Agenda and minutes

National Park Authority
Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019 12.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room, Plas y Ffynnon, Cambrian Way, Brecon LD3 7HP. View directions

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Correspondence

To receive and consider the attached Schedule of Correspondence and any recommendations thereon (below).

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The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and apologised for the later start due to the earlier meeting of the Planning, Access and Rights of Way Committee which was longer than anticipated.  He welcomed the Delivery Director in the absence of the Chief Executive.

 

Apologies for absence were noted.

 

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Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members relating to items on the agenda.  Members’ attention is drawn to the sheet attached to the attendance sheet and the need to record their declarations verbally and in writing, specifying the nature of the interest.

 

If Members have declared an interest in an item please ensure that you inform the Chair when you are leaving the room, so that this can be recorded in the minutes.

 

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Mr J Stedman declared a personal, non-prejudicial interest in item 8 (Crickhowell Conservation Area) as his property was within the proposed extended boundary.

 

It was confirmed that local authority members did not need to declare an interest in items 9 and 10.

 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 84 KB

NPA – 25th June 2019

AGM – 28th June 2019

EGM – 30th July 2019

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RESOLVED:

 

a)  To approve the minutes of the NPA held on 25th June 2019 with the insertion of the apologies given by Cllr S Evans, and authorise the Chair to sign them as a true record;

 

b)  To approve the minutes of the AGM held on 28 June

2019 and authorise the Chair to sign them as a true record.

 

c)  To approve the minutes of the EGM held on 30 July 2019 and authorise the Chair to sign them as a true record.

 

 

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Minutes of meeting Friday, 3 May 2019 of Audit and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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RESOLVED:  To receive the minutes of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee held on 3 May 2019.

 

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Public Speaking

To give opportunity for members of the public to address the meeting in accordance with the Authority’s Public Speaking Scheme.

 

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There were no requests to speak.

 

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Chairman's Announcements

To receive a verbal report on meetings and events attended by the Chairman since the last meeting of the Authority.

 

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The Chair advised of events he had attended on behalf of the Authority at the Royal Welsh Show in July and referred to the successful launch of the Nature Recovery Action Plan.  He paid tribute to Richard Booth of Hay on Wye, who had recently died and who had contributed so much to the success of the town.  He expressed sympathy to Mr Booth’s family on behalf of the Authority.

 

The Deputy Chair briefed members on the work being progressed with the graziers in the west of the Park through the Meithrin Mynydd Working Group.  The group would continue to work with the Welsh Government on future agri-environment schemes and the Biodiversity and Land Management Champion advised that discussions were also taking place about using demonstration areas within the Park.

 

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Chief Executive's Announcements

To receive a report from the Chief Executive on meetings attended and progress made on Authority business since the last meeting of the Authority.

 

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The Chief Executive had circulated his announcements to all members.

 

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Crickhowell Conservation Area Review Consultation Draft pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Members considered a consultation draft presented by the Senior Heritage Officer.  The Heritage Champion welcomed the draft and the separation of Crickhowell and Llangattock in recognition that they were two different communities with distinct characteristics.  He encouraged the use of the document as a tool to complement the Place Planning work and conserve and enhance the heritage.  Officers confirmed that the conservation area process arose out of the place planning.

 

A member raised the issue of what period of architecture the conservation area was aiming to conserve, and highlighted the proposed omission of buildings from the 1960s while proposing to include much newer buildings.  He felt these were retrospective decisions.

 

The Biodiversity and Land Management Champion felt it was a very professional document and hoped that a similar one could be developed one day to demonstrate an equal understanding of the natural environment.

 

RESOLVED:  To approve the publication of the Crickhowell Conservation Area Appraisal (Consultation draft) for the purposes of an 8 week public consultation.

 

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Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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Members considered amendments to the Supplementary Planning Guidance to reflect decisions made at the Authority meeting on 25 June 2019 in respect of commuted sums.

 

RESOLVED: to endorse the amended Appendix 6 of the enclosed guidance note (Enclosure 1) as Supplementary Planning Guidance to Policy 28 Affordable Housing of the Local Development Plan.

 

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Affordable Housing Strategy pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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Members considered an amended strategy which was intended to ensure that all money collected for the provision of affordable housing within the National Park area was spent in accordance with the greatest areas of housing need.

 

Several members queried the omission of some local authorities in terms of housing need across the Park.  Officers advised that while there was a need for housing in those constituent authorities, this was generally not the case for the small amounts of land within the Park, and data had been used from current waiting lists.  However, they were happy revisit this.

 

In response to a question about whether commuted sums could be spent just outside the Park boundary officers advised that it was preferable to spend the money in the area in which it had been generated within the Park.

 

A member pointed out the difference between low cost housing for rent and for purchase and officers advised that they were guided by Welsh Government definitions on this.  Another member asked about prioritisation of spending and officers advised that there was no sales schedule and also that there were no settlements in the Torfaen part of the Park which would generate commuted sums.

 

Ms D Perkin left the meeting before completion of this item.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a) That members endorse the Affordable Housing Strategy (edition 3) for use in the processing of commuted sums collected by the Authority for the purposes of providing Affordable Housing.

 

b) That the previous edition of the Affordable Housing Strategy (edition 2, June 2018) be revoked.)

 

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Member Champion Reports

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The Landscape and Biodiversity Champion reported on the recent Key Work Area Group meeting, where it had been agreed to bring forward a Position Statement on Climate Change for discussion at the Policy Forum Meeting on 27 September.  In addition officers were asked to bring forward a paper to a future meeting of the Policy Forum to agree an Authority view of the scope, objective, intended benefits and outcomes of the Authority’s  'Woodland Focus' (NRAP action 3.2), and how this would inform the National Park Management Plan review and actions required to secure delivery.

 

In order to address the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity decline, the Authority needed to show leadership in three key areas:

  1. Restore peatland ecosystem function
  2. Regenerate, extend, create and re-connect native broadleaved woodlands

3.    Adopt and promote sustainable land management – which in practice means reducing land management intensity to deliver the first two priorities.

 

The Member Champion advised of meetings that had taken place with key partners to discuss the scope and opportunities for woodland regeneration and restoration in the Park and reported on a visit he had made last month with Simon Evans (CEO of Wye and Usk Foundation) to the eastern slopes of Sugar Loaf where what they saw confirmed the potential for natural regeneration of native broadleaved trees beneath bracken. He showed some slides to illustrate this.

 

The full report will be filed on the intranet.

 

The Volunteer Champion had spent a morning with volunteers working on restoring pine martens in the Talybont area.  He highlighted an event at Craig-y-nos Country Park on 7 September which would provide an opportunity to talk to volunteers.

 

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Gifts & Hospitality

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Members were reminded to declare any gifts and hospitality received.

 

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Access to Information

 

1.    RECOMMENDATION: to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of item 16 in accordance with section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

2.    RECOMMENDATION: to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of item 17 in accordance with section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 12 and 14 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

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RESOLVED:

 

a)  To exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of item 16 in accordance with section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

b)  To exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of item 17 in accordance with section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 12 and 14 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

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Govilon Line

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Members considered proposals to resolve an encroachment onto Authority land.

 

Cllr M Jones and Cllr E Durrant left the meeting before the completion of this item.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)  To authorise the Delivery Director to negotiate the sale of the freehold of land concerned and undertake all obligations to comply with any statutory requirement relating to disposal of land, in line with the terms and requirements outlined in this report;

 

b)  In respect of future encroachments or requests for sale of small parts of land (not limited to the Govilon Line), to delegate to theDelivery Director the option to sell such freehold on the same basis (when value does not exceed £5k);

 

c)   To authorise the Monitoring Officer to update the delegations and other parts of the Constitution to reflect recommendation (i) and (ii).

 

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Proposed Redundancy of Retail Administration Assistant Post

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Members considered recommendations in respect of a post previously agreed by the Authority to be at risk.  They reiterated their view that these matters were operational and sat within the delegation to the Head of Paid Service and asked the Monitoring Officer to expedite this change to the Scheme of Delegation.

 

RESOLVED:

 

a)  That Members endorse the operational decisions being taken in light of the consultation on the proposed redundancy to achieve the required budgetary savings without the need to make the post redundant.

 

b)  That Members note that the required savings have been achieved by: a) Reducing the contracted hours for the post from 858 hours per annum to 550 hours per annum b) Changing from a weekly contract to an annual contract, so that these hours could be flexible with the seasonal demands of the role.

 

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Any Other Business

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There was no further business.