Agenda item

Application P18G0322 - Site at DEFRA, Whittington Road

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning recommends that Planning Committee is minded to grant full planning permission for the development subject to:

(i)      referral to the National Planning Casework Unit,

(ii)     the conditions set out in the plans list, and

(iii)    the applicant and all parties with an interest in the land entering into an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act in accordance with the agreed Heads of Terms, and subject to the Deputy Director - Governance being satisfied with the nature of such an Agreement delegate to the Corporate Director Place approval to grant the necessary planning permission.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the proposed erection of 64 dwellings, 71 extra-care living apartments with associated ancillary facilities (Use Class C3), access, car parking, landscaping and associated works, DEFRA site, Whittington Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee as it did not fall under the scheme of delegation and was a departure from the Development Plan.

 

Site Visit

 

The application had not been the subject of a site visit.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

The report set out the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding area, the proposal itself, relevant planning policies, planning history and representations and consultations where applicable.  The draft Heads of Terms were attached as appendix 1 to the report.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late papers which related to the following:

 

  • amendment to the recommendation in the report  - the reference to the referral to the National Planning Casework Unit has been removed as an application of this nature does not need to be referred as set down in Circular 02/09: The Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009;
  • additional comments received from the Highway Authority providing an update with regard to the site wide housing parking provisions;
  • additional condition related to the installation of electric vehicle charging points at plots 45 and 46; and
  • comments from the City Council’s Economic Development and Planning Policy teams following receipt and assessment of the viability information

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information in the report was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

  • Members were disappointed that the site was not going to be used for employment as originally approved and questioned whether the site should have been earmarked as employment land in the South Worcestershire Development Plan originally.  The Case Officer confirmed that viability was now being assessed at the allocation stage of the development plan review and that moving forward this should mean that sites are only allocated once it is demonstrated that they would be viable for that use.

 

  • Members asked about the details of cycle storage as they could not be seen on the plan.  The Principal Planning Officer confirmed they were not shown on the plan but were conditioned and sufficient detail had been provided to determine the application.

 

  • The Worcestershire County Council Transport Planning and Development Management Team Leader acknowledged Members comments related to this issue and informed them that this will be requested for future applications.

 

  • The Principal Planning Officer stated the application was supported by a detailed viability assessment which demonstrated that the development of the site for Class B1 office use would be unviable.

 

  • Members agreed however that it was important to have extra care facilities and were also pleased that 30% affordable units would be provided.  Overall it was seen as a good use of open space. Members also saw the electric vehicle charging points and the financial contributions as a positive to the proposal.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee is minded to grant planning permission, subject to the applicant and all persons having an interest in the land entering into an Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in accordance with the agreed Heads of Terms, and subject to the Deputy Director – Governance being satisfied with the nature of such an Agreement delegate to the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning to grant the necessary planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in the plans list.

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