, and timescales.

 

The Chair thanked the Assistant Director for the presentation and invited questions and comments from the Panel, as summarised below.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Hudson, the Assistant Director confirmed the cost of the project.

 

Councillor Manning felt that improvements to the bus service would be required and asked if subsidy for buses had been costed into the project.  The Assistant Director explained that large employers would be engaged in the scheme and then routes could be looked at.  He explained that there were other options available for active and clean travel such as cycling and lift shares.

 

Councillor de Whalley hoped that active travel would be promoted to the community as well as businesses and he was concerned that the Nar Ouse Active Travel Hub was situated outside of the key area for the LCWIP.  The Assistant Director explained that there were community benefits of the scheme and he made reference to the provision that would be made available at Baker Lane and that options to link the travel hubs from Baker Lane to the Nar Ouse area could also be looked at.  The Assistant Director explained that the LCWIP interventions would improve connectivity throughout the town, and it was acknowledged that options were defragmented at the moment, but the LCWIP interventions and the Active Travel Hub would offer choices.

 

Councillor Hudson made reference to the fifty car park spaces at the Nar Ouse Hub and asked if this could be increased.  The Assistant Director explained that the Towns Fund covered funding for fifty spaces, but the planning application would be for 150 spaces, so that the site could be developed in phases if necessary.  Bus stops and changing/storage facilities would also be provided.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Morley it was explained that provision of car parking for the KLIC would be retained.

 

In response to questions from Councillor Humphrey it was explained that it was not a requirement for businesses to do a travel survey, but it was a recommendation from the DfT and it could be used as a tool to assist with recruitment and retention.

 

Councillor Bubb addressed the Panel under Standing Order 34 and commented that this was a lost opportunity for a South Lynn Railway Station.  The Assistant Director explained that there was not enough funding available in the Town Deal Project for the construction of a new Railway Station.

 

The Chair commented that the bus hub was a good idea and that fifty car parking spaces would not be enough, but acknowledged that further opportunities may be available in the future.  She  ...  view the full minutes text for item RD37:

RD38:

Cabinet Report - CIL Proposed changes to the Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 344 KB

To consider the report and make any appropriate recommendations to Cabinet.

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Minutes:

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Officers presented the Cabinet report which presented revisions to the scheme and proposed priorities.  The Chair thanked officers for their report and invited questions and comments from the Panel, as summarised below.

 

Councillor de Whalley, Member of the CIL Spending Panel, thanked officers for simplifying the process and felt that the proposal was much improved.

 

In response to questions from Councillor Morley the CIL Officer clarified the scoring process in that additional points were awarded dependent on the percentage of match funding secured for the project.  Points were also awarded for local support.  It was also explained that unsuccessful applicants were provided with feedback and encouraged to reapply to future rounds.

 

It was clarified that applicants had to be a constituted body and projects were subject to delivery agreements.

 

Councillor Bone, Member of the CIL Spending Panel supported the changes.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Manning it was confirmed that changes would be introduced for the January 2023 round of funding. 

 

RESOLVED: That the Regeneration and Development Panel support the recommendations to Cabinet, as set out below.

 

That Cabinet agree to adopt the arrangements in the CIL Governance and Spending document attached as Appendix 1.

RD39:

Cabinet Report - West Winch Concept Masterplan pdf icon PDF 298 KB

To consider the report and make any appropriate recommendations to Cabinet.

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Minutes:

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The Planning Policy Manager presented the report which sought authorisation to undertake a statutory six week consultation on the Draft South East King’s Lynn Growth Area Framework Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document.

 

The Chair thanked officers for their report and invited questions and comments, as summarised below.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Nockolds, officers clarified the access from the A47.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Manning it was confirmed that the A149 was not part of this proposal.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Morley it was confirmed that the Hopkins Homes Planning Application could be a standalone application.

 

RESOLVED: That the Regeneration and Development Panel support the recommendations to Cabinet as set out below.

 

That the:

 

-        Local Plan Sub Committee note the contents of this report and recommends to Cabinet that the Draft South East King’s Lynn Growth Area Framework Masterplan SPD (Appendix 1 to this report) be approved for a statutory six week consultation.

-        Cabinet note the contents of this report and approve the Draft South East King’s Lynn Growth Area Framework Masterplan SPD (Appendix 1 to this report) for a statutory six week consultation, and

-        To delegate authority to the Planning Policy Manager in consultation with Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration to consider and agree any minor amendments and consultation arrangements required to finalise the document for consultation.

RD40:

Work Programme and Forward Decision List pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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Minutes:

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The Chair explained that an item on tourism would be considered at the Panel meeting on 13th September 22.

 

RESOLVED: The Panel’s Work Programme was noted.

RD41:

Date of the next meeting

To note that the next meeting of the Regeneration & Development Panel is scheduled to take place on 30th August 2022 at 4.30pm in the Town Hall.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Regeneration and Development Panel was a special meeting and was scheduled to take place 30th August 2022 at 4.30pm.

RD42:

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 or 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.

Minutes:

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RESOLVED: That under section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

RD43:

Riverfront Regeneration - Town Deal Board Project

Minutes:

Officers and the consultants presented information on the Riverfront Regeneration Town Deal Project.  It was explained that the presentation provided a range of options, and the next step would be to shortlist the preferred projects to take forward to Town Deal Board Business Case stage.

 

The Chair thanked officers for the presentation and invited questions and comments from the Panel, as summarised below.

 

Members of the Panel commented on the projects that they would like to see included as part of the Business Case.

 

RESOLVED: That the update was noted and the comments of the Panel would be taken into consideration as appropriate.