Agenda, decisions and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 10.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber, First Floor

Contact: Ian Senior, 03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk  Members of the public wishing to speak at this meeting are requested to contact the Support Officer by no later than noon on Monday before the meeting. A public speaking protocol applies.

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence from committee members. 

Minutes:

There were no Apologies for Absence.

2.

Declarations of Interest

 

1.         Disclosable pecuniary interests (“DPI”)

A  DPI is where a committee member or his/her spouse or partner has any kind of beneficial interest in the land under consideration at the meeting.

 

 2.        Non-disclosable pecuniary interests

These are interests that are pecuniary involving a  personal financial benefit or detriment but do not come within the definition of a DPI.  An example would be where a member of their family/close friend (who is not their spouse or partner) has such an interest.

 

3.         Non-pecuniary interests

Where the interest is not one which involves any personal financial benefit or detriment to the Councillor but arises out of a close connection with someone or some  body /association.  An example would be membership of a sports committee/ membership of another council which is involved in the matter under consideration.

Minutes:

Councillor David Bard declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute 4 (S/2993/17/RM - Sawston (Land off Mill Lane)). Councillor Bard had been present at meetings of Sawston Parish Council where this application had been discussed. However, he had not voted, and was considering th matter afresh.

 

Councillor Kevin Cuffley declared a non-pecuniary interest as follows:

 

·        Minute 4 (S/2993/17/RM - Sawston (Land off Mill Lane)). Councillor Cuffley had been present at meetings of Sawston Parish Council where this application had been discussed. However, he had not voted, and was considering the matter afresh.

 

·        Minute 10 (S/3372/17/CW - Landbeach (Levitt's Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road)). Councillor Cuffley informed those present that he was a Reserve for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee, and could therefore be involved at the decision-making stage. He would not vote in relation to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s response to consultation.

 

Councillor Philippa Hart declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of Minute 8 (S/3450/16/FL - Great Eversden (Land to the North of Church Street, known as OSP 148)). Councillor Hart knows one of the affected neighbours, and said she would leave the room for the duration of the debate and wold not vote.

 

Councillor Sebastian Kindersley declared non-pecuniary interests as follows:

 

·        Minute 7 ((S/2927/17/FL - Litlington (Sheen Farm, Royston Road)). Councillor Kindersley had been present at Litlington Parish Council meetings at which this issue had been discussed.

 

·        Minute 8 (S/3450/16/FL - Great Eversden (Land to the North of Church Street, known as OSP 148)). Councillor Kindersley had previously been present at meetings of Great Eversden Parish Council when this application had been discussed, but was considering the matter afresh.

 

·        Minute 10 (S/3372/17/CW - Landbeach (Levitt's Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road)). As a member of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Kindersley would not vote in relation to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s response to consultation.

 

Councillor David McCraith declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of Minute 7 (S/2927/17/FL - Litlington (Sheen Farm, Royston Road)). He had attended several meetings related to this application, but was considering the matter afresh.

 

Councillor Deborah Roberts declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute 6 (S/3591/17/FL - Thriplow (Thriplow Farm, Lodge Road, Thriplow)). Councillor Roberts had attended several meetings at which this application had been discussed but was considering the matter afresh.

 

Councillor Tim Scott declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute 8 (S/3450/16/FL - Great Eversden (Land to the North of Church Street, known as OSP 148)). Councillor Scott knew the

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 January 2018 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held n 10 January 2018.

4.

S/2993/17/RM - Sawston (Land off Mill Lane) pdf icon PDF 298 KB

 

Reserved Matters application for residential development of 48 new dwellings with associated works, including landscaping and open space

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Committee approved Reserve Matters subject to the Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 February 2018.

 

The case officer reported the receipt of three further representations from residents raising issues already addressed in the report.

 

In response to concern raised by some Members about drainage, the Planning Team Leader (West) referred the Committee to paragraph 48 of the report.

 

The Planning Team Leader (East) clarified that 19 affordable units would be provided on the development.

 

The Committee approved Reserve Matters subject to the Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

5.

S/3567/17/FL - Thriplow (New Barn, Brook Road, Thriplow) pdf icon PDF 528 KB

 

Demolition of existing barn and construction of a car repair workshop and works to site entrance

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred to allow officers an opportunity to seek Counsel’s Advice.

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 February 2018.

 

The Committee deferred the application to allow officers an opportunity to seek Counsel’s Advice.

6.

S/3591/17/FL - Thriplow (Thriplow Farm, Lodge Road, Thriplow) pdf icon PDF 935 KB

 

Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment for 36 dwellings together with new vehicle access from Lodge Road, parking, drainage infrastructure and public open space to include children's play facilities

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred to allow officers an opportunity to seek Counsel’s Advice.

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 February 2018.

 

The Committee deferred the application to allow officers an opportunity to seek Counsel’s Advice.

7.

S/2927/17/FL - Litlington (Sheen Farm, Royston Road) pdf icon PDF 580 KB

 

Demolition of existing farmhouse and associated outbuildings and development for 22 dwellings including 11 affordable dwellings, associated green space and external works

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application subject to:

 

1.     the prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (or as otherwise deemed appropriate) securing those contributions set out in Appendix 1 to the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development, final wording being delegated to officers in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee; and

 

2.     the Conditions and Informative set out in the said report.

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 February 2018.

 

Referring to paragraph 55 of the report, the case officer said that the Council could now demonstrate a 4.5 year supply of housing land, rather than 4.1 years, as stated.

 

Rob Dean (Project Manager, Housing Development (New Build)), Councillor Alan Pipe (Litlington Parish Council) and Councillor Nigel Cathcart (a local Member) addressed the meeting.

 

The ensuing debate focussed on the question of housing land supply, affordable housing, and the impact on the nearby Listed Buildings.

 

The Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application subject to:

 

1.     the prior completion of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (or as otherwise deemed appropriate) securing those contributions set out in Appendix 1 to the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development, final wording being delegated to officers in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee; and

 

2.     the Conditions and Informative set out in the said report.

8.

S/3450/16/FL - Great Eversden (Land to the North of Church Street, known as OSP 148) pdf icon PDF 691 KB

 

Development to provide 10 new affordable houses

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred to allow officers an opportunity to seek Counsel’s Advice about their final report to Committee.

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 6 February 2018.

 

On the advice of the Senior Planning Lawyer, the Committee deferred the application to allow officers an opportunity to seek Counsel’s Advice about their final report to Committee.

9.

S/4469/17/OL - Castle Camps (Land South of Bartlow Road) pdf icon PDF 397 KB

 

Proposed Outline Application with All Matters Reserved Residential development of 0.42 hectares to include the erection of up to 5 dwellings and other associated works.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Committee approved the application subject to the Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

Minutes:

The case officer reported that paragraph 76 f the report should begin, “The site is currently a piece of scrub land situated within the South Suffolk and North Essex…”

 

Hayley Doyle (applicant’s agent), Councillor Sue Herbert (Castle Camps Parish Council) and Councillor Richard Turner (a local Member) addressed the meeting.

 

There was some debate as to the weight that could now be given to the emerging Local Plan. While the Chairman welcomed the applicant’s offer to pay for a Traffic Order regulating the speed limit adjacent to the proposed development, the Senior Planning Lawyer reminded Members that, as the Local Highways Authority had not objected to the proposal, such offer was not a material planning consideration, and must not be considered as such. He also said that a Traffic Order could not be required as part of a Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 because such an Order in this case was not required to make acceptable an application that would otherwise be unacceptable.

 

After a short debate, the Committee approved the application subject to the Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

10.

S/3372/17/CW - Landbeach (Levitt's Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road) pdf icon PDF 288 KB

 

Construction and development of a Waste Recovery Facility

(Application consultation response to Cambridgeshire County Council)

 

Further details are available from the Cambridgeshire County Council website by following this link:

 

http://planning.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/swift/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display

Additional documents:

Decision:

This is only a consultation response. The application will be determined in due course by Cambridgeshire County Council.

 

The Committee endorsed the proposed response set out in paragraphs 45 to 48 of the report, subject to the following amendments:

 

Paragraph 46 of the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development

 

Delete “Officers are of the view that the proposal is at the upper limit of ‘less than substantial harm’…” and substitute “South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee takes the view that the proposal would cause substantial harm…” and then replace “…serious harm…” with “…significant harm…”.

Minutes:

The Planning Committee, acting on behalf of South Cambridgeshire District Council, considered, as a statutory consultee, an application from Cambridgeshire County in Landbeach.Council for the construction and development of a Waste Recovery Facility in Landbeach.

 

Councillor Peter Johnson (a local Member) addressed the Committee. He expressed concern about the potential impact on Waterbeach and Denny Abbey. Of particular concern were the implications for long-term health, the environment and climate change, and traffic congestion along the A10.

 

Committee members shared these concerns, especially in relation to Denny Abbey.

 

The Committee endorsed the proposed response set out in paragraphs 45 to 48 of the report, subject to the following amendments:

 

Paragraph 46 of the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development

 

Delete “Officers are of the view that the proposal is at the upper limit of ‘less than substantial harm’…” and substitute “South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee takes the view that the proposal would cause substantial harm…” and then replace “…serious harm…” with “…significant harm…”.

11.

Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 243 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted an Update on enforcement action.    

12.

Appeals against Planning Decisions and Enforcement Action pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted a report on appeals against planning decisions and enforcement action,