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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER. View directions

Contact: Stuart Figini  Email: stuart.figini@wiltshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

9.

Apologies

To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Christine Crisp

 

Cllr Christine Crisp was substituted by Cllr Jacqui Lay

10.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 24th January 2018.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24th January 2018 were presented.

 

Resolved:

 

To approve as a true and correct record and sign the minutes.

 

11.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

12.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

13.

Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public.

 

Statements

Members of the public who wish to speak either in favour or against an application or any other item on this agenda are asked to register by phone, email or in person no later than 2.50pm on the day of the meeting.

 

The rules on public participation in respect of planning applications are detailed in the Council’s Planning Code of Good Practice. The Chairman will allow up to 3 speakers in favour and up to 3 speakers against an application and up to 3 speakers on any other item on this agenda. Each speaker will be given up to 3 minutes and invited to speak immediately prior to the item being considered.

 

Members of the public will have had the opportunity to make representations on the planning applications and to contact and lobby their local member and any other members of the planning committee prior to the meeting. Lobbying once the debate has started at the meeting is not permitted, including the circulation of new information, written or photographic which have not been verified by planning officers.

 

Questions

To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution which excludes, in particular, questions on non-determined planning applications.

 

Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on (Wednesday 14th February 2018) in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on (Friday 16th February 2018). Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.

 

Details of any questions received will be circulated to Committee members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the rules on public participation.

 

14.

Planning Appeals and Updates

To receive details of completed and pending appeals and other updates as appropriate.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chair commented on the Planning Appeals decided between 12th January 2018 - 9th February 2018 that had all been dismissed at Appeal and thanked the Planning Officers for the recommendations they had made on the applications, as these had been upheld at the Appeal.

 

The Committee noted the contents of the appeals update.

 

15.

Planning Applications

To consider and determine the following planning applications:

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

To consider and determine the following planning applications:

15a

17/11259/VAR - Oak Hill House, Henn Lane, Upper Seagry, Chippenham

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Public Participation

Simon Chambers, agent, spoke in support of the application.

Cllr Michael Barber, Chair of Seagry Parish Council, spoke in objection to the application.

 

The case officer, Mark Staincliffe, introduced a report which recommended planning permission be granted, subject to conditions, for the variation of condition 13 of planning permission 16/04077/FUL (Erection of 2 No dwellings) to allow for repositioning of the proposed dwellings and alterations to the eaves height and ridge height.  Key issues highlighted included the principle of development; the impact on residential amenities of adjoining neighbours and impact on character and appearance of the area. Reference was made to late items.

 

Members of the Committee then had the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer which focused on: landscaping plan, potential planning applications for individual plots, change of orientation of plot 2 within the site, alterations to the eaves height and ridge height, the role of building control within the various phases of the build.

 

Members of the public then had the opportunity to address the Committee, as detailed above.

 

Councillor Howard Greenman, Division Member, spoke in objection to the application with the main points focusing on: consideration of the application on its merits.

 

At the start of the debate a proposal was moved by Councillor Howard Greenman and seconded by Councillor Gavin Grant to refuse planning permission based on core policy 57 where the development would not integrate with the surrounding area, in particular subsections 3 and 6. During the debate the main points raised were: concerns about the felling of a Chestnut tree in the vicinity of the site; the compatibility of the planting scheme, within the site, in relation to the native plant species existing in the village; the need to plant 2 Common Oak; the erection of two new dwellings allowed at appeal;

 

During debate, as indicated above, a motion to refuse was moved by Cllr Greenman and seconded by Cllr Grant. Following a vote the motion was lost. A motion to grant was then moved by Cllr Trotman and Cllr Sturgis, and it was:

 

Resolved

 

To delegate authority to the Head of Development Management Services togrant planning permission, subject to conditions:

 

1.    The materials to be used in the development hereby approved shall be constructed in accordance with the details submitted to the Council and approved by the council on 15 March 2017.

 

REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure the satisfactory appearance of the development

 

2.    The hard and soft landscaping for the development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the details submitted to and approved by the Council on 15 March 2017.

 

REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure the satisfactory appearance of the development and to respect the character and appearance of the street scene.

 

3.    All soft landscaping comprised in the approved details of landscaping shall be carried out in the first planting and seeding season following the first occupation of the building(s) or the completion of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15a

15b

17/12043/FUL - Methuen Park, Chippenham

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Public Participation

Meghan Rossiter, agent, spoke in support of the application;

John Owen, applicant, spoke in support of the application;

Spencer Crowder, applicant, spoke in support of the application.

 

The case officer, Charmian Eyre-Walker, introduced a report which recommended planning permission be refused for the erection of 66 dwellings with access via Methuen Park. Key issues highlighted included the loss of employment, urban design, affordable housing, trees, landscape, public open space, drainage, public protection matters and lack of S106 agreement. Reference was made to late items.

 

Members of the Committee then had the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer which focused on: the designated school for children living on an adjacent mixed housing and employment development; Conversion of commercial buildings to housing under permitted development rights; Market price for the land at Methuen Park; site density compared to adjacent development site; Availability of public open space within the site; Lack of S106 Agreement; The level of affordable housing; Proposals for stacked parking arrangements.

 

Members of the public then had the opportunity to address the Committee, as detailed above.

 

Councillor Peter Hutton, Division Member, spoke in support of the application and thanked officers for their views and opinions during the consideration of the application. The main points focused on: the piece of land remaining unused for 15 years; The availability of community facilities within the vicinity of the development site; Potential to provide affordable housing within walking distance of employment opportunities;

 

At the start of the debate a proposal was moved by Councillor Peter Hutton and seconded by Councillor Gavin Grant to grant planning permission based on Core Policy 35, subject to the Head of Development Management Services being given delegated authority to agree conditions including Section 106. During the debate the main points raised were: High density of the site; lack of amenities on site; location of the site and proximity between two employment sites and A350 dual carriageway; Issues of stacked parking on site; Current lack of employment sites to meet demand within Chippenham; Available information about the marketing of the site.

 

During debate, as indicated above, a motion to grant was moved by Cllr Hutton and seconded by Cllr Grant. Following a vote the motion was lost. A motion to refuse was then moved by Cllr Trotman and seconded by Cllr O’ Neill, and it was:

 

Resolved

 

To refuse planning permission, for the following reasons:

 

1.    The proposal would lead to the loss of a major employment allocation of land, which is part of the strategic objective set out in the Wiltshire Core Strategy to deliver a thriving economy to provide a range of jobs in Wiltshire with dependence on retaining the availability of and enhancing existing employment sites. The loss of this site would also be contrary to the aims of the Wiltshire Core Strategy which seeks to protect Wiltshire’s most sustainable and valued employment areas by applying policies to favour employment uses on these sites. The proposal would therefore be contrary to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15b

16.

Urgent Items

Any other items of business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be taken as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

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