To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking Members’ approval of the draft Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (attached as Appendix A to the report) for public consultation.
Members were reminded that the Essex Coastal RAMS was a joint initiative between 12 Essex Authorities to identify the recreational impacts new homes would have on the habitat sites along the Essex Coast. The report provided further detail regarding the benefits of the SPD. This Committee had previously approved the draft Essex Coastal RAMS Strategy for public consultation in January 2019 which had been further amended in March 2019 following comments received from Natural England. The Strategy was set out at Appendix B to the report and the schedule of changes at Appendix C.
It was highlighted that approval for public consultation was being sought from all Authorities and it was expected that the consultation would take place in Autumn / Winter 2019.
The Chairman reminded Members that this was a consultation document. In response to a question, the Chairman confirmed that recommendation (ii) would need revising should changes to the SPD be required following October 2019 when the Council’s new Committee structure was in place.
(i) That the draft Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance Mitigation Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (RAMS SPD) be approved for stakeholder and public consultation.
(ii) That the Committee agree that the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, in consultation with the Planning and Licensing Committee Chairman (or appropriate Committee Chairman post October 2019), be authorised to make changes to the draft Supplementary Planning Document should it be necessary prior to the consultation commencing (see paragraph 3.9 of the report).