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Report of the Head of Planning and Development - Kent County Council Local Transport Plan 4 - Delivering Growth Without Gridlock 2016-2031 - Consultation Response

Decision:

1)  That the proposed response as set out in Section 4 of the report be agreed subject to the following amendments:

 

a)  That the first sentence of the draft response to Question 5 as set out at paragraph 4.10 of the report of the Head of Planning and Development be amended to read: “With respect to rail and bus improvements the document would benefit from clarification as to how KCC will work to influence the new Southeastern franchise from 2018 with regard to London services, in particular to prioritise services to London Cannon Street.”

 

b)  That the first two sentences of the draft response to Question 7 as set out at paragraph 4.17 be retained, and that the remainder of the paragraph be deleted.

 

c)  That the draft response to Question 7 as set out at paragraph 4.18 be deleted.

 

2)  That the response as amended be forwarded to Kent County Council as the Borough Council’s formal response to the Local Transport Plan 4 consultation by the deadline of 30 October 2016.

 

Minutes:

The Planning Policy Manager spoke to the report setting out a draft response to Kent Council’s (KCC) consultation on their Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4): Delivering Growth without Gridlock 2016-2031.

 

The committee was advised that:

 

·  The emerging LTP4 covered the same time period as MBC’s Local Plan.

·  A Leeds/Langley relief road had been included in the LTP4 as a priority.

·  It was felt that MBC’s priorities had not been given prominence in the LTP4 and there may be a lack of synergy between the LTP4 and MBC policies.

 

Councillor Willis addressed the committee as a Visiting Member.

 

During discussion it was noted that a proposed Leeds/Langley relief road had been discussed at the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board, and there had been support for this option to be investigated. It was put forward that references in the draft response to question 7 of the consultation suggesting the de-prioritisation of the scheme should be omitted, namely:

 

·  That the first two sentences of the draft response to Question 7 as set out at paragraph 4.17 be retained, and that the remainder of the paragraph be deleted.

·  That the draft response to Question 7 as set out at paragraph 4.18 be deleted.

 

A Member raised the issue that there was a need for additional rail services to London, and that the borough would benefit in particular from a connection to London Cannon Street. It was put forward:

 

·  That the first sentence of the draft response to Question 5 as set out at paragraph 4.10 of the report of the Head of Planning and Development be amended to read: “With respect to rail and bus improvements the document would benefit from clarification as to how KCC will work to influence the new Southeastern franchise from 2018 with regard to London services, in particular to prioritise services to London Cannon Street.”

 

RESOLVED:

 

1)  That the proposed response as set out in Section 4 of the report be agreed subject to the following amendments:

 

a)  That the first sentence of the draft response to Question 5 as set out at paragraph 4.10 of the report of the Head of Planning and Development be amended to read: “With respect to rail and bus improvements the document would benefit from clarification as to how KCC will work to influence the new Southeastern franchise from 2018 with regard to London services, in particular to prioritise services to London Cannon Street.”

 

For – 9    Against – 0    Abstain - 0

 

b)  That the first two sentences of the draft response to Question 7 as set out at paragraph 4.17 be retained, and that the remainder of the paragraph be deleted.

 

c)  That the draft response to Question 7 as set out at paragraph 4.18 be deleted.

 

For – 9    Against – 0    Abstain - 0

 

2)  That the response as amended be forwarded to Kent County Council as the Borough Council’s formal response to the Local Transport Plan 4 consultation by the deadline of 30 October 2016.

 

For – 9  Against – 0    Abstain – 0

 

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