Agenda and minutes

Regeneration and Sustainable Development Scrutiny Committee
Friday, 12th April, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Rooms A/B - Neath Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Jason Davies 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Minutes:

That the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 1 March, 2019, be approved.

2.

Forward Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme for 2018/19.  

3.

PRE-SCRUTINY

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised the following Cabinet Board item:-

 

Cabinet Board Proposals

 

Neath Port Talbot Local Development Plan (LDP) – Consideration of: the responses to the comments received following consultation on draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG); and the adoption and publication procedures to be implemented

 

The Committee received information in relation to the Supplementary Planning Guidance document relating to ‘The Historic Environment’.

 

Members questioned why the whale and penguin figures at Aberafan Seafront had been removed from the document. It was explained that these structures had been removed from the list following a comprehensive review of the schedule of buildings/structures, which had concluded that they met just two out of five set criteria and therefore did not warrant inclusion.

 

Members asked if there was a timeline for bringing forward the Conservation Area Appraisals. It was explained that whilst there was no specific timeframe, the intention was to progress the work over the next twelve months.

 

Members raised the progress of works along the Canal Network. Officers stated they were unable to give full details but would come back to Members with the additional information if requested. It was explained that parts of the canal network had been safeguarded in the LDP and certain areas had received Welsh Government Active Travel Funding to improve cycle/pedestrian access along the towpaths. These improvements were due to be completed by May 2019. 

 

It was also noted that the canal network was under different ownership in different locations and that maintenance of the canals was expensive.  It was noted that the Swansea Canal Projects were carried out with volunteers, and it would be good to set up such a scheme in Neath.

 

Following Scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposals to be considered by Cabinet Board.

 

 

 

4.

URGENT ITEM

Minutes:

With the permission of the Chair the following was raised as an urgent item for discussion at today’s meeting pursuant to Section 100A(4) and (5) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Reason for Urgency:

 

Due to the time element.

5.

PRE-SCRUTINY

Minutes:

Establishment of the Local Project Board for Neath Port Talbot

 

Members received information on the establishment of the Local Project Board, to be called ‘Local Regeneration Programme Board’, for Neath Port Talbot to provide partner’s input into the strategic regeneration programmes and projects impacting on the local area.

 

Following Scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposals to be considered by Cabinet Board.

 

6.

ACCESS TO MEETINGS

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

that pursuant to Section 100A(4) and (5) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded for the following item of business which involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 14 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the above Act.

 

 

7.

PRE-SCRUTINY

Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised the following private matter:-

 

Neath Town Centre Redevelopment

 

Officers gave an overview of the private circulated report on Neath Town Centre Development.

 

Members welcomed the proposals and supported a procurement exercise for the scheme which would assist with the redevelopment of Neath Town Centre.

 

Following Scrutiny, the Committee was supportive of the proposals to be considered by Cabinet Board.