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Revised Hosier Street Area Development Framework pdf icon PDF 715 KB

A report seeking approval of the revised Hosier Street Area Development Framework, following consultation that took place during July-September 2018 on the published draft framework.

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Further to Minute 20 of the previous meeting, the Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services submitted a report seeking approval of a revised development framework for the Hosier Street Area.  The area included the Broad Street Mall, the now vacant site of the former Civic Offices, the Thames Valley Police headquarters, the Magistrates Courts and the Hexagon Theatre.  In the light of the multiple ownerships of the area, it had been decided that a draft framework should be produced to guide future development.

The report explained that a consultation had been carried out during July, August and September 2018.  A longer than normal period of consultation had been provided to allow for the fact that it had taken place over the summer holiday period.  Details of the consultation process had been provided in the Statement of Community Involvement, which was attached to the report at Appendix 1.

The report stated that officers had considered the various representations, as summarised in the Statement of Community Involvement.  This included web form responses that had not been considered at the time that the report for the 21 November 2018 Committee meeting had been drafted.  It also included separate representations made by Historic England in relation to the Revised Framework that would have been presented at the November Committee meeting.  Officer responses had been made in relation to each of the points made in written submissions indicating any actions resulting from consideration of the representation.  Those responses were set out in the Statement of Community Involvement and the Committee was asked to agree them. 

The draft development framework for the area had been revised with the assistance of the retained urban design consultancy, in accordance with the officer responses to points raised through the consultation.  The revised development framework, as attached to the report at Appendix 2, was presented to the Committee for approval and to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.

It was proposed at the meeting that the area be named the Minster Quarter, and therefore the Hosier Street Area Development Framework would be renamed as the Minster Quarter Development Framework.

At the invitation of the Chair, Evelyn Williams, on behalf of the Conservation Area Advisory Committee, Anthony Ihringer, on behalf of the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association, and Councillor Rowland, all addressed the Committee.

Resolved -     

(1)        That the results of the consultation on the Draft Framework, undertaken during July to September 2018, as set out in the Statement of Community Involvement at Appendix 1, be noted;

(2)        That the draft officer responses to individual representations, as set out in the Statement of Community Involvement at Appendix 1, be approved;

(3)        That the Minster Quarter Development Framework (Appendix 2) be approved and adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document;

(4)        That the Head of Planning, Development and Regulatory Services be authorised to make any minor amendments necessary to the revised Framework, in consultation with the Chair of the Committee, and the Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, prior  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.