Decision details

S/4099/17/OL - Hinxton (Land to the East of the A1301, South of the A505 near Hinxton and west of the A1301, North of the A505 near Whittlesford)

Decision Maker: Development and Conservation Control Committee (see also Planning Committee), Planning Committee

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


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Members visited the site on 6 March 2018.


The Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development outlined the application and set it within the current planning policy context. The case officer updated the Committee about the application, highlighting that Ickleton Parish Council had objected to the application, primarily on landscape and transport grounds. Hinxton Parish Council supported the recommendation of refusal, but said that, should the Committee approve the application, the Legal Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 should specifically address transport concerns.



Barbara Fagg (objector from Hinxton), Emma Fletcher (applicant’s agent), Councillor William Brown (Hinxton Parish Council), Councillor Aureole Wragg (Pampisford Parish Council), Councillor Andrew Greaves (Whittlesford Parish Council), Councillor Tony Orgee (local Member for Hnxton and Pampisford) and Councillor Peter Topping (Member for Whittlesford) addressed the meeting.


The Committee debate focussed on the prematurity of the application, not least because it had not been submitted as part of the process being followed as part of the emerging Local Plan. Noting the national and international significance of the proposal, the Committee was clear that the material planning interests of local people must take precedence.


The Principal Planning Policy Officer outlined the nature of Local Plan representations received.


Following further debate, the Committee gave officers delegated powers to refuse the application once the public consultation period had expired, for Reasons 2 to 8 inclusive, and Reason 10 set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development (Reason 9 (Floods and Water) no longer being relevant) and Reason 1 set out in the said report Reason 1 amended to state 'The proposal represents an unsustainable form of development located outside of the village development framework and within the open countryside. The proposed site has not been allocated or put forward for development in the current Local Development Framework or emerging Local Plan. The development is therefore contrary to Policies DP/7 and ET/3 of the South Cambridgeshire Development Control Policies DPD 2007, Policy S7/8 of the Core Strategy DPD and Policies S/5, S/7, E/15 and E/16 of the draft South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2014.


Councillor Deborah Roberts arrived at the meeting after the consideration of this application had started, and therefore abstained from voting.

Publication date: 23/03/2018

Date of decision: 07/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 07/03/2018 - Planning Committee

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