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Agenda item

17/09336/FUL - Land at Three Bridges, Ashton Keynes, Swindon

Minutes:

Public Participation

David Norman, local resident, spoke in objection to the application.

Sarah Shepherd, local resident, spoke in objection to the application.

June Bull, local resident, spoke in objection to the application.

Paul Eastman, local resident, spoke in support of the application.

James Wood, local resident, spoke in support of the application.

Cllr David Wingrove, Chair of Ashton Keynes Parish Council, spoke in support of the application.

 

The case officer, Richard Sewell, introduced a report which recommended planning permission be granted, subject to conditions, for the partial change of use of land to form a coach depot with improved access and enhanced landscaping.  Key issues highlighted included, the principle of development, the scale, design, layout and materials of the proposed parking facility and impact on visual amenity, impact on the residential amenity, impact on highways, impact on ecology, impact on drainage and the impact on the historic character and appearance of the Ashton Keynes Conservation Area.

 

Members of the Committee then had the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer which focused on: the storage of materials and unauthorised equipment on site, the existing hedgerow, Ashton Keynes Neighbourhood Plan, external lighting within the application site, reasons for the transfer of business operations to the application site, the potential for setting personal use conditions within any grant of the application.

 

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

 

Cllr Berry spoke in respect of the both the site specific impacts of the proposals, concerns raise by some local residents and the wider benefits of the scheme

 

At the start of the debate a proposal was moved by Councillor Toby Sturgis and seconded by Councillor Ashley O’ Neill to grant planning permission as detailed in the report. During the debate the main points raised were: The hedge fronting the application site and potential planting schemes, and potential for an increase in light nuisance from higher traffic flows from the site.

 

Resolved:

To GRANT planning permission, 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.

 

REASON: To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

2.    The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: Drawing No. 1920/PA/4 Site Location Plan and Drawing No 1920/PA/2 Rev Site Layout and Landscape Scheme D both received 26.09.17

 

REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

 

3.    No development shall commence on site until a scheme of hard and soft landscaping has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, the details of which shall include:-

 

·         location and current canopy spread of all existing trees and hedgerows on the land;

·         full details of any to be retained, together with measures for their protection in the course of development;

·         a detailed planting specification showing all plant species, supply and planting sizes and planting densities, means of temporary support and protection from livestock and vermin;

·         finished levels;

·         means of enclosure including gates;

·         all hard and soft surfacing materials;

·         minor artifacts and structures (e.g. refuse and other storage units, signs, bollards, street lighting etc);

·         proposed and existing functional services above and below ground (e.g. drainage, power, communications, cables, pipelines etc indicating lines, manholes, supports etc);

 

REASON: The application contained insufficient information to enable this matter to be considered prior to granting planning permission and the matter is required to be agreed with the Local Planning Authority before development commences in order that the development is undertaken in an acceptable manner, to ensure a satisfactory landscaped setting for the development and the protection of existing important landscape features.

 

4.    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 development whichever is the sooner; All shrubs, trees and hedge planting shall be maintained free from weeds and shall be protected from damage by vermin and stock. Any trees or plants which, within a period of five years, die, are removed, or become seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of a similar size and species, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority. All hard landscaping shall also be carried out in accordance with the approved details prior to the occupation of any part of the development or in accordance with a programme to be agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

REASON: To ensure a satisfactory landscaped setting for the development and the protection of existing important landscape features.

 

5.    No development shall take place until a landscape management plan, including long term design objectives, management responsibilities and maintenance schedules for all landscaped areas shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority, in consultation with the Environment Agency. The landscape management plan shall be carried out as approved and any subsequent variations shall be agreed in writing by the local planning authority. The scheme shall include the following elements:

 

·         detailed extent and type of new planting (NB. planting to be of native species)

·         details of maintenance regimes

·         details of any new habitat created on site

·         details of treatment of site boundaries and/or buffers around water bodies (including measures to ensure the riverbank is not allowed to scrub up to the extent that they become unsuitable for watervoles).

·         details of management responsibilities

 

REASON This condition is necessary to ensure the protection of wildlife and supporting habitat and secure opportunities for the enhancement of the nature conservation value of the site in line with national planning policy.

 

6.    The development shall be carried out as specified in the approved Arboricultural Impact Assessment incorporating Tree Survey, Tree Protection Plan and Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS) prepared by S J Stephens Associates dated 24th August 2017, and shall be supervised by an arboricultural consultant.

 

REASON: To prevent trees on site from being damaged during construction works.

 

7.    The development will be carried out in strict accordance with the prescriptions given in Section 6 of the Ecological Appraisal by Malford Environmental Consulting dated 8th September 2017.

 

REASON: To ensure protection of ecologically sensitive habitats and species within or adjacent to the site.

 

8.    No infiltration of surface water drainage into the ground is permitted other than with the written consent of the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

 

REASON The use of the site as a coach park has the potential to release hydrocarbons to ground. Ground water is likely to be close to the surface.

 

9.    No development approved by the permission shall be commenced until a scheme of surface water drainage, focusing on pollution prevention, is submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall be implemented as agreed, in the timescales agreed.

 

REASON: To ensure that the development is not put at unacceptable risk from, or adversely affected by, unacceptable levels water pollution caused by mobilised contaminants in line with paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

10.No part of the development hereby permitted shall be first brought into use until the turning area and parking spaces have been completed in accordance with details shown on the approved plans. The areas shall be maintained for those purposes at all times thereafter.

 

REASON: In the interests of highway safety.

 

11.No part of the development hereby permitted shall be first brought into use until full technical detail of the access have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The details shall be broadly in accordance with 'Junction visibility requirement Sheet 1 of 5' ST17110-01 details. The radius of the access shall be increased for the coaches. No part of the development shall be first brought into use until the access has been completed in accordance with the approved details. Provision shall be made within the site for the disposal of surface water so as to prevent its discharge onto the highway details of which shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

REASON: In the interests of highway safety.

 

12.No development shall commence on site until visibility splays have been provided between the edge of the carriageway and a line extending from a point 2.4m back from the edge of the carriageway, measured along the centre line of the access, to the points on the edge of the carriageway 160m metres in both directions from the centre of the access in accordance with the approved plans. Such splays shall thereafter be permanently maintained free from obstruction to vision above a height of 1m above the level of the adjacent carriageway.

 

REASON: In the interests of highway safety.

 

13.No development shall commence on site until a Travel Plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The Travel Plan shall include details of implementation and monitoring and shall be implemented in accordance with these agreed details. The results of the implementation and monitoring shall be made available to the Local Planning Authority on request, together with any changes to the plan arising from those results.

 

REASON: In the interests of road safety and reducing vehicular traffic to the development.

 

14.No development shall commence until a Site Management Plan detailing measures to minimize noise disturbance has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development hereby approved shall be implemented and operated in accordance with the approved details thereafter.

 

REASON: In the interest of residential amenity

 

15.No external lighting shall be installed on site until plans showing the type of light appliance, the height and position of fitting, illumination levels and light spillage in accordance with the appropriate Environmental Zone standards set out by the Institute of Lighting Engineers in their publication "Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Obtrusive Light" (ILE, 2005)", have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved lighting shall be installed and shall be maintained in accordance with the approved details and no additional external lighting shall be installed.

 

REASON: In the interests of the amenities of the area and to minimise unnecessary light spillage above and outside the development site.

 

16.No materials, goods, plant, machinery, equipment, finished or unfinished products/parts of any description, skips, crates, containers, waste or any other item whatsoever shall be placed, stacked, deposited or stored outside anywhere within the site.

 

REASON:  In the interests of the appearance of the site and the amenities of the area.

 

17.The occupation of the site hereby permitted shall only enure for the benefit of the following Business/Persons and their Dependents: Ellisons Coaches/Barry Ellison.

 

REASON: Permission would not normally be granted for this development, but regard has been paid to the personal circumstances of the applicant which are considered, exceptionally in this case, to be sufficient to outweigh the normal planning policy considerations which would normally lead to a refusal of planning permission.

 

18.INFORMATIVE TO APPLICANT:

Any alterations to the approved plans, brought about by compliance with Building Regulations or any other reason must first be agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority before commencement of work.

 

19.INFORMATIVE TO APPLICANT:

The applicant is requested to note that this permission does not affect any private property rights and therefore does not authorise the carrying out of any work on land outside their control. If such works are required it will be necessary for the applicant to obtain the landowners consent before such works commence.

 

If you intend carrying out works in the vicinity of the site boundary, you are also advised that it may be expedient to seek your own advice with regard to the requirements of the Party Wall Act 1996.

 

20.INFORMATIVE TO APPLICANT:

The applicant should note that the grant of planning permission does not include any separate permission which may be needed to erect a structure in the vicinity of a public sewer. Such permission should be sought direct from Thames Water Utilities Ltd / Wessex Water Services Ltd. Buildings are not normally allowed within 3.0 metres of a Public Sewer although this may vary depending on the size, depth, strategic importance, available access and the ground conditions appertaining to the sewer in question.

 

21.INFORMATIVE TO APPLICANT:

Please note that Council offices do not have the facility to receive material samples. Please deliver material samples to site and inform the Planning Officer where they are to be found.

 

22.INFORMATIVE TO APPLICANT:

Safeguards should be implemented during the construction phase to minimise the risks of pollution from the development. Such safeguards should cover:

 

·         the use of plant and machinery

·         wheel washing and vehicle wash-down

·         oils/chemicals and materials

·         the use and routing of heavy plant and vehicles

·         the location and form of work and storage areas and compounds

·         the control and removal of spoil and wastes.

 

 

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