Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Remote Meeting

Contact: Jayne Clarke / Kieran Robinson  01952 383205 / 382061

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PC135

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

In respect of planning application TWC/2020/0631, Councillor P Scott advised that he was a member of Newport Town Council but had not been involved in any discussions on this application.

PC136

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 246 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 16 December be confirmed and signed by the Chairman subject to the following change:

 

“Councillor C Turley advised that in respect of planning applications TWC/2020/0347 and TWC/2020/0696 he was a member of the Great Dawley Town Council but had not been involved in any discussions on these applications”.

PC137

Deferred/Withdrawn Applications

Minutes:

None.

PC138

Site Visits

Minutes:

None requested.

PC139

Planning Applications for Determination pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Please note that the order in which applications are heard may be changed at the meeting.  If Members have queries about any of the applications, they are requested to raise them with the relevant Planning Officer prior to the Committee meeting.

Minutes:

Members had received a schedule of planning applications to be determined by the Committee and fully considered each report and the supplementary information tabled at the meeting regarding planning application TWC/2019/0790.

PC140

TWC/2019/0790 Land adjacent 1 Brook Cottage, Brick Kiln Bank, Lightmoor, Telford, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 177 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This was an outline application for up to 5no. dwellings with all matters reserved on land adjacent to 1 Brook Cottage, Brick Kiln Bank, Lightmoor, Telford, Shropshire.   Councillors C Healy and J Greenaway had requested that the application be determined by the Planning Committee.  An update report and additional information had been circulated to the Committee prior to the meeting taking place.

 

Councillor C Healy, Ward Councillor, spoke against the application and raised concerns regarding flooding, car parking, visibility, highway safety, street scene and topography, the ground level and the steep slope, density, drainage and surface water.  She felt that it contravened Policies ER12, BE1 and C3 and asked that members refuse the application.  If Members were minded to approve the application she requested that outline consent be limited to 1 or 2 units in order to meet policy BE1 and provide adequate garden parking spaces, reduce the hard surfacing which would allow drainage to mitigate flooding.

 

Councillor J Greenaway, adjoining Ward Councillor, spoke against the application and raised concerns regarding flooding, the soakaway system, site stability, the slope of the land and the risk of landslip along a major walking route, within the green network and a wooded area, access along the A4169 which served 75 properties and a care home, obstruction from parked cars and highway safety lack of public transport and play facilities and concerns regarding Policies ER12, BE9, C1, C3 and NE6 and NET trees, hedgerows and woodland.

 

Mr N Clarke, a member of the public, spoke against the application on behalf of the local residents who all raised concerns regarding the stability of the land, piling and drilling and the ground survey on densely overgrown area, surface water drainage, flooding not sympathetic to its surroundings, the blind entrance along the A4169, high way safety and regular visits by emergency vehicles to the care home.

 

Ms L Cannon, Applicant, spoke in favour of the application which had a reduction in dwellings from 9 to 5 on a previous application.  Parking had increased to 20 spaces to future proof parking.  Wildlife enhancements were being offered with a new habitat, woodland management plan and reptile area together with improvements to the boggy footpath.  With regard to flood management water could be slowed on entering the brook to 1 litre per second with the outlet point downstream to reduce impact and would be a betterment.  A precedent had been set with a similar successful development nearby and there was a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

 

The Planning Officer addressed Members with regarding ecology, slope stability, drainage, the construction and environmental management plan and parking.  The scheme proposed mitigation for the loss of the green network including was a 20 year management of the local wildlife site woodland area; provision and management of the reptile area on the site and provision of a walkway to the path to the west of the site together with the planting of 200 linear metres of hedgerow and on balance the loss of  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC140

PC141

TWC/2020/0631 Site of, 60 Forton Road, Newport, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application was for the erection of 2no. detached bungalows and the creation of a new access on the site of 60 Forton Road, Newport, Shropshire.

Councillor T Nelson had referred the application to the Planning Committee.  Additional information was circulated to the Committee prior to the meeting taking place.  The Planning Officer informed the Committee that they had been made aware of a land ownership dispute but that this was not a material consideration and was a separate issue outside of the planning process.

 

Councillor T Nelson, Ward Member, spoke against the application which he felt went against policy H2 of the Neighbourhood Plan with regard to design.  He raised concerns regarding the protection of the hedgerows and the impact on the mature tree, scale and massing, boundaries and due to discrepancies on the plans asked that a site visit took place before the application was determined.

 

Mr J Stowger, Member of the public, spoke against the application and raised concerns regarding the established hedges and fences and their protection during construction, the protection of the gas pipe to the his property, layout and dimensions of the proposed bungalows and the impact on the neighbouring amenity.   It was asked that a site visit take place.

 

During the debate some Members asked if a site visit could take place in order to better understand the development and it was felt that the land ownership needed to be settled prior to its determination.  If the Committee approved the application that this may disadvantage parties if a legal challenge to ownership subsequently came forward.  A further question came forward that if the ownership was not proven could the Committee approve the development.  Concerns were also raised with regards to protecting the hedgerow and the mature tree which could impact the position of the parking space.  Other Members felt that the land ownership was something that the Committee should not concern themselves with and if the application was deferred for this reason it could impact the Council further down the line and that as this was not a material planning consideration this could not be cited as a reason for refusal and that land ownership issues could take a long time to be resolved which attached an unpredictable timescale to planning applications.

 

The Legal Advisor reiterated that the land ownership was not a material planning consideration and that if land disputes were subsequently referred to the Land Registry, there would be record of the Planning Committee minutes confirming the Committee’s position for the Land Registry to consider should they so wish.  Therefore, no party to a Land Registry dispute should be at a disadvantage by the Committee’s determination of this application.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed to Members that the correct requisite certification had been provided to the Council and that this was the information to be considered when determining the application.

 

The Development Management Service Delivery Manager explained that the Applicant had a right of appeal and the application could go to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC141

PC142

TWC/2020/0987 Land between, Colliers Way & Park Lane, Old Park, Telford, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This was a full application for the erection of 88no. dwellings with access, parking, amenity drainage and landscaping on land between Colliers Way & Park Lane, Old Park, Telford, Shropshire.  Councillor M Boylan had requested that the application be referred to Planning Committee and the application was subject to a Section 106 Agreement to secure financial contributions and on-site affordable housing.

 

Councillor M Boylan, Ward Councillor, spoke against the application on behalf of local residents and raised concerns regarding the consultation process, the change of plans, number of dwellings, not in keeping with the local area, the visual impact, highway safety and that this was not the right development for the right area.

 

Mr M Adams, the Applicant’s Agent, spoke in favour of the application for 88 affordable houses on land which had been allocated for housing in the adopted Local Plan together with amenity space, parking and suitable separation distance between the buildings.  The housing would be of good quality and contemporary appearance and design.  There would be no increased traffic along Park Lane and retention of trees and landscaping would enhance the ecology to protect the privacy of the neighbouring properties.  Financial contributions through a S106 Agreement were sought for a highways traffic management scheme and for secondary education and play and recreation and Members were asked to approve these much needed affordable family homes.

 

The Planning Officer advised that the site benefitted from an extant planning permission for 82 dwellings and sought to delivery 88 affordable units and was supported by a suite of technical documents including Coal Mining Risk Assesment, Ground Investigations, drainage, ecology and tree reports which addressed all issues.  The application has been submitted with drainage, highways, ecology and landscaping details and a construction environmental management plan avoiding the need for any pre-commencement conditions.  The scheme was fully NDSS and parking standard compliant and provided a scheme of good design and quality.

 

During the debate some Members raised concerns regarding consultation and asked what objections had been received, if the scheme had been checked by Secure by Design criteria to prevent anti-social behaviour and asked if the road would connect to Park Lane to form a through route leading to increased traffic.   Other Members felt that the principle for development had already been established.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed that site notices had gone up on site and notices had gone in the press and that Wrekin Housing Group had also undertaken their onw community engagement prior to submission of the application together with the plans being put before the residents association.    Some of the reasons for objection were design, density, lack of garages, size, separation, single tenure for affordable housing, retention of the tree belt, impact on wildlife, childrens play equipment and highway safety.

 

Upon being put to the vote it was, unanimously:-

 

RESOLVED - that in respect of planning application TWC/2020/0987 that delegated authority be granted to the Development Management Service Delivery Manager to grant full planning permission subject to the following:

 

a)    the  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC142