Agenda and minutes

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Election of Chair and Vice Chair

(NB: In accordance with the Council’s Constitution the Chair and Vice-Chair of this Committee must be a County Councillor).


RESOLVED that Councillor D Sellis be elected Chair and Councillor K Ball Vice Chair for the remainder of the municipal year.




Minutes of the meeting held on 29 July 2019, previously circulated


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 July 2019 be signed as a correct record.



Items requiring urgent attention

Items which in the opinion of the Chairman should be considered at the meeting as  matters of urgency.


No item was raised as a matter of urgency.



Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Management Plan 2020-2025 pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Joint Report of the Cornish Mining Team and DCC Head of Service for Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/20/35) attached


Additional documents:


(Councillor P Sanders declared a personal interest by virtue of his membership of the Tavistock Historic Heritage Trust)


The Committee considered the Joint Report of the Cornish Mining Team and Devon County Council’s Head of Service for Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/20/35) on the process for, and progress in, reviewing the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (WHS) Management Plan. The draft final plan (attached to this Report) was subject  to formal and approval by the Cabinet Member for Community, Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Services prior to adoption.


Devon County Council Officer and Member representatives for the World Heritage Site have been involved in the development of the reviewed Site Management Plan throughout the process.  The Devon County Council’s Officer response on the draft document, submitted as part of the public consultation process, was forwarded to the WHS Partnership Board in August 2020 and its recommended amendments had been incorporated into this draft of final plan.


Local Authorities were now being asked to adopt this final version of the reviewed and updated Management Plan. 


The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (CMWHS), also known as “Cornish Mining”, was Inscribed by UNESCO on its World Heritage List in 2006.  The World Heritage designation covers ten geographical areas, nine in Cornwall and one in Devon covering the Tamar Valley and Tavistock.  


The purpose of the Management Plan was to create a strategic policy framework within which the various management interests could operate.  To do this it explained the reasons for designation, described the WHS and its key features, defined how it was  protected, outlined the key management issues and defined policies and strategic actions. 


Three appendices accompanied the Plan, including the World Heritage Site Area Statements A1-A10, and these can be viewed online at:


The Committee also received a presentation from the Devon County Council’s Archaeologist and Historic Manager and the World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, (Cornwall Council), (Presentation attached).


Members’ comments and discussion points with the Officers included:


·         South West Local Plans referred to the WHS Management Plan to align policies and strategies;

·         individual planning application for renewable energy projects for example would be considered on their individual merits within the context of the Plan where Climate Change was prioritised as a key feature;

·         policies in the Plan to promote sustainable tourism and economic activity;

·         the implications of the forthcoming The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consultation on its White Paper ‘planning for the future’ on planning reforms on which a response had been made by the WHS Plan Team; no details were available and the implications therefore remained uncertain; and

·         representation on the WHS Partnership of local authorities which included Tavistock Town Council and the value of the Town as a World Heritage site.


Councillor P Sanders MOVED, SECONDED by Councillor J McInnes and 


RESOLVED that the World Heritage Site Management Plan be endorsed prior to its proposed formal adoption by Devon County Council through a delegated Cabinet Member decision.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.



Local Member Updates

An opportunity for Members to update the Committee on community initiatives and responses to service changes in their own division.


Local Member updates included:


(a) Councillor D Sellis reported on

·         the local Health and Wellbeing alliance and work with the Community voluntary Service and social prescribing; and

·         a Teams Virtual meeting organised for 25 November at 18:00 hours with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the local Police Superintendent to discuss local road safety and other issues.


(b) Councillor P Sanders reported that the Grenovan speed warning signs had been erected; and concerns from the local farming community of the Brexit implications and importation of food.


(c) Councillor J McInnes

·         similarly reported on concerns from the local farming community about the implications of Brexit and food imports and that representations had been made to the local MP;

·         commended the work of the local Parish and Town Councils in supporting their communities during the pandemic lockdown working with the County Council;

·         reported the success of the highways ‘doing what matters’ pilot in his division which had been completed highlighting maintenance priorities identified by local communities and expectation that it would be rolled forward to other divisions; and

·         reported on monitoring of the 20mph experiment in Newton Abbot which could be implemented in other communities if successful.


(d) Councillor K Ball

·         also commended the work of voluntary groups in Okehampton in which he was involved in supporting their community during the pandemic lockdown;

·         referred to a new Remembrance Day Commemoration  ‘remembrance stones’ to be placed on the local memorial;

·         traffic speeding issues around Lewdowm in which he was involved;   

·         reported the ceremonial return of Road Marker stones to Okehampton ‘stolen’ by a scout group from Hertfordshire in the 1950s; and

·         the on-going public traffic consultation in Newton Abbot.