Development Committee Minutes – 13 February 2017
|Cllr J Buckley||Cllr J Aves||Cllr S Egan|
|a||Cllr B Jackman||Cllr A Jordan||a||Cllr A Klemz|
|Cllr F Nicolson||Cllr H Titcomb||Cllr J Wall|
|(‘a’ denotes absence)|
|Mrs K Bleazard, Clerk||Mrs S Woodman, Deputy Clerk|
|Cllr C Ashfield; Mr A Morris and Ms L Ashton (Bewley Homes) and 3 members of the public|
Apologies were received from Cllrs B Jackman, A Klemz and Mrs K Bleazard.
2. Declarations of Interest
There were none.
3. Recording of the Meeting
All present were asked to note that this meeting is recorded by the Council and may be recorded by members of the public.
Cllr S Egan PROPOSED that the Minutes of the Development Committee meeting of 23rd January 2017 be confirmed; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson. There voted 6 in favour, 1 abstention and the Motion was carried.
5. Planning Applications
|Application No.||17/00148/OUT||Received: 25.1.17||Return by: 14.2.17|
|Location||Land south of Manor Farm, Bloswood Lane, Whitchurch|
|Proposal||Outline planning application, with all matters reserved (except for access) for the erection of up to 112 dwellings, together with car parking, open space (including formal playspace), landscaping, SuDS attenuation and new vehicular and pedestrian access from Bloswood Lane|
|Response||The application was discussed in detail and the consensus among Members was that the number of houses proposed far exceeded the requirement set out in the Neighbourhood Plan. They had major concerns over increased traffic and the impact on infrastructure and local services which were already straining to cope with the current level of population. Three letters of objection from residents were read out, citing similar concerns.
Andrew Morris and Laura Ashton (from Bewley Homes) were in attendance and read a statement in support of the outline application, which sought to establish if the principle of the development was acceptable. They stated that there could be flexibility over the development and could demonstrate its sustainability. Ms Ashton answered further questions from Members on noise mitigation and the amount of affordable homes.
After further discussion Cllr A Jordan PROPOSED objection for the following reasons:
SECONDED by Cllr J Wall; the vote was unanimous. Cllr Jordan left the meeting at 8.05 pm and the Chairman thanked Mr Morris and Ms Ashton for their representations.
|Application No.||17/00352/FUL||Received: 6.2.17||Return by: 23.2.17|
|Location||Land to rear of The Harroway, Evingar Road, Whitchurch|
|Proposal||Erection of 2 no. dwellings with associated landscaping|
|Response||Mr J Lewis, representing the applicant, attended to answer questions from Members. Councillors commended the design of the proposed houses, but had concerns over privacy and overlooking by a two-storey development in an area of bungalows. Mr Lewis said this was already mostly addressed by mature landscaping, TPOs on some trees and no windows at the side of the proposed houses. Two letters from residents were read out, objecting on the grounds of increased noise and loss of privacy.
After further discussion Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED no objection, subject to concerns over privacy being addressed through landscaping; SECONDED by Cllr J Wall. There voted 3 in favour; 2 against; 1 abstention and the Motion was carried.
|Application No.||17/00410/HSE||Received: 8.2.17||Return by: 28.2.17|
|Location||35 Test Road, Whitchurch, RG28 7LP|
|Proposal||Loft conversion and construction of 3 no. rear dormer windows|
|Response||Cllr S Egan PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr J Buckley. All were in favour.|
6. Updates and Results
The following had been circulated previously:
|Application No.||16/04215/HSE||Received: 28.11.16||Return by: 16.12.16|
|Location||35 Lynch Hill Park, Whitchurch, RG28 7NF|
|Proposal||Erection of single storey side and rear extensions, infill extension, construction of chimney, roof lights, alterations to porch, raised decking and application of external rendered finish to all external walls|
|Response||Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr S Egan and the vote was unanimous.|
7. Tree Warden
Provisional dates for training were arranged for either 1st or 8th March.
8. Application for County Councillor Grant
The Clerk had not as yet received any details to support an application to improve lighting in Rec Alley. Although the deadline had passed, the Clerk was asked to send in an application regardless, without costings if necessary. ACTION: KB
9. New Development Street Naming
Members approved the list circulated previously for submission to BDBC.
- Felling of two Goat Willows in Church Street car park – Cllr F Nicolson suggested that if the trees are removed, replacements are planted at a suitable location elsewhere in the town. It was agreed to pass the request to BDBC. ACTION: KB
- Neighbourhood Plan – An email from David George advised the Committee that the Whitchurch NP had passed BDBC’s compliance checks and would move to the Regulation 16 stage on 27th February 2017.
The meeting closed at 8.35 pm.