Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber
Contact: Democratic Services
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2022.
The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 7 November were approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
There were no apologies for absence received.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations from Members of the Committee on any items to be considered at the meeting.
Declarations of Interest were received as follows;
Agenda Item 4- 21/03711/FUL, Land at Tar Farm - Councillor Nicholls as Vice-Chair of the Parish Council at South Leigh so would not be present to hear the application.
Councillor Maynard lives on Tar Road.
Agenda Item 4 – 22/00986/FUL, Land North of Cote Road – Councillor Alaric Smith is a resident of Aston Village.
Councillor Dingwall was a director for the Council on Cottsway Housing Association until 2015.
Councillor Fenton’s 2 granddaughters attend Aston Primary School and his stepson is governor at the school.
Agenda Item 5 – Delegated Items- Councillor Fenton knew applicants on applications 5, 6,15,35 and 50.
To consider applications for development, details of which are set out in the attached schedule.
That the applications be determined in accordance with the recommendations of the Business Manager – Development Management.
Councillor Nicholls left the Council Chambers.
21/03711/FUL Land at Tar Farm.
Joan Desmond, Principal Planner introduced the application for installation of renewable energy scheme comprising ground mounted photovoltaic arrays with associated substation, invertors, internal access track, landscaping and biodiversity measures, fencing, access gate and ancillary infrastructure.
There was a statement read out by Mr Oliver Shestopal, a resident of South Leigh, in objection to the application. Mr Shestopal handed out a copy of a map for the committee to refer to. A copy of this submission is attached to the original copy of the minutes.
The Chair invited questions from the Committee. The Committee asked what grade the land was at the proposed site. Mr Shestopal confirmed the land was grade 3B, and of low quality. The Committee asked regarding visibility, where the biggest concerns were. Mr Shestopal referred the Committee to the handout map and highlighted that from Station Farm the view across football fields was of the most concern as thin trees planted there that would not shield the view of the solar field.
There was a statement read out by Mr Jonathan Selwyn, Bluefield Renewable Developments Ltd in support of the application. A copy of this submission is attached to the original copy of the minutes.
Joan Desmond, Principal Planner, continued with her presentation and brought the Committee’s attention to the Revised Landscape Strategy Plan and identified those areas where solar panels were being omitted. This included elevated fields and Roman burial site areas. These areas would be omitted from the scheme. No solar panels would be placed in these areas. Where bridle ways and public rights of way were situated, these paths would be widened with additional greenery planted. The Principal Planner referred to the planning policy regarding renewable energy and highlighted that this grade of land would be suitable for this application. However the land was within the Wychwood Project area where special attention and protection is given to the landscape and biodiversity. A contribution would be sought towards the Lower Windrush Valley Project for landscape, public access and biodiversity enhancements to mitigate impacts that the development would create. The Principal Planner referred to the late representations report with focus on suggested conditions that had been amended as well as conditions regarding access and drainage which were still being discussed. Archaeological conditions were also recommended. It was recommended that planning permission be delegated to officers to grant planning permission subject to the legal agreement and pre-commencement conditions being agreed.
The Chair invited comments and questions from the Committee. The Committee asked that RAF Brize Norton be consulted with and notified of the total amount of solar panels in the area, to enable them to make sure this does not interfere with the flight path. The Principal Planner confirmed that discussion was limited to only those that are in a certain consultation distance. However, there had been a report regarding “glint and glare” that had been submitted. The Committee asked that the cumulative effects were highlighted. ... view the full minutes text for item 101.
To inform the Sub-Committee of applications determined under delegated powers and any appeal decisions.
That the reports be noted.
The report giving details of applications determined under delegated powers was received and noted.
Councillor Dingwall asked about upcoming applications. The Principal Planner gave a brief outline of what applications are possibly coming forwards.
David Ditchett, Principal Planner, outlined the Appeal Decisions report and provided an update on 22/00473/FUL Land South West of Main Road Alvescott. The application was for the erection of a dwelling. The inspector agreed with all 3 refusal reasons; harm to conservation area, harm to the listed building and insufficient evidence was put forward that surface water from the development could be adequately dealt with as there was no information put forward. The application may come back to committee. The appeal was dismissed.