Agenda and draft minutes
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To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 19 April 2022
The minutes of the meeting held on 19 April 2022 were approved and signed by the Chair 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.
There were no declarations of interest received.
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.
21/03720/FUL 44 Common Road North Leigh
The planning officer David Ditchett introduced the application to demolition of existing residential property. The erection of 10 detached and semi-detached two storey dwellings and construction of a new access onto Common Road, with associated garaging and parking, landscaping and all enabling work.
Councillor St John stated he was concerned about the trees that had been felled before the application had been submitted. Mr Ditchett clarified that none of the trees had protection orders on them, and were not in a conservation area and a licence was not likely to be required to fell trees. Councillor St John asked if the protection of species apply, Mr Ditchett explained that there were no protected species on site and that the biodiversity officer was satisfied with the scheme, subject to conditions and informative.
The following people addressed the committee:
Sarah Veasey from the Planning Group at North Leigh Parish Council.
Carlo Soave a local resident, spoke as an objector to the application.
Tim Northey the agent for the application.
Mr Ditchett continued with his presentation and summarised that officers were seeking Provisional Approval as per conditions set out in the original report, with drainage matters and section 106 agreement to be agreed at a later date.
The Chair confirmed that due to annual council there had been a change in the committee members, however members had managed to see the site within the past couple of weeks and new members last week.
Councillors were all concerned about the loss of the trees that were on the site before the application had been submitted. Mr Ditchett reminded councillors that they were there to review the application before them, which did not include reference to the trees.
Councillor Leverton noted the lack of distance between the existing dwellings and the proposed dwellings, Councillor Dingwall agreed and stated that the new driveway were adjacent to existing properties.
Councillors entered into a discussion about the bio diversity net gain, it was felt that new developments should not opt for off-site net gain and it should be much closer to the developed site, so that residents can see the gain locally. Councillor Fenton stated he was familiar with the past applications and he could not see much had changed with this new submission. Councillor Poskitt agreed that little had changed since the last application,
Councillor Prosser raised concerns over sewage capacity, Mr Ditchett confirmed that there were no objections from Thames Water, and that they were the specialist. Councillor Maynard enquired which sewage site was responsible, Mr Ditchett was unable to confirm which local sewage site would serve the site.
Councillor Brooker asked for clarification on the roof pitch design, as immediate neighbours were close. Mr Ditchett explained the technical design measurement to the committee.
Councillor Eaglestone thought the application was the worst case he’d seen, and would not support it.
Councillor Fenton proposed that the application be refused, this was seconded by Councillor Maynard, it was duly put to the ... view the full minutes text for item 65.
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, with a few queries:
Councillor Fenton asked why on page 52 number six had SPL annotated and was both approved and refused. David Ditchett was able to confirm that it was a split decision, two conditions were refused and two approved. Page 52 number seven, it was clarified by principal planner Kim Smith that this application had been approved with two conditions. Page 55, number 25, Councillor Maynard queried the change of use, it was confirmed that you still require planning permission for future changes.
There were no appeals.
The Business Manager, Mr Phil Shaw informed the committee that it was the last committee day for Kim Smith the Principal Planner. Kim had been a planner for 30 plus years from planning assistant to senior level, managing enforcement for the appeals team. Kim had dealt with many cases from draft to determination, the whole of planning wanted to wish her all the best for a healthy retirement. The Chair echoed Mr Shaw’s wishes for Kim Smith and added that she had been a tremendous help to all the Councillors over the years.