Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Tuesday, 8 December 2020 6.30 pm

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572.

Apologies and substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Gibbens and Smith, with the following substitutions authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10:

 

Councillor Sheppard-Bools for Councillor Gibbens

Councillor Collett for Councillor Smith.

573.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 10 November 2020.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Bray, seconded by Councillor Hollick and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the previous meeting be confirmed as a correct record.

574.

Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from Members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor R Allen on behalf of himself and Councillors C Allen, Boothby, Collett and Roberts declared a personal interest which might lead to bias in application 20/00919/OUT as a fellow councillor had an interest in the site. He stated that they would leave the meeting during consideration of the item.

 

Councillor Collett declared that he had previously objected to application 20/00779/OUT but stated that he was attending the meeting with an open mind.

 

Councillor Sheppard-Bools stated that he had spoken on a previous application for Ashfield Farm, Kirkby Road, Desford but had come to this meeting with an open mind.

575.

Decisions delegated at previous meeting

To report progress on any decisions delegated at the previous meeting.

Minutes:

It was reported that the decision in relation to application 20/00407/HYB had been issued. Application 20/00462/FUL was subject to a S106 agreement.

576.

19/00464/OUT - Factory Units, 23 Wood Street, Hinckley pdf icon PDF 505 KB

Application for residential development of existing industrial site (Outline - access, layout and scale only).

 

Late items received after preparation of the agenda:

 

Introduction:-

Following the publication of the committee report, concern has been raised by local residents that with the loss of the car parking provision on the site and the potential for additional car parking from future residents there is a need for parking permits to be introduced in the area.

 

Concern has also been raised whether each proposed unit would have adequate natural daylight into the habitable rooms.

 

It has been noted that the committee report contains an error in the figure for the off-site commuted sum for affordable housing.

 

Appraisal:-

Residential amenity of future residents

Condition 4 seeks to impose a maximum number of residential units on the site. An assessment will need to be made at the reserved matters stage to ensure that this number of units can be accommodated on the site and that provision can be made for each unit to have adequate useable floor space and natural daylight to all habitable rooms. Based on this assessment at reserved matters stage, a lower number of residential units may only be achievable on the site. A planning condition should be imposed to ensure that detailed floor plans and window details are submitted with the reserved matters for appearance.

 

Parking Provision

As discussed at paragraph 8.54 in the committee report, there are on-street parking restrictions during the daytime along the roads in the vicinity of the site. Whilst the site layout submitted with the outline application demonstrates that car parking provision could be achieved for 37 car parking spaces, condition 19 is recommended to be amended to allow an assessment of whether additional car parking provision can be provided within the site on areas shown for soft landscaping and to ensure appropriate parking is provided for the provision of housing to be accommodated on site.

Discussions have also been undertaken with the parking team responsible for the Council’s car parks who has confirmed that parking permits for existing residents could be made available which would allow them to park in the daytime at the Alma Street and Druids Street Car Parks.  There are no restrictions in the evening and overnight after 6pm to 8am on the surrounding streets.

 

Section 106 Agreement

The off-site commuted sum for affordable housing should read £48,708.00 instead of £72,113.00.

 

Recommendation:-

The recommendation contained in the Committee Report should be amended to read as follows:

·                The completion within 3 months of this resolution a S106 agreement to secure the following obligations:

·                     £48,708.00 as an off-site commuted sum for affordable housing.

·                     £1585.00 towards civic amenity facilities at Barwell.

·                     £970 towards library facilities at Hinckley Library.

·                     £19,400.40 towards the cost of providing additional health care accommodation for 85 patients in Hinckley.

·                     Off-site open space contribution towards the public open space at Hollycroft Park, Argents Mead and/or Queens Park of £37,697.10 and £20,017.20 for maintenance costs.

·                     Planning conditions outlined at the end of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 576.

Minutes:

Application for residential development of existing industrial site (outline – access, layout and scale only).

 

Notwithstanding the officer recommendation that permission be granted, some members felt that the issues raised about overlooking required more investigation and the positioning of block A should be reconsidered. It was moved by Councillor Bray and seconded by Councillor Hollick that the application be deferred for up to two months to look into these matters. Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED – the application be deferred for up to two months to discuss the abovementioned concerns with the applicant.

577.

20/00779/OUT - Land East Of Roseway, Stoke Golding pdf icon PDF 726 KB

Application for residential development of up to 65 dwellings including public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure (Outline- access only).

 

Late items received after preparation of the agenda:

 

Consultations:-

Four further objections, from three separate addresses, have been received since the agenda was published which raise no new issues to those highlighted in the committee report.

 

Appraisal:-

Play and Open Space

The applicant has clarified the typologies of the open space which are shown on the indicative details. The updated details are as follows:

 

 

Policy Requirement per dwelling (sqm) based on 2.4 people per dwelling using CENSUS average

Requirement of open space for the proposed development of 65 dwellings

(square metres)

Provided on site

On site maintenance (20 years)

Off site provision

 

Off site maintenance (10 years)

Equipped Children’s Play Space

3.6

234

400

 

£70,240.00

0

0

Casual/

Informal Play Spaces

16.8

1,092

1,300

£14,040.00

0

0

Outdoor Sports Provision

38.4

2,496

0

0

£22,588.80

£10,732.80

Accessibility Natural Green Space

40

2,600

6,200

£88,040.00

0

0

 

The amount of open space on site has not changed and the indicative plan remains the same, confirmation of its typology has been provided which amend the maintenance contributions which would be required.

 

Recommendation:-

Amend the on-site open space maintenance contribution to read:

·                On site open space maintenance contribution £172,320.00

Minutes:

Application for residential development of up to 65 dwellings including public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure (outline – access only).

 

It was moved by Councillor Findlay and seconded by Councillor Flemming that permission be granted.

 

It was subsequently moved by Councillor Collett and seconded by Councillor R Allen that permission be refused and that voting on this motion be recorded.

 

Being the first valid motion, the motion by Councillor Findlay and seconded by Councillor Flemming was put to the vote and CARRIED. It was therefore

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)            Permission be granted subject to:

 

a.    The completion within three months of this resolution of a S106 agreement to secure the following obligations:

 

·         Provision of 40% affordable housing with a tenure mix of 75% affordable rented and 25% intermediate housing

·         £1,890 towards Hinckley library

·         £3,219 towards Barwell Household Waste and Recycling Centres

·         Off-site open space provision contribution of £22,588.80 and maintenance contribution of £10,732.80

·         On-site open space maintenance contribution of £160,916.80

·         £262,656.00 towards improving, remodelling or enhancing existing facilities at St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, Stoke Golding, or any other school within the locality of the development

·         Bus passes at £360 per pass

·         £100 towards improvement to local bus stops

·         £32,910.31 towards Castle Mead Medical Practice to Stoke Golding Surgery

 

b.    The conditions contained in the officer’s report.

 

(ii)           The Planning Manager be granted powers to determine the final detail of planning conditions;

 

(iii)          The Planning Manager be granted delegated powers to determine the terms of the S106 agreement including trigger points and claw back periods.

 

Councillor Boothby left the meeting at 7.45pm.

578.

20/00984/OUT - Ashfield Farm, Kirkby Road, Desford, LE9 9JX pdf icon PDF 633 KB

Application for residential development of up to 120 dwellings (Outline - access only).

 

Late items received after preparation of the agenda:

 

Consultations:-

The Council is in receipt of one further letter of objection following the publication of the

Committee agenda rising the following points;

1)        The proposal will diminish an area of countryside pathway to Kirby Mallory, which is heavily used for recreation.

2)        Out of all the recent developments this one crosses the line the most

 

Appraisal

No additional comments are considered to be necessary from those set out in the original report.

 

Recommendation:-

The recommendation remains unchanged from that set out on the agenda.

Minutes:

Application for residential development of up to 120 dwellings (outline – access only).

 

Notwithstanding the officer’s recommendation that permission be granted, it was moved by Councillor J Crooks and seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools that permission be refused due to proposing development in the countryside, not protecting the intrinsic value, beauty and open character of the countryside location and creating an increase in vehicular movements and therefore creating an impact on highway safety. Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED – Permission be refused for the following reasons:

 

(i)            The application proposes development in the countryside, where its built form would be at odds with the site’s current open character. The development does not protect the intrinsic value, beauty and open character of this countryside location and is therefore contrary to policy DM4 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies DPD 2016;

 

(ii)           The development would create an increase in vehicular movements in a location which is adjacent to a school and recreation ground which, along with the residual cumulative impacts on Kirkby Road which is a narrow approach road where on street car parking is prevalent, would result in the development having a severe impact on highway safety and is contrary to policy DM17 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies DPD 2016.

 

Having declared a personal interest which might lead to bias in application 20/00919/OUT, Councillors R Allen, C Allen left the meeting at 8.02pm.

579.

Appeals progress pdf icon PDF 337 KB

To report on progress relating to various appeals.

Minutes:

A report which updated on progress in relation to appeals was presented. It was moved by Councillor Findlay, seconded by Councillor J Crooks and

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted.

580.

20/00919/OUT - 14 Chesterfield Way, Barwell, LE9 8BH pdf icon PDF 500 KB

Application for residential development for 5 dwellings (Outline- access and scale).

 

Late items received after preparation of the agenda:

 

Consultations:-

The Council is in receipt of two further letters of objection following the publication of the Committee agenda making the following points:

1)        The density of the proposed dwellings on the site are not in keeping with the surrounding properties

2)        If the proposal was reduced to two or three dwellings it would reduce the number of cars therefore reducing noise and pollution

3)        The proposed dwellings are too close to the boundary resulting in noise pollution and a lack of privacy

4)        Overdevelopment will lead to an increase in cars which could also result in inappropriate parking on pavements and grass verges

5)        The proposed development land is higher than surrounding properties and the lack of garden space will increase flood risk in the area

6)        None of the affected parties bothered to engage with neighbours at the time of the sale of the affected property and subsequent consolidation of number 14

7)        The garage to plot 2 should be moved back, it is immediately adjacent to the structure at number 9 Belle Vue Road which will be a security risk

8)        The view of the houses into our back garden will affect our value and quality of life

9)        No provision has been made for suitable fire tender access and egress

10)     No provision for vehicles to pass each other and no provision for visitor parking on the site

11)     Impact on nature conservation will be huge. The ecology survey stating there is no evidence of bats is incorrect

12)     The road, parking and services shall remain part of the property site and not adopted by the council

 

Comments have been received after re-publicising the application from LCC Ecology and HBBC Environmental Services (Drainage) who do not object to the revised proposal.

 

Appraisal:-

No additional comments are considered to be necessary from those set out in the original report.

 

Recommendation:-

The recommendation remains unchanged from that set out on the agenda.

Minutes:

Application for residential development for five dwellings (outline – access and scale).

 

Having declared a personal interest which might lead to bias in this application, Councillors Collett and Roberts left the meeting at 8.03pm. Councillors C Allen and R Allen had already left the meeting prior to the previous item.

 

Notwithstanding the officer’s recommendation that permission be granted, it was moved by Councillor W Crooks and seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools that permission be refused. Following further debate, Councillor W Crooks, with Councillor Sheppard-Bools’ support, withdrew his motion.

 

It was subsequently moved by Councillor Crooks and seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools that the application be deferred to discuss reducing the number of proposed dwellings on the site with the applicant. Upon being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED – the application be deferred.