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Apologies for Absence
To receive and record apologies for absence.
There were no apologies for absence.
To approve the minutes of the Development Management Committee held on 29th October 2020.
The minutes of the meeting of the Development Management Committee held on 29 October 2020 were agreed as a correct record.
Site Viewing Working Party Minutes
The minutes of the Site Viewing Working Party held on 5 November 2020 were received.
Declarations of Interest
To receive and record declarations of interests from members present in respect of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.
There were no declarations of interest relating to matters on the agenda.
The site was the subject of a Site Briefing by the Site Viewing Working Party.
Proposal: Erection of 16 new dwellings with associated access, parking and open space.
Reason for Committee consideration: The application was contrary to the provisions of the adopted development plan.
The Committee considered the written report and recommendation from the Head of Planning to grant permission.
The Committee received the supplementary information, circulated prior to the meeting which:
i. included the minutes of the Committee meeting held on 29 October 2020;
ii. included the minutes of the Site Briefing held on 5 November 2020;
iii. included the deputations submitted by members of the public over 48 hours in advance of the meeting;
iv. provided an update paper with two additional conditions and one amended condition with reasons for these changes; and
v. an amendment to the officer report to reflect the change to the number of the stand-alone housing policy in the emerging Local Plan.
All members confirmed that they had read the above supplementary papers prior to the meeting.
The members received a presentation from the officers outlining the report and answering questions raised in the Site Briefing and individual members of the Committee since the agenda was published.
There had been 2 requests to make verbal deputations by members of the public. The speaker opposing the application was Pat Brooks (Friends of the Earth) and the speaker supporting the application was Alistair Harris (Metis Homes). These were received by the Committee. These verbal deputations were a summary of the written deputations supplied and published on the council’s website. The audio recording of these deputations is found within the recording of the meeting itself, beginning at 28.00. This is published on the council’s website.
Following the deputations, the officers commented that:
1) the ecology team had found no significant findings with regards to the bat population of the proposal site;
2) the arboricultural officers were satisfied with the root protection measures demonstrated by the proposal, as they were secured by conditions 17 and 18 regarding trees;
3) the area of SINC allocation was 30% of the current SINC, but the 30% area would be managed and maintained in perpetuity far better than the site currently was; and
4) the proposal was an energy efficient low carbon design, and additional condition 24 would guarantee this.
In response to questions by Members of the Committee the officers advised that:
a) in order to comply with the condition concerning sustainability the developer would reuse existing materials on the site for construction, the proposal integrated solar gain into its design, and the proposal minimised greenhouse gas emissions. Any other details such as how the dwellings are heated would be dealt with once the condition was complied with, and the details of this would be submitted for approval prior to their integration into the development;
b) enough space between the dwellings and the trees was proposed in order to provide space for amenity;
c) whoever’s land the trees were on ... view the full minutes text for item 8.