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Items No. Item
Apologies for Absence
Apologies received from Councillor Patmore (substituted by Cllr Beaver).
Declarations of Interest
Personal – Knows Lead Petitioner
Personal – Works for Environment Agency
Personal – Knows Lead Petitioner
5(a) & 6(a)
Personal - Member of ESCC
Personal – Member of ESCC
Prejudicial – Family member lives near by affected by Public Right of Way
RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 7th April 2021 be approved as a true record.
Notification of any additional urgent items
Planning applications attracting a petition
Erection of new dwelling
Yes – 39 objections and petition received
Councillors Scott and Davies were not present for consideration of this item and did not take part
The Planning Services Manager presented this application for the erection of a new dwelling. She gave some updates on conditions. Condition 10 is updated to provide visibility splays of 2m by 2m on both sides of the access to the carriageway and Condition 31 is to be deleted as it is replicated by Condition 19. Condition 30 has been updated that now prior to development, the exact location of the septic tank will be provided to the Local Planning Authority. An additional Condition was proposed. This requires no occupation of the dwelling until the Local Planning Authority is satisfied the necessary drainage infrastructure capacity is now available.
The Planning Service Manager explained there had been a previous planning application in 2017 which was near identical to this application, this had been approved in 2017 but has now lapsed. Councillors were shown plans, photos and drawings of the application site.The proposed layout was shown next to the approved 2017 application. The Environment Agency have stated a permit would be required for a septic tank but they have no issues in principle with the septic tank being used.
The Petitioner, Mr Bowers was present and spoke against the application. He stated the development will have a huge impact on the amenity of his property. and although an application was granted in 2017 prior to that, one had been refused. He explained that the petitioners have concerns about the environmental impact of the application as the application area is a wildlife corridor and agricultural land required to mitigate flooding. The Petitioner went on to explain that he feels the property will block light into the neighbouring property. He explained his concerns around drainage for the application and suggested it should be connected to the mains sewers.
The councillors asked the Petitioner regarding his statement that the application area is a wildlife corridor. He explained he has seen a lot of animals in his garden. Councillors asked him if he had an issue with any sort of application for building a property on the land. He explained it is the size and type of the development he objects to.
Mr Keene, the agent for the Applicant, spoke in support of the application. He stated the application has not changed from the application made in 2017 which was approved. As the land from the road slopes away there would only be the roof visible from the road. He explained that there have been properties in the area since the 1960’s so any wildlife corridor would have been obstructed since then. There would only be two small bathroom windows which would face neighbouring properties which would be obscure glazed. He stated that the drainage was designed to be sustainable.
Councillors asked the agent if the ... view the full minutes text for item 264a
Other Planning Applications
Yes – 20 objections
Councillor Davies was present for consideration of this item.
The Principal Planning Officer presented this application for the erection of 67 dwellings together with access, open space, parking and landscaping. There are three updates, an objection letter received about loss of green space to housing, affordable housing plan added to the list of approved drawings and drainage details received showing one attenuation tank located under each lane of the entrance to allow maintenance whilst keeping the access open. Councillors were shown plans, photos and drawings of the application site. A proposed layout was shown displaying the main vehicular access from Harrow Lane. A Local Plan design brief showed how this application site adjoins the other housing sites, together with the street scene showing the land levels of the properties and the variety in the designs of the development. The Principal Planning Officer advised that the site had been allocated in the Local Plan for up to 50 dwellings and had outline planning permission for 50 dwellings. The draft Local Plan shows a net capacity of 98 dwellings.
The Principal Planning Officer advised that this is an allocated site where during the Local Plan process it was demonstrated that the local highway network is able to accommodate a housing development as proposed without causing harm to users of the highway. A Transport Statement had been submitted which shows no impact on the roadways around the application site.
The councillors were shown various pictures and drawings to enable them to visualise what the development would look like. They were shown CGI images of the proposed development from a number of different agles. The officer confirmed that the applicants have agreed to 40% of the units being affordable units.
Cllr Edwards as the Ward Councillor addressed the committee and expressed concerns regarding there being 67 instead of 50 dwellings. He said that 12 drawings had been submitted since publication of the agenda and felt that the Committee report was not a full appraisal of the application. He expressed concern that the applicant will come back in a year and say that they are unable to build affordable housing. He also highlighted the open space in the application as not big enough for families to use.
Councillor Scott left the meeting during consideration of this item having declared a prejudicial interest when he became aware of during the Planning Officer’s presentation. Councillors expressed concerns regarding the drainage. The Principal Planning Officer explained the drainage tanks were originally going to be under the vehicular access but now there are planned to be two separate tanks under each side of the access so that the tanks can be maintained whilst still keeping one lane of the access open.
Councillors asked regarding the 40% affordable housing. The Principal Planning Officer explained the applicant agreed to meet the 40% ... view the full minutes text for item 265a
Erection of storage shed to accommodate machinery associated with the management of the field.
Yes – application submitted on behalf of employee in restricted post
The Assistant Planning Manager presented the application for the erection of a storage shed to accommodate machinery associated with the management of the field. Councillors were shown plans, photos and drawings of the application site. No underground works are needed and there have been no objections from nearby residents.
Councillor Beaver proposed approval of the recommendation, seconded by Councillor Bishop
RESOLVED (unanimously) that full planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:
1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of
three years from the date of this permission.
2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with
the following approved plans:
Proposed Floor Plans, Block Plan (Sht-7), Elevations Drawing (es
3. The building works required to carry out the development allowed by this
permission must only be carried out within the following times:-
08.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday
08.00 - 13.00 on Saturdays
No working on Sundays or Public Holidays.
4. All ecological measures and/or works shall be carried out in accordance with the details contained in The Phase 1 Ecology Report and Badger Mitigation Strategy for land at Jenners Lane, by Ecology and Habitat Management Ltd
dated 9/12/20 as already submitted with the planning application and agreed in principle with the Local Planning Authority prior to determination.
5. No development shall take place until temporary protective fences to
safeguard the trees and/or hedges to be retained on the site have been
erected in accordance with the current BS5837:2012: Trees in relation to
design, demolition and construction, standards and to the satisfaction of the
Local Planning Authority. All such fences shall be kept in a sound, upright
and complete condition until the development has been completed and/or
the Local Planning Authority confirm in writing that the works have been
sufficiently completed for the fencing to be removed.
6. All arboricultural and tree measures and/or works shall be carried out in
accordance with the details contained in the Ecological Report (Prepared by
Ecology and Management Habitat Ltd. Dated 09/12/2020) and Arboricultural
Report (Prepared by Barry Holdsworth Ltd and dated 15 December 2020)
submitted as part of this planning application, and agreed in principle with
the Local Planning Authority prior to determination.
1. This condition is imposed in accordance with the provisions of Section 91 of
the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
2. For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
3. To safeguard the amenity of adjoining residents.
4. To protect features of recognised nature conservation importance.
5. To protect trees and hedges that positively contribute to the visual amenity
of the area or contribute to the overall landscaping scheme of the site that
forms an essential part of the overall design of the development. To protect
trees ... view the full minutes text for item 265b
The Committee noted the report.
(Chair closed the meeting at 21:03pm)