Next LAT meeting will be the 9th January 2018

with special guest Katy Bourne – Police and Crime Commissioner

Meeting in the Gates Room of Calvary Church, Viaduct Road. 18:30 with refreshments beforehand

For your diary:  9th January 2018 (with special guest Katy Bourne – Police and Crime Commissioner) and thereafter on second Tuesday of the month unless anounced otherwise.

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Welcome to London Road Area LAT – Brighton, Sussex, UK

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The dates of upcoming meetings are:  9th January 2018 (with special guest Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne). We meet in the Gates room of Calvary Church, Viaduct Road, by kind permission of the Trustees.

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The Local Action Team (LAT) is a voluntary community group which was formed in late 2008 after heart-felt public expressions of concern about the state of London Road, Brighton. Since then London Road has “been on the up” and has changed hugely for the better.

The LAT has been a major partner in these improvements and has had some sort of involvement with virtually all the successful contributory projects.

The LAT brings together traders and residents, ward Councillors, the neighbourhood policing team, council officers, and representatives of local residents’ and traders’ groups. The aim is to work for agreed goals in partnership, and provide a forum for viewpoints to be aired and debated.

  • How can I raise an issue? Just come along, meetings are open to anyone living or working in the area. You can email in if you like.
  • Where in Brighton? The London Road LAT is in the St Peters and North Laine ward, and covers the northern end of the ward. The boundaries are; Ditchling Rise to the north, Ditchling Road and the Level to the east , St Peters Church to the south and the New England Quarter to the west. (see map).
  • Where do you meet? Meetings are held at the Calvary Church ,Viaduct Road (next to the firestation at Preston Circus) on – usually, in 2017 – the second Tuesday of each month (not August) at 6.30pm.
  • Who chairs? The LAT is currently chaired by local resident Rev. Philip Wells. He can be contacted by email philipwells@btinternet.com.
  • Minutes of previous meetings are available from the menu above, agenda for the upcoming meeting is to be found below (usually a few days before the meeting).

 

Further information and other local groups

future of Community Rail consultation: deadline 28th January 2018

From Seaford-Brighton like community rail partnership –

Dear Seaford-Brighton Community Rail stakeholders,

The government has published its consultation for the future of Community Rail https://www.gov.uk/government/news/community-rail-stations-of-the-future-to-be-shaped-by-new-blueprint-for-success . The deadline is 28th January 2018.

Clearly SCRP Ltd, the  line steering group partners and the partners to the Strategic Advisory Board will wish to comment on this.

If your organisation is responding to the Department for Transport, do please copy us in.

Kind regards,

Kirsten Firth

Community Rail Development Manager

Sussex Community Rail Partnership

Lewes Railway Station, Station Road, Lewes BN7 2UP

kirsten@sussexcrp.org    07891 556897  www.sussexcrp.org

 

Community Infrastructure Levy consultation – deadline 10th December

From Clare Flowers MRTPI, Principal Planning Officer, Policy, Projects and Heritage Team

Dear LAT Chairs

Thank you for inviting me to come to your meeting on Wednesday.

I hope I passed on the message that we are at the beginning of a statutory process of bringing in a levy and the current consultation (on the consultation portal) is mainly focused on the proposed charging rates for new development and the zones for residential development charges.  As voluntary bodies whose activities benefit the area we are consulting with you. The consultation ends on 10 December.

 

Consultation on the proposed charges in your area

 

To find out what proposed zone your area is in see the maps on page 12 – 14 of the  Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. To find out what the proposed charge is for new residential development in your zone see page 7 of the same document (it will either be £175; £150 or £75 per square metre of new residential development).  There is a minimum of 100sq m of residential development allowed before a CIL charge is applied so this does not usually affect household extensions. New units created which are under 100sq m will also be charged for, unless they are self-build or affordable housing units. If you have any comments on this document including the zones or charges then please let us know through the consultation portal. You will see that there are also proposed citywide charges for new purpose built student accommodation and retail.

 

Neighbourhood Portion

 

We talked about the neighbourhood portion of the levy which will only be available once the Levy is in place and has been collected for at least 6 months. Please see the timetable for CIL at the bottom of this email.

 

In localities without a parish/town council this is what the government says about the neighbourhood portion:

 

‘Communities without a parish, town or community council will still benefit from the 15% neighbourhood portion (or 25% portion, if a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order has been made). If there is no parish, town or community council, the charging authority (in our case Brighton & Hove City Council will be the charging authority) will retain the levy receipts but should engage with the communities where development has taken place and agree with them how best to spend the neighbourhood funding. Charging authorities should set out clearly and transparently their approach to engaging with neighbourhoods using their regular communication tools eg website, newsletters, etc. The use of neighbourhood funds should therefore match priorities expressed by local communities, including priorities set out formally in neighbourhood plans.

The government does not prescribe a specific process for agreeing how the neighbourhood portion should be spent. Charging authorities should use existing community consultation and engagement processes. This should include working with any designated neighbourhood forums preparing neighbourhood plans that exist in the area, theme specific neighbourhood groups, local businesses (particularly those working on business led neighbourhood plans), and using networks that ward councillors use. Crucially this consultation should be at the neighbourhood level It should be proportionate to the level of levy receipts and the scale of the proposed development to which the neighbourhood funding relates.

Where the charging authority retains the neighbourhood funding, they can use those funds on the wider range of spending that are open to local councils (see ‘Can the levy be used to deliver Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace?’, and regulation 59C). In deciding what to spend the neighbourhood portion on, the charging authority and communities should consider such issues as the phasing of development, the costs of different projects (eg a new road, a new school), the prioritisation, delivery and phasing of projects, the amount of the levy that is expected to be retained in this way and the importance of certain projects for delivering development that the area needs. Where a neighbourhood plan has been made, the charging authority and communities should consider how the neighbourhood portion can be used to deliver the infrastructure identified in the neighbourhood plan as required to address the demands of development. They should also have regard to the infrastructure needs of the wider area. The charging authority and communities may also wish to consider appropriate linkages to the growth plans for the area and how neighbourhood levy spending might support these objectives.’

(The above paragraph can be found using the following link to government guidance about spending Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/community-infrastructure-levy#spending-the-levy. This is the link I said I would supply you with at Wednesday’s meeting.)

 

In non-parished areas, the City Council will hold the funds, but will work with the local community to decide how to spend the money using the above government guidance including ‘priorities set out formally in neighbourhood plans’

 

 

Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Planning

 

We also discussed definitions of neighbourhood. Neighbourhood areas and neighbourhood forums are part of a national programme of neighbourhood planning – a way for local groups to take a lead on planning for the future of their area. In our city we have 4 Neighbourhood Areas. Please click through to the following link for more information about neighbourhood planning in Brighton & Hove:

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/planning/neighbourhood-planning

 

 

Timetable

 

Here is the timetable for introducing Community Infrastructure Levy:

 

 

 

Date Key Stage
Oct 2017 Publish Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for eight week consultation following Committee resolution
Spring 2018 Following committee resolution, publish for consultation:

  • Draft Charging Schedule (revised following PDCS consultation);
  • Proposed draft annex update to Developer Contributions Technical Guidance intended to operate alongside a CIL Charging Schedule; and
  • Draft CIL Regulation 123 List to identify infrastructure eligible for CIL spending
Autumn 2018 Examination of Draft Charging Schedule and supporting documents
Spring 2019 Adopt CIL charging Schedule following a resolution of Full Council

 

 

To conclude, we are not at the stage in the process where there are many concrete answers to specific questions that may arise around the neighbourhood portion.

 

Like many regulated systems CIL will take a couple of years to bring forward and the amount to be returned back to each neighbourhood is still unclear. For example the proposed charging schedule amounts may be changed as a result of the consultations or by the planning inspector who oversees the examination in public; the local portion returned will be dependent on how much development actually occurs within that area; neighbourhoods may decide to come together and form new neighbourhood areas or forums and create a Neighbourhood Plan; and work is required to understand what local infrastructure communities will prioritise in relation to the sums provided.

 

I hope this goes some way to make the issues clearer.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Clare Flowers MRTPI

Principal Planning Officer

Policy, Projects and Heritage Team

City Development and Regeneration

Brighton & Hove City Council

clare.flowers@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Tel: 01273 290443

www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

 

Please note that this is an informal officer opinion only and does not prejudice the decision of the Local Planning Authority on any future planning resolution.

Police Precept consultation – deadline 5th January 2018

This is from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office:

Good morning,

The Commissioner has launched a county-wide consultation asking members of the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex to sustain our service.

The Commissioner is very keen that she can reach out to as many residents as possible across the county and the consultation will close at midnight on Friday 5th January 2018. I would be grateful if you could let your members/peers/networks know about the consultation, which is on our website, or can be requested by contacting the office on 01273 481561.

https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/public-consultations/

Kind regards

Natacha Skelton
Partnership Development   Officer

 

International Food and Wine – licensing panel revoke licence

There was a hearing on Friday 1st December 2017 when Police and Council Trading standards were pressing the Council Licensing Panel to revoke the license of International Food and Wines on Preston Road.

At the hearing the licence holders were accused of a string of failures including selling alcohol to minors, sale of alcohol without proper labels in English, and a catalogue of evasion and shortcomings in their co-operation with the licensing authorities.

The LAT was represented at the meeting to press the panel to ensure that  Licence Holders to uphold high standards in our area.

The panel decided to revoke the licence.

The premises have 21 days within which to appeal.

The decision of the panel can be found here.

Level Communities Forum – AGM coming up

From the Level Communities Forum:

Our AGM will be on 20 November 2017 at 6pm. We need to plan ahead to encourage more local people to come along and get involved. We are looking out for new people on our Committee and ideas for our next Level Best Festival. Funding is an on-going issue and we need to plan ahead to maintain our programme of activity. The AGM agenda will include guests to share thoughts and experiences.