To receive a report on supporting the delivery of MMDR South.
1) CONFIRMED Melton Borough Council remains fully committed to:
(i) Supporting the delivery of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road South (MMDRS) scheme;
(ii) Honouring its obligations under the Staged Payment Agreement (SPA) with Leicestershire County Council dated November 2021; and
(iii) Discharging any other obligations arising from documents approved by Cabinet at its Meetings in September, October and December 2021.
2) CONFIRMED it remains committed to securing the delivery of the MMDRS in partnership with LCC. To that end, Cabinet:
(i) Noted the progress made in collaboration with LCC following receipt of their letter at Appendix A.
(ii) Confirmed it will explore the options and opportunities to further boost the delivery of housing and associated contributions towards the provision of road infrastructure in the short and medium term, and endorses the approach set out in paragraph 6.3 below; and,
(iii) Confirmed it will explore the potential to secure 3rd party funding for the road should the opportunity arise.
The Leader of the Council
and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services introduced the report,
which set out the background to the Melton Local Plan, the key infrastructure
delivery requirements to maintain an up-to-date plan and the necessity for all
elements of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road (MMDR) North, East and South to
The report also set out the
detail of this Council’s existing commitment to Leicestershire County Council
(LCC) in respect of the MMDR South (and other infrastructure in Melton) and its
importance to the relevance of the Melton Local Plan.
The Leader of the Council
started by thanking the Officers and County Hall for all the hard work that has
been done to progress this issue and hopes as a result the outturn is good and
can be built upon. Good progress was
made in 2021 which led to an agreement with Homes England and LCC for the
housing infrastructure. Inflation has though now created a significant funding
gap for LCC. Melton Borough Council has always been committed to supporting LCC
deliver the MMDR and the new Cabinet remains fully committed to continuing
In moving the
recommendation, the Leader made a number of additional points:
In their June letter, LCC originally requested this
matter be considered by Council, but given no change in our contractual
position is proposed and therefore no Council resolution required, the Council
confirmed to them that it was more appropriate that Cabinet consider and
respond to the matters raised, which the Leader confirmed he was happy that the
Cabinet did now.
Whilst the Council is happy to be as flexible as we
can and look at any options which help deliver the road, it is worth
emphasising that anything MBC does in planning terms will always have to remain
within the boundaries of what is possible within the relevant legislation.
On funding bids, the Council will always be happy
to work with and support LCC on bids which secure additional investment into
Melton, but clearly this doesn’t preclude or prevent MBC from pursuing other
funding bids, for any other priorities we may have, which would remain entirely
a matter for ourselves.
In relation to 6.3, 2(d), it is worth highlighting
that MBC recognise LCC, as the Local Education Authority, has the
responsibility to provide the correct mix and number of school places to
satisfy current and future education needs of a growing population. LCC are of
course entitled to consider how best to meet this statutory requirement in
terms of sites and locations of any schools, and MBC will always seek to
support LCC as it considers its educational delivery plans, provided existing
planning obligations are not prejudiced by any new arrangements.
The meeting went into exempt
session at 4:50pm to enable the details with the exempt appendix to be
considered and discussed.
After a private discussion
the meeting resumed at 5:30pm.
CONFIRMED Melton Borough Council remains
fully committed to:
(i) Supporting the delivery ... view the full minutes text for item 33