Agenda and minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Tuesday, 21st November, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

    Apologies were received from Councillor Falcon.


    Apologies were received from the following Members:


    Councillor Dennis;

    Councillor Falcon;

    Councillor Grove;

    Councillor R Potts;

    Councillor Dixon, substituted by Councillor Taylor;

    Councillor Curran, substituted by Councillor Partington;

    Councillor Martin, substituted by Councillor Bayford



Declarations of Interest

    To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest form attached at the back of this agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that form and hand it to the officer clerking the meeting and then take the prescribed course of action.


    There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 99 KB


Draft Thanet Local Plan - Publication stage pdf icon PDF 356 KB

    Additional documents:


    Councillor Lin Fairbrass, Deputy Leader introduced the report and made the following correction to Paragraph 2.31 of the report after the sentence ending “…new settlements”:


    The Council sought additional advice on the potential role of new settlements in meeting increased housing demand.”


    Mr Solly and Mr Stevens were invited by the Chairman to address the Panel as part of the Scheme for Public Participation.


    Councillor Brimm spoke under Council Procedure rule 20.1.


    The Panel discussed the report and made the following comments:


    ·  Concerns were raised about evidence presented in the draft Local Plan in relation to the former Manston airport site and that consultation responses had not been given enough weight.

    ·  Concerns were also raised regarding economic development strategy and employment.

    ·  Policies relating to rural development and housing were contradictory and there were not enough guarantees made in relation to the improvement of infrastructure.

    ·  It was queried whether the letter regarding intervention powers from Secretary of State for Communities would apply to Thanet’s particular circumstances.


    Madeline Homer, Chief Executive advised the Panel that the Council had not yet responded to the letter from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government but that DCLG’s intervention was possible if the Local Plan was not progressed.


    It was proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Councillor Campbell:


    “That the Overview & Scrutiny Panel recommend to Cabinet:


    a)  That Cabinet agree the proposed changes to the draft Local Plan set out in the report and that the draft Local Plan, Sustainability Appraisal and draft Transport Strategy be published under Regulation 19 for a period of 6 weeks to allow comments to be made;

    b)  That Cabinet agree to publish the Thanet Landscape Character Assessment for comment, with the intention of adopting it as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD);

    c)  That Cabinet recommend to Council that, following the Publication period, the draft Local Plan be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination; and

    d)  That Cabinet agree the proposed amendments to the Local Development Scheme.



    Upon being put to the vote, the motion was declared LOST.


Fees and Charges 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 10 KB


Report on Rejected Petition pdf icon PDF 95 KB


Review of OSP Work Programme for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 174 KB


Forward Plan and Exempt Cabinet Report List for 08 November 2017 - 31 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 98 KB