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Committee Decisions – May
At the Development Management Committee in May, councillors debated 6 applications. Here is the one for StAnn’s Chapel:-
Address: Land at Holwell Farm, St Ann’s Chapel, TQ7 4AP
Proposal: Residential development to provide 13 dwellings with associated access, car parking, public open space and landscaping
The incoming new council at South Hams, reflects on the previous year and the challenges they now face.
Yesterday, Cllr Judy Pearce, the new Leader of South Hams District Council, presented the Council’s Annual report to the new Council. From the report, Cllr Pearce highlighted the many achievements from the last 12 months, including the new recycling, waste and cleansing contract, which will save the council £3 million.
She told the new Council, that they have also established an encouragingly positive relationship with the Homes and Communities Agency, which the new Council can build on over the coming years.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “Members will appreciate that what is reported in the annual report took place under the last administration, and that it was written before the new Council has had an opportunity to set out the direction that the Council will take. However, there are some things that will remain unchanged and this gives us a good starting position.
“We know that while we have manged to set a balanced budget this year, we do have a forecast budget gap of £470,000 that will have to be filled. We managed to close the budget gap last year, but now we face the challenge again this year.
“We will continue to pursue the recommendations of the Peer Review, where we will continue to strive for a ‘right first time’ approach to customer service, and we also know that we want to work closer with our Town and Parish Councils; engaging, informing and listening to them on a more regular basis.”
Cllr Pearce concluded: “All this rests on running a lean and efficient Council, where finance, governance and good communications, both internal and external, are key. I am keen to foster better and more collaborative relationships between officers and Members at all levels.
“We are all trying to achieve the same goals, and if we all put our shoulder to the same wheel, it will undoubtedly turn more smoothly for the benefit of the whole District and our residents. I hope this will be reflected in next year’s annual report.”
The Annual report states that last year, the Council:
• Set a balanced budget of £8.83m
• Collected 2.7m tonnes of household waste
• Inspected 2,100 play parks
• Completed 2,433 planning applications
• Carried out 486 food inspections
• Awarded £253,000 in Community Grant Funding
• Supported 92 events
• Carried out 567 planning enforcement investigations
• Helped to deliver 69 affordable homes
• Picked up 53 fly tips
• Awarded £540,600 in Disabled Facilities Grants
• Collected 171 abandoned vehicles
• Prevented 520 households becoming homeless
The full Annual Report can be viewed here: https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/5347/Council-Performance-and-Strategy
A new four year term, a new sustainable era, a new Leader and a positive future to be built on the foundations of the Council’s transformation programme.
At their Annual Council meeting yesterday, South Hams District Council has appointed Cllr Judy Pearce as Leader of the Council.
In her acceptance speech, Cllr Pearce thanked Cllr John Tucker for his many years of dedication to the South Hams, and the foresight and courage he showed to take on the transformation programme and to see it through.
Cllr Pearce explained that while the Council is now much leaner and more efficient, there is still work to be done.
Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr Judy Pearce said: “My priority as Leader will be to build on these sure foundations, so that everything the Council does is focused on wellbeing and prosperity of all of the residents and businesses in South Hams.
“We must welcome visitors and allow tourism to flourish, but at the same time take every care to preserve our historic buildings and landscapes, particularly the protected ones.”
During the meeting there was a lot of discussion about Climate Change, with a petition being presented to the Chairman and a number of members of the public being in attendance throughout.
It has been agreed that the Executive of South Hams District Council will consider an agenda item at its meeting on 6 June 2019 that will allow Members to give further consideration to the Climate Change programme.
During her speech, Cllr Pearce also declared that sustainability was key, she said: “We must make sure that nothing we do deliberately harms the environment by degrading or depleting natural resources.”
The Leader has also asked officers to prepare a plan to make all reasonable and rational carbon footprint savings within the way that the Council works and to offer all assistance possible to Devon County Council and their climate change agenda.
During the meeting, Cllr Bastone was appointed as Deputy Leader, Cllr Rosemary Rowe was appointed Chairman of the Council and Cllr Foss was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Council for the Council year 2019/20.
The Councillors appointed to the Executive are; Cllrs Baldry, Hawkins, Hopwood and May.
The political composition of the Council is now as follows: Three political groups: The Conservatives, with Cllr Pearce as their Leader; The Liberal Democrats with Cllr Baldry as their Leader and The Green Party with Cllr Hodgson as their Leader. There are also two non-aligned independent members.
Following the Annual meeting of the Council, further information about which councillors have been appointed to which committee will be available on the Council’s website:
It’s taken three years to shape, publish and consult on, but the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been endorsed by independent Government Inspectors.
The ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green spaces and infrastructure is now set to be formally adopted by the three councils later this week and early next week.
The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is being reported to the Full Council in each local authority on the following days:
South Hams – Thursday 21 March
Plymouth – Tuesday 26 March
West Devon – Tuesday 26 March
The Joint Local Plan looks at every aspect of how we want our cities, towns and villages to look and feel for years to come.
The plan area covers a population of 401,567 people who were all asked to contribute to its policies and development sites.
The councils have this week learnt that the Inspectors have endorsed the Joint Local Plan.
Councillor Graham Parker, from West Devon Borough Council, Chair of the Steering Group for the Joint Local Plan, speaking on behalf of the Joint Member Steering Group who oversaw the plan’s preparations said: “We are really pleased that the strategy set out in the plan and the supporting policies which will guide development in the next 20 years have been supported by the Inspectors.
“When this plan is adopted it will be only the 13th Joint Local Plan in the country and one of a very few that have meet the housing and employment needs for their communities in full. All three authorities are now committed to working together to deliver what we have set out in this radical plan.”
Councillor Judy Pearce, South Hams District Councillor on the Joint Member Steering Group added: “This really is an historic moment for all three councils. We came together three years ago because it just made sense to look at this entire area – all 2,126 square kilometres of it – as where people live, work and play are so interconnected. By doing this we have been able to put in place planning policies that will ensure we get the right development in the right place, and protecting the highly valued landscapes of our AONBs.”
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure at Plymouth City Council said: “The plan sets out an unashamedly ambitious agenda for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034. The plan makes provision for 26,700 new homes, of which 6,600 will be affordable homes to rent and buy, with 86 per cent planned for brownfield sites in Plymouth. The plan also proposes 375,208 square metres of new employment floor space and along with other employment generating development will create around 20,400 jobs, with 71 per cent of the planned growth to be focussed on the Plymouth Policy Area.”
The Joint Local Plan is a big, complex document. Councillor Coker continued: “Young families will be interested in knowing what the future plans are for new schools and colleges, and how the city and surrounding area plans to build enough homes for people to live in as well as where play areas could be.
“Those passionate about the environment might be interested in the policies that protect important green spaces, parks and sports facilities and how we plan to cut carbon emissions.”
The plan gives clarity to investors about where new developments are supported, where infrastructure improvements are planned while companies looking to move to the area will have policies to support their expansion plans.
Shoppers can see how the city centre might develop or ideas to support more local shops in thriving towns and villages of South Hams and West Devon.
Neighbourhood Planning Forums will now have the strategic policy framework to take forward their own neighbourhood plans for their areas.
The Joint Local Plan in numbers:
It covers 2,126 sq.km, nearly 55 per cent in West Devon, over 40 per cent in South Hams and just four per cent in Plymouth
The plan area covers a population of 401,567 people
Plymouth has 70 per cent of the plan area’s population with 262,712 people
Plymouth’s economic output is £5.2 billion and 130,000 total jobs
The market and coastal towns of West Devon and South Hams, together with a wider network of towns, villages and hamlets provide homes for 138,855 people, 54,385 in West Devon and 84,470 in South Hams.
West Devon is one of the most sparsely populated council areas with a population density of 47people/km2 compared to 95/km2 in South Hams and 3,284/km2 in Plymouth
Over the last 10 years, Plymouth has seen 9,632 homes delivered and 90 per cent were built on previously-built land. Building is underway on a further 1,440 properties and 4,520 have permission to be built.
Since 2014, 5,826 homes have been delivered in the Joint Local Plan Area. At April 2018, there were 1,855 dwellings under construction across the three authorities and a further 13,397 with planning consent.
An initial 600 sites were put forward through the Plymouth Plan. 168 sites are allocated in the plan for mixed use, housing, retail, employment, sports, strategic greenspaces or other uses
117 sites are allocated for housing across the whole plan area.
20 sites are identified to include provision for new retail floorspace.
There are 40 sites where new employment floorspace can be provided In Plymouth’s City Centre and Waterfront Growth Area there are allocations for 3,802 homes and 82,445 sq.m. of employment.
In the Derriford and Northern Corridor Growth Area there are allocations for 4,171 homes and 100,180 sq.m. of employment.
In the Eastern Corridor Growth Area there are allocations for 7,043 homes and 326,625 sq.m. of employment.
The Thriving Towns and Villages have the following allocations:
Dartmouth – 576 homes; 10,800 sqm employment
Ivybridge – 1,078 homes; 4,600 sqm employment
Kingsbridge – 267 homes; 200 sqm employment
Okehampton – 775 homes; 77,700 sqm employment
Tavistock – 1,203 homes; 18,600 sqm employment
Totnes – 528 homes; 7,700 sqm employment
Smaller towns and key villages – 911 homes; 46,780 sqm employment.
Overall, the plan makes provision for 26,700 new homes, of which 19,000 are within the Plymouth Policy Area and 7,700 in the Thriving Towns and Villages.
Overall, the plan makes provision for 6,600 affordable homes of which 4,550 are in the Plymouth Policy Area and 2,050 in the Thriving Towns and Villages.
Overall, the plan makes provision for 375,208 sq.m. of new employment floorspace, equivalent to around 82 hectares of land
All the latest documents and the Inspectors Report together with various supporting documents have now been uploaded at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymswdevonplan
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Steady as She Goes
South Hams District Council presents its budget for the next financial year. A budget to maintain front line services, invest in the local economy and navigate the uncharted waters of uncertain government finances.
Sound financial management by South Hams District Council over the last few years has left the Council in a strong financial position. But uncertainty from central government means that there may be more turbulent times ahead.
Cllr Simon Wright, Deputy Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “Four years ago the Government told us how much money they would give us every year for four years.
“We have known since then that we would not get any more Revenue Support Grant. But the four year settlement did give us certainty that we would continue to get the Rural Services Delivery Grant, which is basically extra money because they recognise it is difficult delivering services in a rural area.
“This agreement ends next year and we have no information about what money, if any, the Government will give us after that.
“It appears that they will be basing future funding figures on the number of people living in an area, and with so many second homes in South Hams, this could prove a real problem for us. We are currently lobbying government to recognise the increase in our seasonal population.
“So without any certainty, we present this budget, a stable, steady budget that helps us to maintain the status quo, allows us to invest where we can, but keeps some money in reserve for an unpredictable future.”
South Hams District Council remains committed to doing everything it can to support residents and businesses. They recognise income generation and local investment will be key to keeping their finances healthy and their services protected.
This is reflected in the budget that they have put forward:
The Council continues to make a £3.9 m saving every year by working with West Devon Borough Council. By working together they save the taxpayer £6 million a year.
This year South Hams has secured an extra £80,604 from Government as part of its Rural Services Delivery Grant, which they have been lobbying for, but this is just for one year.
The Council wants to invest in a programme to replace play park equipment across the District, with a budget of £190,000.
This budget also continues to support the five year programme of repairs to the Council’s coastal assets, worth £300,000 per year.
By signing a contact with FCC Environmental to provide waste, recycling and cleaning services, South Hams District Council will save £286,000 this financial year.
To support the new waste contract, this budget has put money aside to make improvements at the waste depot in Ivybridge and to increase the amount of money the Council is putting away for new waste and recycling vehicles
Work will take place in the village of Ermington to provide new (and improve, existing) business units.
Money has also been put aside to provide improvements to Batson Creek car park.
Resurfacing of a number of car parks has also been included in this budget alongside honouring a commitment made to resurface the South Devon Tennis Centre’s outdoor courts, which are owned by the Council.
Alongside these investments are a programme of development opportunities which will support the local economy and provide jobs. Subject to obtaining planning permission, these include a Hotel in Kingsbridge, a Health Hub in Dartmouth, improvements to the quay and new business units in Batson and Beach Huts at Beesands. The Council also approved a new Commercial Property Strategy which will see it consider prudent commercial investment within the district in the forthcoming year.
This year, the councillors have also agreed to increase Council Tax on the proportion of money that the District Council gets. This amounts to a £5 a year increase on a Band D property or 10 pence a week. This makes the Band D Council Tax for South Hams District Council £165.42 for the year.
Sophie Hosking, South Hams District Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Our finance officers have worked really closely with councillors on this budget. Their careful management of the budget was recognised by the Peer Review team, a independent group of officers and councillors from across the country, who we invited in to observe everything we do.
“They said that sound financial management had put us in a good position. But as Cllr Wright has said, there remains some tough challenges ahead. Next financial year we are still predicting a budget gap of £0.47m and we do not know what our funding from Government will be. So there is clearly a lot of work to do.”
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Investing in Kingsbridge
79 Bedroom Hotel to be Built on Council land in Kingsbridge.
Last week South Hams moved a step closer to building a new hotel in Kingsbridge, that could add an extra £3.9m to the local economy per year.
Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council explains: “The plot of land where the hotel would be built is in Rope Walk, behind the leisure centre in Kingsbridge. It is derelict at the moment, but it is the ideal spot for a hotel which is in easy walking distance of the town. We are delighted to have interest in this site in Kingsbridge from a major UK hotel operator, it demonstrates confidence in the Town and will be a boost the whole of the area.”
Executive Councillors at South Hams approved a multi-million pound investment into the project. The project will be subject to planning approval and confirmation of funding at Full Council and it would take approximately two years to be built.
The project hits the key deliverables set out in the Council’s Commercial Property Strategy of supporting regeneration and economic activity. It is an excellent example of the Council investing financially in its area, to the benefit of the District.
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