Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillors Peter Kotz and Jackie Smith.

 

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items or urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Chris Roberts, agreed to consider item 6, Budget Monitoring Report, as an urgent item of business.  

 

The Chair drew the Cabinet’s attention to correspondence, which had been circulated at the meeting, from the following individuals and organisations in relation to the Masterplan Report (agenda item 5):

 

·                    Simplyplanning (letter dated 31 March 2012 regarding the Woolwich Town Centre Masterplan);

·                    English Heritage (email dated 2 April 2012);

·                    Port of London Authority (letter dated 29 March 2012);

·                    Mr Ellson, Secretary Creekside Forum (email dated 30 March 2012);

·                    Ms Carol Kenna, Greenwich Mural Workshop;

·                    Cory Environmental (letter dated 2 April 2012); and,

·                    Wellers Law Group LLP (letter dated 2 April 2012)

 

The Chair also drew attention to the Officer responses to the issues raised in the correspondence which again had been circulated at the meeting.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Members to declare any personal or prejudicial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution, the Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor John Fahy declared a personal interest in item 5 ‘Charlton Riverside, Woolwich Town Centre, Eltham Town Centre and Peninsula West Masterplan Supplementary Planning Documents’ as a trustee of the Maryon Wilson Animal Park Trust; and, Councillor Denise Hyland declared a personal interest in item 5 as a Council appointed representative on the Greenwich Enterprise Board.

 

The Chair, Councillor Chris Roberts, stated that as a planning application had been received in relation to the Gala Bingo Hall site, which formed part of the Woolwich Town Centre Masterplan, it would not be appropriate for Cabinet Members on the Planning Board to comment or vote on the Woolwich Town Centre Masterplan.  Councillors Chris Roberts, Denise Hyland, Sajid Jawaid and Steve Offord remained at the meeting but took no part in the discussion or the vote in relation to the Masterplan for Woolwich Town Centre.

 

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

 

 

4.

Leader's Announcements

Minutes:

There were none.

5.

Masterplans report pdf icon PDF 80 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the outcome of consultation on the creation of four Masterplans and to agree to adopt and publish the Masterplans as Supplementary Planning Documents.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the outcome of the consultation on the creation of four Masterplans.

Agreed to adopt and publish the Masterplans for Charlton Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula West, Eltham Town Centre and Woolwich Town Centre as Supplementary Planning Documents subject to the Masterplan for Woolwich Town Centre being amended to highlight the importance of commercial / industrial use in Site 3 (Arsenal Way) and the creation of employment opportunities; the amended wording to be agreed with the Deputy Leader of the Council prior to publication.

Minutes:

Correspondence from the following individuals and organisations was circulated at the meeting, together with the response from Officers to the issues raised: 

 

·                    Simplyplanning (letter dated 31 March 2012 regarding the Woolwich Town Centre Masterplan)

·                    English Heritage (email dated 2 April 2012)

·                    Port of London Authority (letter dated 29 March 2012)

·                    Mr Ellson, Secretary Creekside Forum (email dated 30 March 2012)

·                    Ms Carol Kenna, Greenwich Mural Workshop

·                    Cory Environmental (letter dated 2 April 2012)

·                    Wellers Law Group LLP (letter dated 2 April 2012)

 

Councillors John Fahy and Denise Hyland declared a personal interest in this item as a trustee of the Maryon Wilson Animal Park and a member of the Greenwich Enterprise Board respectively.

 

Councillors Chris Roberts, Denise Hyland, Sajid Jawaid and Steve Offord remained at the meeting but took no part in the discussion or the vote in relation to the Masterplan for Woolwich Town Centre.

 

The Director for Regeneration Enterprise and Skills introduced and summarised the report.

 

Charlton Riverside Masterplan

 

With the agreement of the Chair, Councillor Chris Roberts, the meeting was addressed by five members of the public.

 

Mr Hill expressed his concern regarding the proposed Charlton Riverside Masterplan and, if agreed, its impact on the area.  Mr Hill stated that the document favoured developers over the needs of local people; and, that the proposals would restrict access to the waterfront. 

 

Mr Gardner, Chair of the Charlton Society and the Rail Users Group, expressed his broad support for the Masterplan and stated that for some time there had been a need for a co-ordinated approach to be taken to the area’s development.  It was stated that there was a need to ensure that Charlton was considered in its entirety rather than the waterfront being developed in isolation.  A number of the specific proposals were welcomed, for example the extension of the Barrier Gardens, the creation of a green corridor along the River Thames and the redevelopment of the pier.  The need to redevelop Charlton Station as a major transport hub was also stressed.  In conclusion Mr Gardner stated that he hoped that in implementing the Masterplan there was a degree of flexibility regarding the zoning of particular sites and that the final document would stress the importance to the area of high quality and well designed developments.

 

Ashleigh Marsh informed the Cabinet that at the meeting organised by the Charlton Riverside Action Group (CRAG) members of the public did express concerns regarding the Masterplan.  Ms Marsh stated that the consultation on the proposals had not been sufficient and that local businesses / employers had not been consulted and, therefore, it should be withdrawn.  The appropriateness of agreeing Supplementary Planning Documents in advance of the Council agreeing the Core Strategy was questioned.  In relation to the proposals it was stated that the Masterplan should focus more on retaining and expanding employment opportunities and that some of the information presented to Cabinet was misleading. 

 

Alan Curtis, PACE Trustees, expressed his concern regarding the extent of the consultation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Budget Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 67 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the Council’s latest revenue monitoring position and matters relating to the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the Council’s latest revenue monitoring position and matters relating to the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account.

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Council’s latest revenue monitoring position and matters relating to the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account be noted.