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Chairman shall propose that the minutes of the meeting of this Committee, held
on 19.01.2023 be signed as a true record.
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minutes of the previous meeting of this committee held on 19 January,
2023 as a true record.
scrutinise the evidence base, the area options and the favoured option for
introducing the Article 4 Direction in the Gwynedd Local Planning Authority
Area to enable the management of the transfer in use from residential dwellings
to holiday use (second homes and holiday accommodation).
the report, noting the observations made during the meeting.
to the Cabinet to approve the favoured option in terms of introducing the
Article 4 Direction, namely Option 4: The whole of Gwynedd (Gwynedd Local
Planning Authority Area)'.
that the planning policy officers should re-visit the threshold to define
over-provision of holiday accommodation and second homes in communities, during
the process of drafting the new Local Development Plan.
The report was presented by the Cabinet Member for the Environment,
Assistant Head of Environment Department and Team Leader (Joint Planning Policy
Unit, Anglesey and Gwynedd). Attention was drawn
briefly to the following principal points:
were reminded that three further class uses had now come into effect,
C3 - Main Residence
C5 - Second Home
C6 - Holiday accommodation
- It was
confirmed that house owners could change the use class of their houses without
a planning application and the Article 4 Direction would control this, by
adding the enforcement to make a planning application prior to changing the use
class of their houses.
- It was
emphasised that introducing the Article 4 was a way to manage housing stock
within areas, and therefore facilitating the ability of local people to buy
housing within their communities.
- It was
reported that the process of introducing the direction was new and
unprecedented and it was confirmed that the department was in the process of
receiving legal counsel for the different aspects of the process.
- It was
explained that the Article 4 direction was not relevant to the Eryri National Park planning authority area. However,
officers in the department were working closely with the Park
to share benefits/experiences.
- It was
reported that there had been an increase in the numbers that transferred from
being a residential unit to being a holiday accommodation business paying
- It was
noted that consideration had been given to a series of area options before the
officers concluded on the best way of introducing the Article 4 Direction,
Option 1: Dwyfor
(Government pilot area)
Option 2: Community/Town/City Council areas
where the current provision of holiday homes is greater than 15% of the housing
Option 3: Vulnerable Areas (areas under threat)
Option 4: The whole of Gwynedd (Gwynedd Local Planning
It was confirmed that the officers' research
suggested that the favoured option to introduce the Article 4 direction was the
whole of Gwynedd (Option 4). However, it
was noted that it was not possible to be certain of the implications to the
area. It was assumed that this was the simplest option going forward as there
would be no doubt which areas fall under the control of the direction - apart
from areas under the planning control of the Eryri
National Park area.
were given an opportunity to ask questions and offer observations. During the
discussion, the following matters were raised:
noted that he was pleased that the recommendation was clear but was concerned
about the possible impact on areas under the excess threshold for second homes
and holiday accommodation of 15% of the housing stock.
The Assistant Head of the Environment Department explained that the implementation of the Article 4 direction would not change planning policies and the policies of the Joint Local Development Plan, would continue to be operational following the introduction of article ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
information on ensuring clean and tidy communities.
To accept the report, noting the observations made during the
report was presented by the Cabinet Member for Highways, Engineering and
Gwynedd Consultancy, the Head of Highways, Engineering and Gwynedd Consultancy
and the Assistant Head. Attention was drawn briefly to the following principal
It was explained that the street cleaning
service covered all the public and adopted roads managed by the Council. These
have been split into zones in accordance with their use:
zones - town centres mainly
zones - comprise residential areas mainly
zones - comprise the less intensive areas which include rural county
was confirmed that the waste and recycling collection service had recently been
transferred to the Environment Department and this had given officers an
opportunity to re-visit how the provision was delivered. The tidying-up service
continued to be under the management of the Highways, Engineering and Gwynedd
It was explained that a review of the service
had been undertaken. Generally, it was
recognised that the work of the service was very good, however, there were
financial and health and safety matters to be addressed. It was reported that a timetable had been set
to address the routes in the most efficient way by the end of the summer.
were given that Keep Wales Tidy held an annual independent survey on street
was explained that the department was undertaking trials of 'Brighter
Bins'. Five bins were part of the trial,
and they use solar power and modern technology to make an automatic request to
the department to be emptied when they are full.
was discussed that teaching children and the people of Gwynedd, as well as
raising awareness of the effects of litter, was part of a process of changing
behaviour to achieve long-term environmental benefits.
It was reported on the Department's intention
to combine street cleaning, enforcement elements and the tidying-up teams as
one new Street Scene service.
Members were given an
opportunity to ask questions and offer observations. During the discussion, the
following matters were raised:
response to enquiries by members, the Head of the Highways, Engineering and
Gwynedd Consultancy confirmed that enforcement teams currently faced capacity
difficulties that led to a delay in the installation of new dog excrement bins
after the department had received requests.
However, it was confirmed that the Tidying-up Teams aimed to distribute
bins as soon as possible and confirmed that only a limited number of bins were
stored in the Council's possession.
member noted that some individuals threw litter out of their cars. The member
asked would it be possible to be more pro-active in the places where this was a
regular problem e.g. lay-bys. In response, the Head of Department noted
that the location mentioned by the member could be looked at to trial such an
A member asked if there was a comparison of the costs linked to litter clearance and emptying bins. In response, the Head of Department noted that ... view the full minutes text for item 6.