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Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

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1.       When the continuous alarm sounds you must evacuate the building by the nearest available fire exit. Members and visitors should proceed to the visitors’ car park at the front of the building and await further instructions (during office hours staff should proceed to their usual assembly point; outside of office hours proceed to the visitors’ car park). Please do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so.


       In the event of a fire any person with a disability should be assisted in leaving the building.  


2.       To receive any announcements from the Chair of the Meeting and/or the Chief Executive.


19.1           The evacuation procedure, as noted on the Agenda, was advised to those present.

19.2           The Mayor advised that he had attended the start of stage three of the Tour of Britain cycle race that morning, along with other Members and the Town Mayor, it had been a great event and a fantastic advert for Tewkesbury Town, the Borough and Gloucestershire.


Apologies for Absence


20.1           Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G F Blackwell, M A Gore, H S Munro, P W Ockelton, R J G Smith and R J E Vines. 


Declarations of Interest

Pursuant to the adoption by the Council on 26 June 2012 of the Tewkesbury Borough Council Code of Conduct, effective from 1 July 2012, as set out in Minute No. CL.34, Members are invited to declare any interest they may have in the business set out on the Agenda to which the approved Code applies.


21.1           The Committee’s attention was drawn to the Tewkesbury Borough Council Code of Conduct which was adopted by the Council on 26 June 2012 and took effect from 1 July 2012.

21.2           There were no declarations of interest made on this occasion.


Tewkesbury Borough Plan - Report of the Inspector and Adoption of the Plan pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To adopt the Tewkesbury Borough Plan.  

Additional documents:


22.1           The Mayor reminded Members of the rules of debate and indicated that he would be adhering to them throughout the meeting.

22.2           The report of the Interim Planning Policy Manager, circulated at Pages No. 1-314, recommended that Members formally adopt the Tewkesbury Borough Plan 2011-2031, incorporating the Inspector’s recommended Main Modifications, so that it formed part of the Statutory Development Plan for Tewkesbury Borough.

22.3           In introducing the report, the Interim Planning Policy Manager was pleased to bring the Borough Plan to the Council which was the culmination of many months and years of work involving a large number of Councillors and Officers, extensive evidence gathering, public consultation and public examination. The recent receipt of the Inspector’s report had found the Borough Plan to be sound subject to a number of Main Modifications and could now be formally adopted. This was the reason for the report to Council. On adoption, the Borough Plan would form part of the two-part development plan in the area along with the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) which set out the strategic policy and allocations for Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester. The Borough Plan looked at the non-strategic allocations (consistent with the JCS) and a number of policies which were locally distinctive. The Independent Examination had been rigorous, with 12 sitting days, and had concluded in March 2021. It had encompassed matters of housing, employment, settlement boundaries, gypsies and travellers, landscape matters etc. The role of the Inspector was not to look at individual objections but to consider the overall “soundness” of the plan, including whether it had been positively prepared, had been accompanied by a sustainability appraisal, was consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and had been prepared in cooperation with neighbouring Councils. At the conclusion of the public hearings, the Inspector had submitted an informal conclusion that the Plan was unsound but could be made sound by Main Modifications. Some plans were found to be so defective that they could not even be made sound with modifications so this was good news for the Council, especially given the relatively few Main Modifications required. The Council had considered the Main Modifications in November 2021 and formal consultation had concluded in January 2022 with all responses being sent straight to the Inspector to consider in his final analysis. The Inspector had confirmed that, with very minor changes to the Modifications, the Plan could proceed to adoption. All key documents in the pack were included in the Council report: the report of the Inspector, the list of Main Modifications required, the Schedule of Additional Modifications, the policies map and the sustainability appraisal adoption statement. The Interim Planning Policy Manager suggested it was important to reflect on how vital it was that the Borough Plan should be adopted as it had a particular status once adopted, alongside the Neighbourhood Development Plans when they were ‘made’. In recommending the Plan be adopted, he felt it was worth remembering that the Inspector’s list of Modifications must be accepted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.