Venue: Virtual Zoom Meeting
Contact: Sue Lewis
Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.
To note the minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2020.
The minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2020 were approved and electronically signed by the Chairman.
Presentation by consultants Tibbalds to describe work on the Otterpool Park Design Code to date, followed by workshop discussion.
Julia Wallace, Masterplanning Project Manager introduced the item informing members that the Design Code is an important tool which will be a rolling guide for the Otterpool design. It is a unique opportunity for the Council as the landowner and planning authority to get it right.
The work around the Design Code will take place in stages, the first on the strategic code with the other phases to follow.
Sue Rowlands and Evelyn Wong, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd presented members with the following:
The importance of this design code is that it has clear instructions, clear and concise information through design, colour and tables and not too wordy.
Comments related to the design code were answered by Tibbalds; several comments noted below related to wider matters associated with the planning application and will be for the planning committee to consider.
Members commented on the following:
Sue Rowlands advised members that there are 4 steps to develop a Design Code:
Within these 4 steps officers will look at the topography of the site, characteristics of the site, heritage features, transport links, flora and fauna, housing and what is the public face of Otterpool.
Officers must look closely at the transport links already there and how they will become part of the development, particularly in respect of the A20 which is already heavily used. Creating a network of streets, not only for cars but cyclists and pedestrians alike.
Additional comments made by members as follows: