Planning Committee - Tuesday, 21 March 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Owen  Democratic Services Manager Email:

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Apologies and substitutions


Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2023.


Additional urgent business by reason of special circumstances

To be advised of any additional items of business which the Chairman decides by reason of special circumstances shall be taken as matters of urgency at this meeting. Items to be taken at the end of the agenda.


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.



To hear any questions in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.


Decisions delegated at previous meeting

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


21/01390/FUL - Barrow Hill Quarry, Mill Lane, Earl Shilton pdf icon PDF 408 KB

Application for the erection of 21 residential holiday lodges and a management building with associated vehicular accesses, parking, surface water balancing and landscaping


Late items received after preparation of main agenda:




Further comments have been received from LCC Highways summarising the below;


The Local Highway Authority Advice is that, in its view, the impacts of the development on highway safety would not be unacceptable, and when considered cumulatively with other developments, the impacts on the road network would not be severe. Based on the information provided, the development therefore does not conflict with paragraph 111 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2021), subject to the conditions and/or planning obligations outlined in this report.




Condition 1 – Construction traffic management plan

Condition 2 – Access road reconstruction and management

Condition 3 – Access arrangements

Condition 4 – Vehicular visibility splays

Condition 5 – Parking and turning facilities

Condition 6 – Existing gate relocation

Condition 7 – Existing boundary treatment

Condition 8 – Trees and Shrubs


22/01227/OUT - Ashfield Farm, Kirkby Road, Desford pdf icon PDF 757 KB

Outline application for residential dwellings of up to 120 dwellings, all matters reserved, except for access


Late items received after preparation of main agenda:




Representation received from County Councillor Bedford in objection of the application and raising the following points:


·                Unsuitable location close to primary school

·                Access is via estate roads and congested junctions

·                Contrary to Desford NP.


22/00499/FUL - Land Rear of 10 Hill Close, Peckleton pdf icon PDF 436 KB

Application for the construction of stables and change of use of land to equestrian use (re-submission of 22/00092/FUL)


Late items received after preparation of main agenda:




Following Committee in February the revised plans were submitted just before the agenda was published. Since then the County Ecologist has confirmed that the proposed mitigation strategy is acceptable and that there is plenty of scope for biodiversity enhancements to be undertaken which can be secured via condition. As a minimum this should include bird boxes or swallow cups on the new stables and native species planting and as a preference a grassland buffer around the site.


The agent has confirmed that the applicant is Mr Colin Cately, whose partner and daughter own the horses that are to be stabled.


Four additional representations objecting to the development have been submitted from neighbours.


It is pointed out that while the area of the storeroom has been reduced by 22% the volume of the building has only been reduced by between 8 and 9% and that the building remains significantly larger than would normally be needed to keep two horses and includes a completely unnecessary store area. It is also claimed that the stables will be seen from Desford and from Archers Lane.


In response it is pointed out that, as those members who attended the site visit will have seen the site is surrounded by higher ground on three sides – to the north, east and south. It is not considered that the stables would be seen from Desford and views from Archers Lane, which runs both to the north and west of the site and is no closer than 500 metres of the site at its closest point, will either be dominated by the dwellings of Hill Close which sits on considerably higher ground or are obscured by trees, hedgerows or buildings as the lane runs from north to west of the site.


With regard to the size of the buildings it is pointed out that the size of the individual stables is set out by the British Horse Society and that the proposed stables meet those standards and so reducing them in size would, depending on the size of the horse, conflict with that advice. Separate areas for the storage of hay and feed are commonly included in applications for stables as is a separate area for the storage of tack and associated equipment. It is incorrect therefore to describe the storeroom as unnecessary.


Officers have studied all similar applications for the construction of stables that were received in 2022. Of these four were approved and two refused. The two refused were for buildings significantly larger than the current proposal. All four that were approved were for more stables than are proposed by the current application with two being of similar proportions and two being substantially bigger.


Reference is made in two of the objections to the Committee’s suggestion that a more natural materials is used. One objection refers to  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.


22/00962/FUL - Baptist Chapel, 22 Main Street, Barton in The Beans pdf icon PDF 513 KB

Application for a single storey extension and erection of three glamping pods


22/01072/FUL - 2 Aldridge Road, Burbage pdf icon PDF 506 KB

Application for part change of use from dwelling to medical services (Class E (e) – dental surgery)


21/01191/HYB - Land south of the A5, Padge Hall Farm, Hinckley pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Hybrid planning application comprising: outline application (all matters reserved except for site access from the A5) for the demolition of existing structures and the erection of distribution and industrial buildings (use class B2 and B8) including ancillary offices and associated earthworks, infrastructure and landscaping; a full application for the development of a distribution building (use class B8), including ancillary offices with associated access, hard standing, parking, earthworks and landscaping. The proposals include improvements to increase the height clearance of the existing railway bridge on the A5 Watling Street. A cross boundary application with Rugby Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (EIA development)


Late items received after preparation of main agenda:




Proposed amendments to Planning conditions:


Condition 1:

Development hereby permitted shall be carried out in complete accordance with the details shown on the following submitted plans and documents received by the local planning authority:

Site Location Plan 18-144 PP-01 Rev L

Site Plan – as existing 18-144 PP-02 Rev L

Site Plan – as proposed 18-144 PP-03 Rev L

Unit 1 – Site Plan – as proposed 18-144 PP-04 Rev M

Unit 1 – Overall Building Plan – as proposed 18-144 PP-05 Rev K

Unit 1 – Elevations & Section – as proposed 18-144 PP-06 Rev K

Unit 1 – Roof Plan – as proposed 18-144 PP-08 Rev L

Boundary Treatment & Cycle Shelter Details – as proposed 18-144 PP-09 Rev K

Gatehouse Details – as proposed 18-144 PP-10 Rev K

Illustrative Masterplan (excluding Unit 1) 18-144 PP-03 Rev L

Landscape Concept Proposal 01 Rev H

Landscape Concept Proposal – Spine Road 02 Rev C

Detailed Planting Plan Sheet 1 of 2 03 Rev E

Detailed Planting Plan Sheet 2 of 2 04 Rev A

Landscape Concept Sections 05 Rev A

Detailed Planting Plan Spine Road 06 Rev A

Illustrative Landscape and Green Infrastructure Plan 8815-L-30 Rev M

Accessibility Plan ADC1839-DR-009 Rev P2

Development Parameters Plan 8815-L-08 Rev V

Accessibility Plan ADC1839-DR-009 Rev P2

Design and Access Statement Rev E

Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy (ref 19-7712-FRA Issue 9)


Condition 2:

Prior to, or concurrently with, the submission of the first of the reserved matters application(s), a Site-Wide Phasing Plan shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval. The Site Phasing Plan shall include the areas of the application site located within HBBC’s administrative boundary, as well as information relating to which phase(s) such parts of the application site fall within. Any subsequent applications for approval of reserved matters which result in amendments to the phasing shall include an updated Site Wide Phasing Plan submitted for approval by the Local Planning Authority.


Condition 5:



Condition 6:

Prior to the commencement of any works in any phase within HBBC administrative area, a Demolition and Construction Environmental Management Plan shall be submitted in writing to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority. This shall take account of the ‘Environmental Statement September 2021’ Chapter 8.6 Mitigation.


Condition 7:

a) Development shall not be occupied until a  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.


22/00636/REM - Land North of Deepdale Farm, Lutterworth Road, Burbage pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Application for approval of reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for the erection of 135 dwellings pursuant to outline planning permission 19/01405/OUT (appeal ref APP/KR420/W/20/3265143)


Late items received after preparation of main agenda:




Change of recommendation:


The following documents were received from the applicant on 28th February 2023

·                Biodiversity metric 3.1

·                Biodiversity net gain assessment

·                Ecological mitigation and enhancement strategy

·                Grassland turf translocation methodology and management plan


Due to no response being received from LCC Ecology following receipt of the following documents the recommendation is proposed to be amended to:

Reserved Matters be approved subject to:

·                Planning conditions outlined at the end of this report

·                Power to determine the final details of the conditions to be delegated to the Head of Planning

·                Delegated authority to the Head of Planning to approve the application following receipt of final comments from LCC Ecology raising no objections


Amendment to condition 1:


The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the submitted application drawings as detailed on the Drawing Submitted Schedule 20.03.23


Noise statement:

The applicant has provided the following statement with regards to noise (Officer note, this is covered by outline conditions):


Previously there was a 24hr noise survey that was part of the original outline application. We have now undertaken a 7-day acoustic survey for the site which is more robust and is a truer reflection of the current noise baseline. The survey has highlighted a requirement to provide a 4m acoustic fence along the southern boundary adjacent to the M69, this is the same principal as the adjoining Redrow development on the opposite side of Lutterworth Road. This will be installed prior to any occupation.


22/00937/FUL - Atherstone Hunt Kennels, Kennel Lane, Witherley pdf icon PDF 592 KB

Application for conversion, extension and alteration of former kennels and stables to form seven dwellings, erection of replacement dwelling, erection of garages and formation of new vehicular access


Late items received after preparation of main agenda:




The main report was written a week before the Examiners Report on the Witherley Neighbourhood Plan was published.  Along with this the Examiner stated the modifications necessary for the plan to proceed to referendum. At the time of writing the main report the Neighbourhood Plan could only be given limited to moderate weight and the report reflects this.


The Examiners Report has now been published however and the Examiner has recommended that Policy’s H1 (Residential Site Allocations) and H2 (Settlement Boundary) are deleted, but on page 39 of his report, the Examiner discusses Policy H3 and no modifications are required to that policy. So Policy H3 (Housing Mix) will remain the same.


Policy H3: Housing Mix - New housing development proposals should provide a mixture of housing types specifically to meet identified local needs in the Plan area as evidenced in the Parish Housing Needs Report (2018); HBBC Housing Needs Study (2019); Midlands Rural Housing Report (2016) and the 2017 HEDNA or more recent documents updating these reports.


Dwellings of 3 bedrooms or fewer and single storey accommodation suitable for older people will be supported where in accordance with other policies.


Affordable housing is required on development proposals of more than 10 dwellings or more than 0.5ha in size and should be designed and delivered to be indistinguishable from market housing and should be distributed and integrated evenly through the development as a whole. Provision of affordable housing for people with a local connection to the Parish is supported.


Once a neighbourhood plan has been independently examined, and a decision statement is issued by the local planning authority outlining their intention to hold a neighbourhood plan referendum, it must be taken into account and can be given significant weight when determining a planning application, in so far as the plan is material to the application. Should the Neighbourhood Plan proceed to local referendum and achieve more than half of votes cast in favour, then the Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the Development Plan and be given full weight in the determination of planning applications and decisions on planning applications in the plan area unless the Borough Council subsequently decide the Neighbourhood Plan should not be ‘made’.


In his review the Examiner states that ‘Core Strategy Policy 12 relating to rural villages applies to Witherley, and Core Strategy Policy 13 applies to Fenny Drayton and Ratcliffe Culey. Those policies refer to Core Strategy Policies 15, 16 and 17. Policy H3 is in general conformity with those strategic policies. Paragraph 62 of the NPPF (which should be read in the context of paragraph 61) states the size, type and tenure of housing needed for different groups in the community should be assessed and reflected in planning policies. The Examiner is satisfied that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.


22/00167/OUT - Land north of Shenton Lane, Market Bosworth pdf icon PDF 839 KB

Outline planning application for the erection of up to 125 dwellings (including 40% affordable housing) with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and a vehicular access point (all matters reserved except for means of access)


Appeals progress pdf icon PDF 261 KB

To report on progress relating to various appeals.