Agenda item

Application for reserved matters of layout, landscaping, scale and appearance for 40 no. dwellings, along with provision of new strategic footpath/cycleway, informal public open space and associated works pursuant to Outline Planning Permission 1/0906/2015/OUTM (Amended Plans) - Land To The Rear Of Amberley, Limers Lane, Northam.

 

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the site visit listed below:

 

Councillors:  C Leather, R Boughton, M Brown, P Christie, R Craigie, R Lock, P Watson and R Wiseman

 

 

Application No. 1/1017/2021/REMM - Application for reserved matters of layout, landscaping, scale and appearance for 40 no. dwellings, along with provision of new strategic footpath/cycleway, informal public open space and associated works pursuant to Outline Planning Permission 1/0906/2015/OUTM (Amended Plans) - Land To The Rear Of Amberley, Limers Lane, Northam.

 

Interests:  None

 

Officer recommendation:  Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Leather for the following reasons:

 

·         Lack of play provision and open space

·         Attenuation scheme inadequate

·         Layout detrimental to amenity of existing neighbours

·         Out of character with the area

·         Vehicular and pedestrian conflicts

 

 

Prior to the presentation Members were informed of the following updates:

 

Two additional objections received:

 

Oakridge – Property and garden will be overlooked.

Cleave Moorings – overdevelopment, lack of affordable housing, traffic, not enough employment (all issues dealt with in committee report)

 

Conditions -

The agent has requested that condition 2 is made ‘prior to occupation’

instead of pre-commencement. This is considered reasonable.

 

Typos-

Condition 11 – Should read ‘Waste Audit Statement’ not ‘Waste Audit’

Condition 13 – Reads ‘fundings’ – should be ‘findings’

 

 

The Principal Planning Officer presented the report and advised Members of the main planning considerations.

 

Councillor Christie raised the following concerns:

 

·         Play area being so near to the A39 road.

 

·         Visibility and access. The Devon County Highways Officer confirmed he is satisfied there is acceptable visibility and access to the site.

 

Councillor Lock also raised concerns regarding the play area and recommended a condition be imposed screening the play area off from the road.  The Principal Planning Officer advised there will be a fence surrounding the area and is a condition to be delivered.

 

Additional concerns/points raised included:

 

·         Affordable housing – not pepper potted around the site as stated in the report.   The Principal Planning Officer advised the Strategic Enabling Officer had no objections to the scheme.

 

·         Outline application previously determined – access to the site had been approved under this application. Concerns also expressed as to the transparency of the Granting of the Outline application raised by one of the speakers.   The Planning Manager clarified the position and confirmed no evidence of concerns regarding determination of the application had been seen. 

 

·         DM04 – Impact on amenities – overlooking neighbouring properties.  The Principal Planning Officer stated that reason for refusal on amenity could not be upheld on Appeal. 

 

·         Access to Muddy Boots Nursery – The Principal Planning Officer advised access will remain to the Nursery and will provide them with a safe cycleway and walkway.

 

It was resolved by Councillor Lock, seconded by Councillor Watson that the application be approved.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 8, Against 1)

RESOLVED:

That the application be Granted subject the conditions stated in the report and an amendment to condition 2 as detailed above.

 

The Planning Manager read out a statement submitted by Mr Geoff Evans objecting to the application.

Mr B Mitchell addressed the Committee objecting to the application.

Mr B Richardson, Applicant, addressed the Committee in support of the application.

 

 

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