Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday 31 May 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

20.

Apologies

To note any apologies.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllrs Paul Baker, Nicky Packer and Gina Blomefield. Cllr Patrick Coleman substituted for Cllr Blomefield.

 

One member expressed their concern that the day on which GEGSC meetings were held kept changing, which prevented some members from being able to attend.  

21.

Declarations of Interest

Members of the committee are invited to declare any pecuniary or personal interests relating to specific matters on the agenda.

 

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

22.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting on 31 March 2022.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 31 March 2022 were approved by the Committee.

23.

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee Update

To receive a verbal update on the GEGJC meeting held earlier in the month from the Chair.

 

Please refer to the published forward plan of the GEGJC to suggest any

items you may want to consider at a future meeting of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

Scrutiny members are invited to attend the GEGJC meeting in an observer

capacity.

 

Please refer to the following link to view the agenda, supporting documents and the Economic Dashboard for the GEGJC meeting:

 

https://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=725&MId=10737

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update from Cllr Tony Dale, Chair of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee, on the GEGJC meeting held earlier in the month.

 

Members were informed that the GEGJC had considered three requests for funding from the Strategic Economic Development Fund; a report on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; a presentation on transport decarbonisation; and updates from GFirst LEP and on the GCC Economic Dashboard.

 

One member requested further information on transport decarbonisation from Cllr Dale, particularly how this related to rail travel in Gloucestershire. 

 

Colin Chick, Executive Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure, explained that members of this Committee had been invited to attend a joint meeting with the Environment Scrutiny Committee to receive a presentation on transport decarbonisation. He reminded members that the evidence makes clear that a change in everyone’s behaviours was required in order to achieve significant carbon reduction.

 

He added that in terms of rail transport, the role of the County Council was to lobby, and a number of improvements to the rail network had been achieved through that. Lobbying was still on going for the electrification of the rail network in Gloucestershire.

 

There was a further question about the detail of the SEDF bid from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) for its ‘Innovation Village’ Project. In response, Cllr Dale explained that it was his understanding that the RAU was looking to improve its infrastructure in order to expand on its research capability for sustainable agriculture at a time of global need. The funding would be used to develop a new innovation campus, which would include a research and development building.

 

It was requested that an item on sustainable transport be included in the work plan for the GEGSC.

24.

Modern Methods of Construction - Developers pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive presentations from Vistry Homes and Bellway Homes on Modern Methods of Construction.

 

This is the third presentation the Committee has received looking into Modern Methods of Construction.  

 

Minutes:

The Committee received two presentations from housing developers on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

 

The first presentation was delivered by Nigel Lush and Shane Cox from Vistry Homes. Members were informed of the following:

 

·         Vistry Homes mainly relied on traditional building methods, however they had embraced the use of the Smart Roof, which they had been using for the last 2 years.

·         To traditionally fit a roof on a two and half story build, it would take 4 to 6 weeks, could be labour intensive as well as time consuming, and resulted in waste from cutting.

·         The Smart Roof was trialled on the homes being built at Hunt’s Grove in Quedgeley.

·         It took just 1 to 2 days to put up a Smart Roof, which was fitted and made in a factory before being transported to the building site.

·         Once up, the Smart Roof just needed to be tiled and finished.

·         The Smart Roof was safe, clean, water tight, and efficient.

·         The advantages and disadvantages of installing an MMC Pod Unit were discussed.

·         Advantages of this type of construction included quicker construction timescales, reduced waste on site, the accuracy of the material having been completed in a factory, and increased safety due to less man hours on scaffolding.

·         The disadvantages included the increased cost, particularly as group deals could be secured on traditional materials, and purchaser nervousness with new technology, as opposed to traditional bricks and mortar.

 

The second presentation was delivered by Peter Trodden from Bellway Homes. Members were informed of the following:

 

·         MMC technologies were categorised from 1 to 7.

·         Bellway had trialled category 1 methods through the construction of ILKE modular homes, who were market leaders in this type of construction.

·         The advantages of this volumetric construction included the speed of completion, the factory controlled environment, and the reduced storage of site materials.

·         The disadvantages included the cost, higher design requirements, lack of flexibility to overcome site restraints and timescales, and customer perception.

·         In terms of category 2, Bellway widely constructed homes with timber frames in Scotland.

·         The advantages of this type of panelised construction included the speed of build, low carbon production, health and safety benefits and the removal of wet trades.

·         The disadvantages included the cost, longer design period, lack of flexibility with time scales, customer perception and fire concerns.

·         Category 3 related to pre-fabricated components, such as roofs, stairs, and dormas, which had been used by Bellway for a number of years.

·         The advantages of using these included the speed of construction, health and safety benefits, and consistency and quality control.

·         The disadvantages included a lack of flexibility, reliance on third party manufacturers, and logistics.

·         The other category occasionally used by Bellway was category 5 in the form of bathroom pods.

·         This type of pre-manufacturing non-structural assemblies included the speed of build, health and safety benefits and consistency.

·         There have been issues with getting building materials and skills on site currently.

·         4 new building regulations had been introduced this year which focused on construction  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Executive Director's Report pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To note the attached update report from Colin Chick, Executive Director of Economy, Environment & Infrastructure.

 

This report is to be taken as read. If members of the Committee have any questions, these should be emailed to Laura Powick in Democratic Services who will liaise with officers to provide a written response.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the report.

26.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To review the committee work plan and suggest items for consideration at future meetings.

Minutes:

It was requested that items on sustainable and public transport, and on the independent retail sector be added to the work plan.

 

It was also suggested that consideration be given to each district council hosting a meeting of the Committee to consider presentations from each district on their economic growth vision.

 

A lead member work planning session would be held in June to consider the work plan for the Committee for the rest of 2022. Members were asked to submit any further suggestions by email to be considered at that meeting.

27.

Future meetings

To note the dates of future meetings:

 

21 July 2022

22 September 2022

29 November 2022

Minutes:

The Committee noted the future meeting dates.