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Apologies for Absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 158 KB


The minutes of 6th July 2022 meeting were approved as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor A Cooper and seconded by Councillor P Turner)


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




There were no declarations of interest.


Update from the Chair


There was no further update from the Chair on any items not otherwise covered on the Agenda.


Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

Update on responses received to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee.




Consideration of Matters referred to the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee from Cabinet or Council

(Discussion item)


No new items had been referred.


Statement of Community Involvement and Local Development Scheme pdf icon PDF 82 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Skills, Planning, Economy & Waste)


Additional documents:


The Portfolio Holder for Skills, Planning, Economy and Waste introduced the Report in relation to the adoption and publication of a new Statement of Community Involvement and Local Development Scheme for the Committee’s consideration prior to the report being put before Cabinet.


The Committee commented and sought clarifications in the following areas:

1.    Whether the Council would sign up to the plain English campaign as part of this process.  The Portfolio Holder reported that activities to sign up to the Plain English Campaign could be considered separately from this item.

2.    How engagement with the widest public audience could be achieved to ensure that local people had an opportunity to comment on proposals as part of this process and whether it would be possible to directly contact residents living locally to sites identified for major development.  The Planning Policy and Delivery Team Leader reported that the advice of the Communications team would be sought to assist on reaching the widest audience and in terms of directly engaging with residents local to major developments, this would be something to take forward later in the process.

3.    In the planning application process, currently when an item was considered by the Planning Committee there was a maximum of 2 public speakers supporting (including the agent / applicant) and 2 public speakers objecting to an application (in each case a speaker was limited to 3 minutes).  Could consideration be given to increasing the number of speakers to ensure full public engagement? The Portfolio Holder supported the proposal to ensure public participation and had previously identified that the 3 minute duration could be reviewed.

4.    In the Local Development Scheme, there was no explicit reference to joint working with the relevant highway authorities (Staffordshire County Council and Warwickshire County Council) and it was agreed that they would be specifically named.


The Committee considered the recommendations within the report.  Recommendations 1 and 2 were not approved as the comments above were relevant to them.  The Committee raised one further recommendation.


RESOLVED that the Committee recommend to Cabinet

1.    that authority be delegated to the Planning Policy and Delivery Team Leader to make any minor typographical amendments to the documents before or after publication; and

2.    that Cabinet investigate the opportunity of increasing the time and number of speakers at Planning Committee.


(Moved by Councillor R Ford and seconded by Councillor B Price)


Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation pdf icon PDF 91 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Skills, Planning, Economy & Waste)

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The Portfolio Holder for Skills, Planning, Economy and Waste introduced the Report to seek the Committee’s endorsement of the proposals and recommendations to be made to Cabinet in respect of the launch of an issues and options consultation as part of the development of the new local plan for Tamworth.


The Committee commented and sought clarifications in the following areas:


1.    The Committee reiterated the importance of as much community engagement and consultation as possible during this process.  The Committee suggested that as many different means of engagement be utilised as possible to support community involvement and understanding of the process, including digital methods.

2.    It was noted that it was important for members of the public to understand that this was the time for their involvement on proposals and that the document needed to be transparent in terms of the scale of housing need in the Borough which under the Standard Method demonstrated a need to deliver 2961 homes by 2043, and whether the figures could be highlighted earlier in the document.

3.    Clarification was sought on whether the figures for average house price in the Borough were up to date and it was agreed that this would be reviewed and the report would be updated to include the date for the relevant figure.

4.    In terms of the 10% Biodiversity Net Gain statement at 6.1.3 whether it would be possible to include within the Local Plan a statement to not unnecessarily remove trees or hedgerows from boundaries of our developments.  It was noted that this was an item for discussion later on the committee’s agenda as well.

5.    In terms of the green belt, it was reported that whilst this had to be included within the options, it would be the last resort.

6.    The Committee queried whether in terms of affordable homes and the amount of these on qualifying developments whether there should be further evidence / guidance available to help the public decide on the balance between affordable homes versus additional infrastructure given limited resources.  It was reported that at this early stage, the Council was seeking the initial views of the public in relation to this balance and that further evidence would be made available through the process.

7.    The Committee considered that the wording at 6.2.6 (i) needed further consideration and clarification.  The Committee questioned the current wording and whether it accurately reflected the current position. The Portfolio Holder clarified that this point related to permanent sites, and that this would be reworded.  It was agreed that, following relevant updates to explain the different types of provision (permanent traveller sites and migratory traveller sites), the wording of this document would be re-circulated to the Committee members to check the wording.

8.    Whether there could be further consideration given to building houses for rent and for affordable rental property in the Borough, and whether there was evidence on the need within the Borough for more affordable rental properties.  It was reported that a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.


Petition to Stop the Netting of Hedges in Tamworth pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider and, if appropriate, make recommendations to full Council following referral of the matters related to the Petition to Stop the Netting of Hedges in Tamworth.




The Chair reported that following the Committee’s consideration of this matter at its meeting of 6th July 2022 and the queries raised by the Committee about the use of pre-commencement conditions, he had received further information from the Assistant Director.  In summary, the inclusion of pre-commencement conditions required the consent of the developer, and there was concern that developers may not agree such conditions and could appeal them. 


The Chair reported that an alternative suggestion for the Committee to consider would be to enhance the Validation Criteria which the Council used for planning applications.  This criteria must be complied with by applications at the start of the process.  The Chair highlighted that there was currently a Council consultation underway (closing on 20 September 2022) with regard to the Validation Criteria for planning applications. Consideration could be given to the inclusion of a compliance method statement as part of the submission by relevant applications.


The Committee discussed the type of wording which could be considered for inclusion in any updated Validation Criteria and considered the Guidance available on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website.  It was noted that the precise wording for such criteria would require the input of the county ecologist.


RESOLVED that the Committee recommend to Council that the Planning Validation Criteria is reviewed and reference is made to include the RSPB Guidance on hedges and netting in consultation with the County ecologist.


(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor S Peaple)





Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)


Browse plans - Cabinet, 2022 :: Tamworth Borough Council



There were no further items identified form the Forward Plan for consideration by the Committee.


Working Group Updates

To receive updates from any Working Groups


Councillor B Price reported that there was no update at this time on the Facilities for HGV Drivers working group.


The Chair reported that he planned to meet with the Chair / Vice-Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee to discuss which Committee was best placed to take forward any further scrutiny work on the migrant travelling community item.



Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 63 KB

(Update and discussion on the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Work Plan)


The Committee discussed the work plan, and utilisation of certain buildings within the Borough was raised. It was noted that the Corporate Scrutiny Committee had an item on Asset Management Strategy on its work plan and the Chair would liaise with the Chair of Corporate Scrutiny to minimise any areas of duplication.


The Committee updated it’s work plan as follows:


  Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan



14 September 2022

Net Zero – baseline reporting

14 September 2022

Future High Street Fund

11 October 2022

Amington local centre

11 October 2022

Dual Stream (recycling service) quarterly update

Quarterly updates

Future High Street Fund

Quarterly updates

Dual Stream (recycling service) updates


Reset & Recovery updates

Date to be confirmed

Council Housing Repairs Policy

Date to be confirmed

Review of policy / engagement with stakeholders relating to migrant travelling community 

Date to be confirmed

Fire Safety Update

Date to be confirmed

Town Hall

Date to be confirmed

Funding of public toilets (link to HGV working group)

Date to be confirmed

Strategy for older buildings

Date to be confirmed

Review of Taxi Licensing Policy – Points System

Date to be confirmed

CCTV update


Working Groups



Possible WG Members

Target IS&G Com meeting date

Review of policy / engagement relating to migrant travelling community



Facilities for HGV Drivers in Tamworth

Cllrs B Price (WG chair) Cllrs S Daniels and M Cook


Transport integration

Cllrs R Ford (Chair), A Cooper, S Peaple and P Turner



Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

Meeting dates:

14 September 2022

11 October 2022

22 November 2022

18 January 2023

23 March 2023