Agenda and minutes

Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Tuesday, 21st June, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Secombe Theatre, 42 Cheam Rd, Sutton, SM1 2SS

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Committee Services Team Leader, Tel: 020 8770 5122, Email: 

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Welcome and introductions


The Chair welcomed all to the meeting, particularly those seated in the public gallery and overflow room, the majority of whom were present for the item 5 on the Local Plan consultation.


Apologies and substitutes


Apologies were given by Councillor Jean Crossby, with Councillor Miguel Javelot attending as substitute, and Councillor David Bartolucci, with Councillor Doug Hunt attending as substitute.


Declarations of Interest


No declarations were made.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 22 March 2016.


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 March 2016 are agreed as an accurate record.


Results of Public Consultation on the Local Plan: Issues & Preferred Options and Associated Documents pdf icon PDF 192 KB

This report sets out the response to public consultation, carried out between 18 February and 8 April 2016, on the three principal documents comprising Sutton 2031: the Local Plan Issues and Preferred Options, Sutton Town Centre Masterplan and the draft London Cancer Hub Development Framework.


Appendices A – H in Supplemental Agenda 2




Additional documents:


The Chair briefly introduced the context of the item, highlighting the occasion for further discussion with residents and explaining how the three petitions received in advance of the meeting would be considered.


The Senior Policy Planner, Duncan Clarke, gave a brief presentation on background, definition and legal advice in respect of identifying the gypsy and traveller sites included in the public consultation on the local plan.


Under Standing Order 34.15, the Committee heard from Mr Blake, a local resident, who presented a petition on the subject of Site 87 – the Kimpton Park Way Traveller Site. The main points raised against the proposed site included:

·         The unsuitability of the land;

·         The location of the land next to a busy main road (A217);

·         Council housing stock;

·         Cost and funding of the pitches;

·         The proximity to a cemetery and need for burial space; and

·         The opposition of local residents.


The Chair then invited further questions from the public gallery. The main points put to the Committee included:

·         The need to keep businesses in the Industrial Park as major local employers;

·         Safety concerns;

·         Disruption to local infrastructure;

·         Access to the site;

·         The differences between permanent and temporary sites;

·         Council tax;

·         How site allocations S87 and S94 (Land at the end of Hannibal Way) were determined;

·         Experiences elsewhere in the Borough;

·         Lack of resident consultation and time allocated within the meeting to discuss the subject; and

·         The difficulty of finding relevant information on the Council website.


In response, the Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, Andy Webber, detailed the extensive consultation which had taken place on the Local Plan. It was reiterated that no decision would be made on the evening as to any site and that the consultation had been on issues and options. The Local Plan would come back to Committee in December and there would be further opportunity for consultation. It was emphasised that all points raised during the meeting would be taken away by Officers for further consideration.


It was suggested that any proposed sites for gypsies and travellers be brought before the relevant local committees for further consultation.


Following continued interruptions from the public gallery, and in spite of warnings issued by the Chair, the meeting was adjourned for 15 minutes under Standing Order 14.4 as the business could no longer be heard.


When the meeting resumed, the Committee heard from Mr Carter, a local resident, who presented a petition on the subject of Sites 92 and 98 and the proposal for a new school in Rosehill. The main points against the proposed site included:

·         The proposed location of the school on community-valued park land, in proximity to two other local secondary schools;

·         A lack of longer-term planning;

·         Traffic, parking, litter and anti-social behaviour concerns;

·         A lack of acceptance by the local community for a third school in the area;

·         The dominating impact on the park and a degraded experience for its users.

·         The release of Metropolitan Open Land.


The Senior Policy Planner responded by presenting the need  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


The Sutton Town Centre Masterplan pdf icon PDF 279 KB

This report summarises the comments on the Draft Sutton Town Centre Masterplan (the Draft Masterplan) following consultation (the full schedule of comments is included online as an additional information pack). A number of changes have been proposed to the Draft Masterplan and this report recommends approval of the proposed revised Masterplan (set out in Appendix B).


Appendix B in Supplemental Agenda



Additional documents:


The Programme Manager, Sally Blomfield, briefly presented the report on the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan. Further information on heat mapping was tabled at the Meeting, accepted by the Chair and circulated to Committee Members.


Members raised the following points:

  • Clarification of how cycling would be adequately integrated within the Masterplan, resulting in an amended recommendation (Paragraph 2.1) following discussion.


  • When the detailed work on options for the Sutton Gyratory would take place. The Programme Manager clarified that discussion was underway with Transport for London and that this was a higher tier decision than the Masterplan.


  • Clarification on Recommendation 2.4 as to whether the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee would be examining the whole of Appendix C, to which the Programme Manager responded in the affirmative.


RESOLVED: that the Housing, Economy and Business Committee:


1.    Approves the draft revised Masterplan (as set out in Appendix B), as a promotional tool to help attract inward investment, as part of the evidence base for the Local Plan and as Council guidance and a material consideration in the determination of planning applications, subject to the final report taking into full account the approved cycling strategy and sustainable transport strategy.


2.    Approves the work programme to secure delivery of the Vision identified in the revised Masterplan.


3.    Recommends to the Strategy and Resources Committee that a revenue allocation of £1.2 million for the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan be approved over a three year period (2016/17 to 2018/19).


4.   Recommends that the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee considers and approves the heritage work programme (as set out in Appendix C) for the protection and enhancement of Sutton Crossroads Conservation Area and that authority be delegated to the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, in consultation with the Chair of Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, to agree the submission of a bid to Historic England for funding.



Sutton Housing Partnership Five Year Plan 2016/17 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 178 KB

On an annual basis, the Housing, Economy and Business Committee is invited to approve Sutton Housing Partnership’s (SHP’s) Delivery Plan, in accordance with the provisions of the Management Agreement.



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The Chair welcomed the representatives present from the Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) and the Sutton Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (SFTRA).


Members raised issues with regards to:

  • Paragraph 3.10 of the housing strategy, in particular how many homes were considered substandard. The representative of SHP confirmed that 10.4% properties were currently considered non-decent, equating to approximately 600 properties.


  • The investment required to bring all homes up to standard. The Housing Strategy and Commissioning Manager, Trevor Hart, answered that this was estimated at approximately £10-12 million per year over the next two to three years which would be confirmed under the HRA Business Plan. The Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration, Simon Latham, stated that these figures could be circulated with greater precision to Committee Members following the meeting.


  • The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) mentioned under Paragraph 4.9 of the report in comparison to those included in the Strategy. The Executive Head of Housing and Regeneration stated that leaseholder satisfaction could be added to the KPIs reported back to the Committee.


RESOLVED: that the Housing, Economy and Business Committee:


1.    Approves the Sutton Housing Partnership Plan 2016-2021.



Council Tax Reduction Scheme - Annual Review pdf icon PDF 313 KB

This report sets out the latest position in respect of the Council Tax Reduction scheme, which was introduced 1 April 2013 and following review and consultation during 2014/15 was revised with an implementation date for the changes of 1 April 2015.

Additional documents:


The Executive Head of Business Services (Interim), Julie Turner, briefly introduced the Council Tax Reduction Scheme Annual Review, highlighting two points to be made about the report:

  • The Committee was referred to the Integrated Impact Assessment on page 163 which sets out the equalities issues and should be considered when making decisions on the recommendations in the report
  • An amendment due to a typing error where Recommendation 2.1 should refer to Appendix E and Recommendation 2.2 was withdrawn.


Councillor Nick Emmerson raised some concerns with regards to income banding but would endorse the recommendations.


Councillor David Hicks thanked Officers for their reconsideration of the income bands and believed the best solution had been reached.


RESOLVED: that the Housing, Economy and Business Committee:


1.   Agrees to undertake a consultation into the proposed revisions as set out in Appendix E and for the outcome of the consultation to be presented at the 6 December 2016 meeting of the Committee.


Housing Economy and Business Performance Report pdf icon PDF 184 KB

A covering report to present performance data to committees: each committee will be presented with a score card report generated in ‘real time’ from the Council’s performance management system (Covalent).

Additional documents:


In the absence of a presentation, the Chair invited questions from Members on the Housing, Economy and Business Performance Report.


The Chair added that there was opportunity to bring this back before the next Committee meeting in order to view the presentation.


RESOLVED: that the Housing, Economy and Business Committee:


1.    Considers the performance dashboard relevant to the standing committee.



Economy Watch pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The purpose of this Economy Watch report is to provide a six monthly overview of the Borough’s economic health and its impacts on residents, businesses and the council, as demonstrated by a range of performance indicators. The report draws together contributions from a wide range of council departments, Sutton Housing partnership, Sutton Citizens Advice Bureau and other data sources.


In the absence of the report presenters and in light of the time constraints on the Committee meeting, Members agreed that the item should be brought back before the Committee at the next suitable opportunity.


RESOLVED: that the Housing, Economy and Business Committee:


1.    Defers consideration of the Economy Watch report to a future Committee meeting.



Any urgent business brought forward at the direction of the chair


No urgent business was raised.



Date of next meeting

The next meeting will take place on 27 September 2016.


The next meeting will take place on 27 September 2016.