The following Notices of Motion have been received:-
(i) Planning Policy
THIS COUNCIL notes:
The evolving Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and the present consultation on the Bury Local Plan that closes on the 30th November.
In the coming months and years it is highly likely that developers will submit planning applications for large scale development within the Borough which will massively impact on our road infrastructure and the provision of school places within Bury.
Within the Town and Country Act 1990, section 106 allows a local planning authority to enter into a legally-binding agreement or planning obligation as a way of delivering or addressing matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms. Education and school places provision together with local road infrastructure are clearly necessary planning requirements for large scale development within the Borough.
It is highly concerning that Bury MBC has no set policy to address these issues within our planning framework.
THIS COUNCIL resolves:
1. To request the Chief Planning Officer produce a draft policy to enable a standardised approach for calculating education 106 agreements seeking to make development acceptable in terms of education by ensuring that the need for additional pupil places generated by new developments are mitigated by developer contribution. That this report be available for Council to consider and vote upon at the next full meeting of Council and if acceptable that it should be included in the Bury Local Plan.
2. To request the Chief Planning Officer produce a draft policy to enable a standardised approach for calculating road infrastructure 106 agreements seeking to make development acceptable in terms of highways by ensuring that the significant extra road usage which flows from developments of over 25 dwellings and the substantial long term maintenance costs to the taxpayer are mitigated by developer contribution. . That this report be available for Council to consider and vote upon at the next full meeting of Council and if acceptable that it should be included in the Bury Local Plan.
3. To ensure these policies are implemented in a transparent way and to ensure full public confidence in the planning process within the Borough to impose a requirement that for all development of over 25 dwelling the viability assessment provided by the developer be made public.
In the names of Councillors R Caserta, P Cropper, J Daly, I Gartside, D Gunther, M Hankey, J Harris, R Hodkinson, K Hussain, N Jones, G Keeley, O Kersh, S Nuttall, I Schofield, D Silbiger, R Walker, and Y Wright
(ii) Homes Fit for the Future
This Council notes:
1 The long overdue announcement by Government of a relaxation in the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap potentially allowing local councils to build more new council housing.
2 The need for more, high quality, affordable homes within the Borough.
3 Current strategies, at a national and Greater Manchester level, to address carbon emissions, air pollution, and in support of active travel.
This Council believes:
1 That every effort should be made to ensure that new homes that are build should be ‘fit for the future’, which should include:
- Low carbon energy efficiency homes, with solar panels, underfloor heating, and high quality insulation, doors and windows - both reducing carbon emissions and future fuel costs.
- Clean air, with electric charging potential ‘designed-in’ and sustainable street trees on new roads as a norm.
- Active lives built in, with high quality cycling provision and ‘child-friendly’ low speed or shared space a standard for new residential roads.
2 That in new homes that we as an Authority have a role in building should endeavour to set high standards for the future as set out above
This Council therefore resolves:
1 To play our role as a future builder of homes, by ensuring that new homes that we build, directly or in partnership with others, meet the standards set out above and set an example to others.
2 To ask the Cabinet to receive an update on this issue during the 2019-20 municipal year.
In the names of Councillors M D’Albert, T Pickstone and S Wright.
(iii) Police Funding
This Council notes:-
·The increasing pressures facing Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and acknowledges that, like other police forces, GMP is reaching breaking point, with unprecedented levels of cuts since 2010.
·That although the announcement by GM Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Police, Bev Hughes, that an additional 100 officers will be allocated across GM through the Police precept is welcome, the Government’s lack of consideration for the Police service during the recent budget announcement is disappointing.
•That with a forecast reduction of 24% in overall staffing numbers and a 20 per cent reduction in officers Greater Manchester, the Police have suffered disproportionately from the nationwide cuts to Police resources. In stark terms that equates to around 2,000 fewer Police Officers than in 2010, and for Bury that has meant a loss of about 50 Police officers.
·That it is important for GMP to maintain a visible community safety presence in our neighbourhoods, maximize the number of Police Officers, prioritise service improvements and ring-fence our community safety fund.
• That demand for GMP has gone up significantly as they are now having to deal with more recorded and complex crimes. The latest Home Office statistics show that in the 12 months to the end of June 2017, GMP recorded 294,581 crimes. This is an increase of 31% on the previous 12 months.
•That this this already bleak picture is compounded by the recent request from the Treasury for Police Forces to meet the £420m Pension bill, on top of the 19% cut in Police funding since 2010, would mean an estimated 10,000 fewer Police officers on Britain’s streets. This has culminated in the National Police Chiefs' Council threatening legal action against the Government.
•The Police grant settlement we have been receiving from the Government has not been sufficient, and has meant a significant shortfall on the policing budget for GMP. This has meant the need for the precept level to be raised to £12 for the 2018/19 financial year, thereby imposing the funding shortfall on every Greater Manchester resident.
This Council resolves:-
•To call on the Government to accept that Policing across the country is underfunded and recognise that despite this no additional funds were made available in the recent budget settlement.
•To call upon the Leader of the Council, the Leaders of all Political Groups, the Members of Parliament for Bury North and Bury South and the Mayor for Greater Manchester to write to the Home Secretary to request a review of the Police Grant settlement so that Greater Manchester can receive a fair settlement from Government and not have to place this burden on Greater Manchester taxpayers, many of whom are already struggling due to Government cuts.
In the names of Councillors N Bayley, J Black, S Briggs, R
Cathcart, A Cummings, J Grimshaw, M Hayes, S Haroon, T Holt, M
James, D Jones, J Kelly, K Leach, G McGill, E O’Brien, C Preston, A
Quinn, T Rafiq, R Shori, A Simpson, R Skillen, L Smith, S Smith,
Sarah Southworth, Susan Southworth, T Tariq, K Thomas, J
Walker, S Walmsley and M Whitby.