Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 10.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

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 and appointment of Vice-Chairman for the meeting

Councillor Pippa Heylings has sent apologies for absence, appointing Councillor Henry Batchelor as her substitute as a Committee member. To receive apologies for absence from other committee members. 

Minutes:

Councillors Dr. Martin Cahn and Pippa Heylings sent Apologies for Absence. Councillor Henry Batchelor was in attendance as substitute for4 Councillor Heylings.

 

In Councillor Heylings’ absence, the Committee agreed by affirmation that Councillor Brian Milnes be appointed Vice-Chairman for the meeting.

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:

In the interests of clarity, Councillors Anna Bradnam and Judith Rippeth stated that they were both local Members for the ward of Milton & Waterbeach.

3.

Recorded voting

Minutes:

Upon the proposal of Councillor Brian Milnes, seconded by Councillor Judith Rippeth, the Committee unanimously agreed that all substantive votes at the current Planning Committee meeting should be recorded by name and / or number and name.

4.

Minutes of Previous Meetings

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the Extraordinary meeting held on 13 May 2019 (to follow) and the scheduled meeting held on 12 September 2019 as correct records.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a corre3ct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2019. Councillors Anna Bradnam and Deborah Roberts pointed out that they had not been present at that meeting.

5.

S/4619/18/RM - Caldecote / Hardwick (Highfields Caldecote) (Land East of Highfields Road) pdf icon PDF 585 KB

 

Approval of matters reserved for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale following outline planning permission S/2510/15/OL for phase 1 (66 dwellings) of the residential development with associated infrastructure.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

On the Chairman’s casting vote, Planning Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application subject to

 

-          The review and amendment of Condition a) drawing numbers to include latest plans approved by the Local Highways Authority.

-          The review and amendment of Condition c) to include the trigger ‘prior to the construction’ of the pumping station.

-          Inclusion of a Condition requiring the retention of the hedgerow along the Highfields Road.

-          Final wording of all Conditions being reviewed and agreed by officers in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the meeting prior to a Decision Notice being issued.

 

(Councillors John Batchelor, Fane, Milnes, Rippeth and Wright voted to approve the application. Councillors Henry Batchelor, Bradnam, Roberts, Topping and Heather Williams voted to refuse it. Councillor John Batchelor cast his second vote in favour of the application.)

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 8 October 2019.

 

Phil Claridge (objector), John Baines (for the applicant), Mary-Ann Claridge (agent for Caldecote Parish Council) and Councillor Dr. Tumi Hawkins (local Member) addressed the meeting.

 

Addressing Members’ concerns, officers

 

·         Said they were satisfied with the soundness of the public consultation and process adopted by the District Council’s Design Enabling Panel

·         confirmed that Condition (c) would be amended slightly to reflect public concern about the trigger point

·         reminded Members that the principle of development, including some Conditions, had been established when outline planning permission had been granted

·         agreed that Caldecote Parish Council and the Village Design Group should be consulted prior to the discharge of Conditions

·         agreed to impose a Condition requiring retention of the hedgerow between the site and Highfields Road

·         clarified that the question of drainage had been addressed at the outline application stage and that, although drainage impacted on other issues, it was not in itself a matter for consideration at this Reserved Matters stage

·         pointed out that the inclusion in the application of three-storey buildings – the subject of some Members’ concern – resulted from the Appeal Hearing that had overturned the Committee’s refusal of the outline planning application and that helped create a sense of place

 

Councillor Deborah Roberts was minded to refuse but proposed deferral because too many aspects of the application remained unresolved. She expressed concerned at the clustering of affordable housing units, and the Local Highway Authority’s indication that it did not intend adopting the estate roads. Councillor Anna Bradnam seconded the proposal but, by six votes to four, the proposal was lost.

 

On the Chairman’s casting vote, Planning Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application subject to

 

-          The review and amendment of Condition a) drawing numbers to include latest plans approved by the Local Highways Authority.

-          The review and amendment of Condition c) to include the trigger ‘prior to the construction’ of the pumping station.

-          Inclusion of a Condition requiring the retention of the hedgerow along the Highfields Road.

-          Final wording of all Conditions being reviewed and agreed by officers in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the meeting prior to a Decision Notice being issued.

 

(Councillors John Batchelor, Fane, Milnes, Rippeth and Wright voted to approve the application. Councillors Henry Batchelor, Bradnam, Roberts, Topping and Heather Williams voted to refuse it. Councillor John Batchelor cast his second vote in favour of the application.)

6.

Milton - Cambridge Science Park RTF 203 KB

 

Car Park Management Strategy

Additional documents:

Decision:

Minutes:

The case officer read out a third party representation received after publication of the agenda, and referred to the Members briefing on this issue that had taken place immediately before the meeting. The case officer confirmed that the fact that South Cambridgeshire District Council owned a property on Cambridge Science Park was not a material consideration.

 

Councillor Anna Bradnam referred to the traffic congestion that existed already in the area of the Science Park, and said it was crucial to do everything possible to promote modal shift.

 

By nine votes to nil (with one abstention), the Planning Committee gave officers delegate authority to negotiate, secure and complete, upon terms considered appropriate, the framework agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

(Councillors Henry Batchelor, John Batchelor, Bradnam, Fane, Milnes, Roberts, Topping, Heather Williams and Wright voted in favour. Councillor Rippeth abstained.)

7.

Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted an Update on enforcement action. In reply to Members’ questions, the Senior Enforcement Officer gave the following updates:

 

Queen’s Head, Fowlmere

Officers would be meeting with the owners on 15 October 2019, but Members should be aware that satisfactory resolution would not be straightforward.

 

St. Neots Road, Hardwick

The owner of the adjoining property had refused consent for the gas supply to be disconnected. Therefore, Members should be aware that the issue would not be resolved until Spring 2020.

 

Smithy Fen, Cottenham

Officers were currently seeking an Injunction.

 

Anglers Way, Waterbeach

Officers would investigate issues regarding the Local Equipped Area of Play, and report back to the Planning Committee.

 

Whaddon

Officers were unable to confirm whether or not the Closed Circuit Television camera was functioning.

 

Councillor Brian Milnes congratulated the Planning Enforcement Team for achieving its performance targets.

8.

Appeals against Planning Decisions and Enforcement Action pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

Amid concern that South Cambridgeshire District Council no longer had a dedicated Appeals Officer, the Delivery Manager (Planning) referred to the emerging staff structure for the Greater Cambridge Planning Service, which envisaged an alternative means of processing appeals.

9.

Date of Extraordinary Meeting

There will be an Extraordinary meeting of the Planning Committee on Thursday 24 October 2019 starting at 10.00am. The meeting will consider a single planning application by the Wellcome Trust for which a site visit will take place on 8 October.

Minutes:

Members noted that there would be an Extraordinary Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 24 October 2019 starting at 10.00am.