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51.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 

 

Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

52.

Open Forum (6.15-6.45pm)

Half an hour has been set aside for members of the public to raise any issues relevant to the business of the Committee and the Township.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The following issues were raised during the Open Forum session:

 

a)  Flooding at the Calderbrook and Littlebrough recreation grounds

 

The Township was addressed by Mr E Wroe with regard to the flooding issues that have occurred at the Calderbrook and Littleborough recreation grounds since the completion of the flood water storage basin works in September 2015.

 

The Director for Neighbourhoods undertook to respond directly to Mr Wroe’s concerns.

 

Members requested that confirmation that the football pitches /playing field at Hare Hill Park would be reinstated in accordance with the approved planning conditions.

 

The Director for Neighbourhoods undertook to investigate and advise Members when the re- instatement is scheduled to take place

 

b) Boxing Day Floods

 

Members of the Township Committee raised several issues resulting from the flooding which had occurred in the Township on Boxing Day.  The Committee were advised that a £500 hardship payment had been made to Council Tax payers whose homes had been damaged and that work was underway to help with the clean-up and the provision of further advice and assistance to residents and businesses effected by the flood.

 

Members wished to record their thanks to the Council Officers, local residents and businesses who had volunteered to help assist with the recovery and the Committee further commented on the level of assistance provided by members of the local community who had offered assistance to those whose homes had been flooded.

 

 

53.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the minutes of meeting of the Pennines Township Committee held on the 24th November 2015.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the minutes of the last meeting of the Township Committee held 24th November 2015.

 

Further to minute 47 – Proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges 2016/17 – the Committee again requested that Council be requested to ring-fence the Hollingworth Lake Car Park charges for the required improvements to the barrier and other amenities at the Car Park.

 

The Director of Neighbourhoods undertook to explore the feasibility of Pennines Township receiving the income from Hollingworth Lake car parks in the future.

 

DECIDED – That the minutes of meeting of the Pennines Township Committee held on 24th November 2015 be approved as a correct record.

 

54.

Minutes - Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To note the minutes of meeting of the Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub Committee held on 2nd December 2015.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee meeting held on 2nd December 2015 be noted

55.

Minutes - Pennines Township Planning Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To note the minutes of meeting of the Pennines Township Planning Sub-Committee held on 18th November 2015.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the Pennines Township Sub-Committee meeting held on 18th November 2015 be noted.

 

56.

Pennine Township - Highways Capital Maintenance Programme 2016-18 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which requested the Committee to consider approving the recommended 2016-2018 highway maintenance programme for Pennines Township.

 

The recommended Highways Maintenance Capital Programme had been put together based on network condition data and visual site inspections by engineers. The programme aims to address the highest priority sites within the Pennines Township with the most suitable carriageway or footway remedial works within the allocated capital budget.

 

It was noted that this is a two year programme which will allow an opportunity for cost savings and flexibility around delivery in order to deal with the constraints with working on a live highway network.

 

Following agreement of the work programmes, delivery of the schemes is being co-ordinated with the street lighting PFI programme, other highways schemes, planning applications, other RMBC schemes and 3rd party utility works. Should it become necessary to delay or postpone a scheme in the agreed programme, this will be done in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of the Township Committee.

 

Appendix A of the submitted report provided details of the proposed schemes for the Pennines Township Highway Capital programme 2016-18.

 

A budget of approximately £2.4 million is available for the Highway Capital

Programme over the two year period, 2016 - 2018. Confirmation of the final budget allocation will be from the Department for Transport. The budget is allocated between the four Townships based on population size and the Pennines Township is to receive an allocation of £553,000 (20%). This value may change dependant on the final allocation from the Department for Transport (DfT).

 

In considering the submitted report the Committee requested that reasonable notice be given to the Ward Members of when the Highways Capital Maintenance Programme work is to commence in their Ward.

 

DECIDED – that (1) the proposed Pennines Township Highway Maintenance Capital Programme to be delivered in 2016-18 be approved;

            (2) Where events external to the Council require rapid response or agreement in principle, the committee authorise the Highways Services Manager to vary the programme in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of the relevant Township committee.

Eligible for call in - yes

 

57.

Hollingworth Lake Site of Biological Importance (SBI) - Extension and Upgrade pdf icon PDF 709 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which informed the Committee of the proposed changes to the Hollingworth Lake and Rochdale Canal Sites of Biological Importance (SBIs). Members were asked to approve the changes and the consequent update of the local SBI register for planning purposes.

 

The recommendations were put forward as following discussions with local interest groups, the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU) had proposed an extension of the sites of biological importance which would allow for the inclusion of important bird habitat by incorporating an area of land to the south of Hollingworth Lake and the woodland area where the Visitor Centre car park is located. The proposed extensions, totalling six hectares, were based on bird data collected, and GMEU were of the opinion that if these additional areas were included in the SBI, then the SBI would once again be of county / regional importance, and thus should be upgraded to Grade A.

           

The proposed increase in the Rochdale Canal sites of biological importance included an area of acid grassland, which had purple moor-grass, wavy hair-grass, heath bedstraw and lemon-scented fern and stands of bilberry and heather which occur rarely within the grassland.

 

Alternatives considered - To inform the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit that the Council did not wish to approve the changes detailed in the report for planning purposes. This would mean that the SBIs might not carry as much weight in planning decisions and other decisions which may affect them, such as applications for funding.

 

In considering the submitted report the Committee requested that confirmation be provided to the Members as to how the extension to the SBI’s at Hollingworth Lake will affect activities at the Visitor Centre.

 

DECIDED - that the changes to the SBIs and the SBI register as detailed in the submitted report, for planning purposes be approved subject to confirmation that the extension to the SBI’s at Hollingworth Lake would not affect activities at the Visitor Centre.

Eligible for call in – yes

58.

Guidelines and Standards for Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 150 KB

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Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which informed the Committee that the Guidelines and Standards for Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Consultation Draft has been approved for consultation by Cabinet and invited any comments that Members may have on the document at this stage.

 

The recommendations were put forward as the Council published a ‘Guidelines and Standards for Residential Development’ Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document in February 1995, which supplemented the Unitary Development Plan with a series of technical standards, such as minimum required distances between windows of neighbouring properties and maximum distances which extensions could extend along boundaries. These standards were based on historic national standards and ensured that new residential development could take place whilst having no unacceptable impact upon the occupiers of existing residential properties.

 

Although the document had worked well for many years, recent changes in national policy in respect of Permitted Development Rights (i.e. the scale of development which can lawfully take place without the need for planning permission) has necessitated a review of our standards to ensure that there is no conflict with national policy. This was also considered to be an opportunity to review the document generally to ensure that it is clear and up to date.

 

DECIDED – that the Guidelines and Standards for Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) be noted.

Eligible for call in – no

 

59.

Revenue Budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 - Update pdf icon PDF 310 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources which advised of a report considered by Cabinet on 15th December 2015 updating on the implications of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review for 2015 and the risks around the budget.

 

The recommendation was put forward to update Members on the development of Revenue Budget for 2016/17 to 2018/19.

 

The Council is legally obliged to set a balanced revenue and capital budget. The budget setting process is complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. Whilst budgets are prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines, a number of alternative options relating to savings proposals and budget pressures are considered as part of the overall budget setting process.

 

The budget forecast has been based on known and anticipated levels of spending and resources.  Significant budget risks are identified within the report.

 

DECIDED – that the Revenue Budget and Capital Programme 2016/17 to 2018/19 Update report be noted.

Eligible for call in - no