Agenda and draft minutes

The City of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Economic Prosperity Committee
Friday, 6th March, 2020 9.00 am

Venue: Ceres Suite - Worksop Town Hall, S80 2AH. View directions

Contact: Catherine Ziane-Pryor  Email: catherine.pryor@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

11.

Welcome and apologies for absence

Minutes:

Appropriate representatives attended as substitutes for the following absent members:

 

Councillor Simon Greaves

Councillor David Lloyd

Councillor Jason Zadrozny

 

12.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

None.

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 237 KB

Of the meeting held on 27 September 2019 (for confirmation)

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2019 were confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

14.

Carbon Reduction Work Update, N2 Councils pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Report of the Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council

 

Minutes:

This item does not contain any decisions subject to call-in.

 

Katherine Marriott, Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, presented the update report on the collective work undertaken by N2 Local Authorities on the carbon reduction agenda following the D2N2 adoption of an Energy Strategy.

 

The report provides statistics for 2017/18 against the challenging D2N2 Energy Strategy Targets which are to be achieved by 2030.

 

The Key Themes have been identified as follows with further detail provided in the report:

 

·  Rationalising each Local Authority’s own estate to improve energy efficiency

·  Planning – reducing carbon emissions from new developments

·  Housing – retrofitting existing stock

·  Leisure – reducing emissions from and offsetting leisure centres

·  Transport and infrastructure – planning for alternative fuel sources for council vehicles and electric charging point infrastructure

·  Procurement – how to influence the supply chain to be more carbon neutral including reducing use of single use plastics

·  Off-setting with confidence and investing in alternative energy sources

·  Acting as community leaders to encourage change within communities

·  Supporting businesses to make their changes.

 

The Committee’s discussion included the following points:

 

a)  This work is welcomed and it is pleasing to hear that all representatives with N2 have attended all 3 working group events. Whilst a lot of LAs have already started work on the environmental agenda and included it within their Local Plans, it is essential that we work collaboratively for the best outcome and to avoid duplication;

 

b)  The broader impact of the recent Heathrow ruling by the court of appeal (that the Government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport failed to consider the UK's commitments to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement and so cannot proceed) should be taken into consideration with regard to how Local Authority environmental and energy plans and commitments are reflected within planning permission and new developments;

 

c)  It was noted that Warwick District Council is holding a referendum to ask residents if there should be a 1% rise in Council Tax to help fund and accelerate delivery of a ‘Climate Emergency Action Programme;

 

d)  With the targets set for 2030 (and some for 2028), the timeline of action is important. There is already good work being undertaken but the supplementary planning measures need to be rolled out as soon as possible;

 

e)  A D2N2 meeting was held last Friday whereby several Local Authority high level representatives from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Architects, Developers and Planners met to try and find as strong as possible routes to swiftly progress the carbon neutral target.  However, it was noted that additional funds need to be found to progress the green agenda;

 

f)  It is important that Local Authority members who sit on Planning Committees take the opportunity to question the green commitment of developers;

 

g)  In a broader context, some LAs need more information and realistic advice to support the meaningful progression of environmental work to combat the climate change crisis. In a recent survey, whilst 25 of approximately 200 LAs had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Midlands Engine Development Corporation pdf icon PDF 328 KB

Report of the Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council

Minutes:

This item does not contain any decisions which are subject to call-in.

 

Anthony May, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council, presented the report which provides an update on examining the feasibility of a Midlands Engine Development Corporation: a single delivery vehicle, initially providing a business case which will be submitted to the Secretary of State for the development of the area around the HS2 line to include the proposed HS2 station at Toton, connecting to East Midlands airport, and the Ratcliffe on Soar power station.

 

The potential developments of the area would include residential, leisure, industry and commerce, with excellent road rail and air links. The power station site is important to Ratcliffe and the owner, Uniper UK Limited, is very progressive in its approach to low carbon energy generation, which will be attractive to industrial and residential consumers. The airport has recently been substantially expanded and has the capacity to be the busiest UK cargo airport in the UK with a huge area provided for logistics operators near to the new rail link.

 

Facilitated by Nottinghamshire County Council Officers, representatives of local stakeholders, including Universities, LEPs, and the private sector investors, have agreed a statement of intent, which is attached to reported appendix A.

 

During the discussion the following points were made and questions responded to:

 

a)  There is potential for construction of a Freeport within this scheme. Central Government has launched this initiative for 10 sites across the country to be designated as Freeports whereby goods enter, are manufactured/assembled, then distributed either within Britain or flown elsewhere, with tax breaks provided. A Freeport must not negatively impact the greater area as a result of displacement. A detailed proposal for East Midlands airport has been formulated by a working group with public consultation closing on 12 April 2020;

 

b)  The wider economic benefits for the County are welcomed as is strengthening of the business case to reopen the Maid Marian rail line, which would further increase connectivity into the County;

 

c)  It is a concern that this scheme could draw investment into the area to the detriment of the North the County. Increasing connectivity to the Newark and Sherwood area may benefit employment, but more assurance is needed with regard to the wider benefit across the County;

 

d)  The overall business case is very exciting and it is good to be ambitious for our citizens, but the inclusion of a Freeport must be very carefully considered, particularly with regard to the implications on the carbon agenda. Carbon offsetting does have benefits but would not necessarily address carbon emission issues within the immediate area. Although the greater scheme is planned over several decades and technology will undoubtedly progress, more detailed information is required with regard to air-quality;

 

e)  The rail line will connect with other areas in the county, and into Lincolnshire, removing freight from our roads and freeing them up for cars. A passenger rail link to the airport is most welcome;

 

f)  This is a whole package  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

D2N2 and Local Industrial Strategy - Update pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Report of the Corporate Director for Development & Growth at Nottingham City Council

Minutes:

This item does not include a decision which is subject to call-in.

 

Chris Henning, Corporate Director for Development and Growth at Nottingham City Council presented the report which updates the Committee on the development of the D2N2 Local Industry Strategy (LIS) and other business.

 

The following points were highlighted:

 

a)  The draft LIS has now been submitted to Government and will be finalised following feedback;

 

b)  Several million pounds has become available from the current Local Growth Programme which must be spent by the end of March 2021 so additional projects will be considered;

 

c)  The individual Place Plans for the for principal D2N2 authorities will be merged into a plan for D2N2 which will recognise the broader D2N2 area, the development capacity, city centre transformation growth zones, innovation sounds and transport corridors to benefit the whole region.

 

Discussion form Committee members included:

 

d)  New bids for the money have to be fully costed with planning permission in place and able to start immediately. Given these requirements provided extreme timeline challenges, it is suggested that such possibilities are taken into account regarding future funds and potential projects;

 

e)  It is suggested that the members of the EPC support each other to ensure that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire gets proportionate funding including developing a project pipeline;

 

f)  D2N2 appears to be moving in a new direction with the positive influence of a new Chair, including better quality bids which has increased member confidence going forward.

 

Resolved to note the latest progress of the development of the Local Industrial Strategy and other D2N2 related issues.

 

17.

Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan (Core Strategy Reviews) pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Report of the Corporate Director for Development & Growth at Nottingham City Council

 

Minutes:

This item does not include any decisions that are subject to call-in.

 

Chris Henning, Corporate Director for Development and Growth, Nottingham City Council, presented the report which informs the Committee that as part of the Core Strategy Reviews, the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan is to be reviewed, as required every five years.

 

a)  The majority policies are already included in several Local Authority Local Plans;

 

b)  Consultation on ‘growth options’ is required with regard to potential development capacity, including residential;

 

c)  Previously, Erewash in Derbyshire has been included within the greater Nottingham area covered by the plan, but it is now to publish its strategic plan independently.

 

The Committee’s discussion and response to questions included:

 

d)  The City Council should  consider the conversion of empty shops for residential accommodation in preference to the expectation that housing development will take place on greenfield areas around the city;

 

e)  There is a commitment to build 4000 homes over the lifetime of the Council Plan within the City which includes 1000 Council or Social homes to be available to rent. The new City Centre strategy has just been published and includes an expectation of higher density development. With regard to vacant shops, there needs to be better understanding of what people want from the City Centre beyond a retail experience, such as somewhere to eat, activities and dwelling a while. It is recognised that retail is going through change and we need to consider different ways to sustain our City and Town Centres and provide the desired amenities;

 

f)  In addition to housing growth, connectivity impact is important and Local Authorities need to be more open to considering different approaches to development;

 

g)  Whilst it may appear illogical that Erewash is considered part of Greater Nottingham, and Ashfield is not, a consultant was commissioned to identify the area for the scope of the Plan and although complicated, multiple aspects were considered at the time in great detail by all parties, and the boundary determined;

 

h)  There needs to be a collective EPC approach towards empty shops, particularly with smaller town centres. Compulsory purchase should not be dismissed, nor bringing shops into the middle of town. Further consideration, possibly in the form of a working group, is required, particularly with regard to investment company landlords which demand high rents and expect local authorities to lower business rates.

 

Resolved to note the report.

 

18.

Future Work Plan pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Report of the Corporate Director for Development & Growth at Nottingham City Council

Minutes:

This item does not contain any decisions subject to call-in.

 

Chris Henning, Corporate Director for Development and Growth, Nottingham City Council, presented the future work plan which proposed items for the next meeting, and invited Committee Members to propose further items for consideration.

 

Resolved to note the following issues proposed for discussion at future EPC meetings:

 

o  Devolution and the prospects for a Combined Authority;

o  Clean Growth and Carbon Reduction

o  Future transport;

o  Preparations for 5G;

o  D2N2 future funding proposals;

o  Housing Developments; and

o  Empty Shops.

 

19.

Date of next meeting

To confirm the date of the next meeting in June 2020, (on the same date as the D2N2 Joint Leaders Board meeting)

Minutes:

This item does not contain any decisions subject to call-in.

 

The date of the next meeting is to be determined outside of the committee, but members requested that future dates are scheduled in advance.