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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2017.
The minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2017 were approved and signed by the Chair.
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The Committee is asked to approve the budget for 2018/19, and delegate the Chair of the Committee, in consultation with Committee members, the power to apporve any DfE contingency arrangements of proposals about the future of Kensington Aldridge Academy on the Wormwood Scrubs site.
The Committee welcomed Richard Gill who started in his role as the Wormwood Scrubs Development Manager on 15 January 2018. He provided an overview and noted that he had met with HS2 and projects had been agreed in principle as; removal of Japanese knotweed to create new habitat, woodland management, scrapes and wet woodland, hedge planting, heathland planting and grassland enriched with wildflowers. The next stage would be to appoint a consultant to design these works in more detail. This would include a conservation management plan, to understand the value and use of the Scrubs and a management and maintenance plan to maximise habitat improvement for wildlife. The proposals for the northern boundary were likely to be the most complex and would be influenced by the successes of knotweed removal.
Councillor Elaine Chumnery asked for clarification around the timeline for the removal of Japanese knotweed. Richard Gill explained that the removal of all the knotweed would take at least 3 years and include the removal of some bramble.
Councillor Elaine Chumnery suggested once timelines were confirmed to organise some community engagement work. The Chair welcomed this idea and was keen to get residents and schools on board to improve their understanding of the Scrubs. He also noted that this would be a great opportunity for pupils to gain valuable learning experience.
HS2 Bill – Re-Routing Stamford Brook Sewer Legal Agreement
Richard Gill provided an update and noted that HS2 were exploring the final route proposals for the sewer. Once confirmed, method statements to protect habitats during construction would be provided. He added that the Council had also requested an engagement strategy. Dates for ground investigation works would be fixed after the HS2 contractor had met with the Borough ecologist to confirm locations.
OPDC Local Plan Consultation Responses
The Chair noted that the old oak park royal development corporation was in the process of designating the local heritage listings. These comprise the local list and buildings of local heritage interest and were designated based on their heritage significance. Additionally, details of the local heritage listings were available online. The Council’s design and conservation officers had reviewed the documents and were satisfied with the direction of the document. The Council would issue its formal response to the OPDC by the close of the consultation which would be on 22 March 2018.
Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
Mark Jones provided an update and noted that the department for education (DfE) had contacted the Council to raise the possibility of KAA needing to remain at the Scrubs for a further year. This was not certain and depended on the state of readiness of their permanent site. Currently KAA only had planning permission for 12 months occupation to July 2018. It currently had classrooms for 960 pupils but would need to expand to have enough space for 1150 pupils from September 2018. This meant that the DfE needed to submit a planning application soon to cover ... view the full minutes text for item 4.