Councillor Pike presented a report to Cabinet providing an update on the review of the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area and seeking a recommendation to Council to approve the Character Appraisal and Management Plan. Councillor Pike reported that the Operations and Place Shaping Scrutiny Board had reviewed the proposal, although had voted not to support the officer recommendations and make no positive recommendation to the Cabinet. It was also highlighted that members of the Cabinet had visited the area to see at first hand the issues that had been raised by local residents during the consultation process.
Cabinet received deputations from Councillor Gary Robinson, Mr Edward Rees and Mr Keith Mayor. Councillor Sarah Milne was invited to make a statement to Cabinet on behalf of the chairman of the Operations and Place Shaping Scrutiny Board. The text of these deputations and the statement are published on the Council’s website alongside these minutes.
In presenting the report, Councillor Pike recognised that local residents held strong views and confirmed that the officers had taken on board all representations received and considered all the issues at length. The Council had a statutory duty follow national guidance and, in his view as Cabinet Lead, Councillor Pike was satisfied that the proposal now before the Cabinet provided the best means of protecting this special area within the Borough.
In supporting the proposals as set out in the report, and having viewed the area, Cabinet members were minded to endorse the view that the Manor Farm Buildings were of sufficient merit as to be included within the Conservation Area and this was accepted by Councillor Pike.
RECOMMENDED to full Council that it
(a) Notes the responses to the recent consultation (included at Appendix 3 (summary) and Appendix 4 (redacted copies of original responses));
(b) Adopts the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area Character Appraisal (Appendix 1), including a boundary which includes that area set out on pages 133 and 141 of the Cabinet agenda and a separate section to cover the Manor Farm Buildings located to the south of Lower Road;
(c) Notes that on adoption, the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area Character Appraisal (Appendix 1) becomes a material consideration in development management decision making alongside the development plan and emerging Havant Borough Local Plan 2036;
(d) Delegates authority to the Conservation Officer, in consultation with the Cabinet Lead for Planning and Regeneration and Communities, to make any resulting amendments following the Cabinet and Council meetings to the Old Bedhampton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (Appendix 1), including the boundary (Appendix 2)
Approves the implementation of an Article 4 (1)
Direction and delegates authority to the Head of Planning, in
consultation with the Cabinet Lead for Planning, Regeneration and
Communities, to determine the draft form and content of the
direction prior to this being publicised. (See sections 3.67-3.79
of the report). Officers to report back to Cabinet at a later date
with the draft form and content.
(f) Delegates authority to the Head of Planning, in consultation with the Cabinet Lead for Planning, Regeneration and Communities, to make any necessary amendments to the documents listed above. These shall be limited to grammatical, typographical, formatting and graphic design changes and shall not change the meaning of the material.