Decisions

Decisions published

28/03/2024 - Community Chest Grants ref: 12424    Recommendations Approved

On 28 March 2024 the Grants Advisory Committee reviewed all Community Chest applications received between 7 February 2024 and 7 March 2024.

 

Ten applications were brought forward in ‘Appendix A’ of the meeting reports pack.

 

After consideration of these applications, the Committee recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Resources that:

 

1.     The George Long Charity for Swavesey Memorial Hall (MSWSJGHW) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £876

 

2.     Fowlmere Recreation Ground and Village Hall (LCVTNCRN) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £2,000

 

 

3.     Linton Community Quilt (LJWQZPSD) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £593.98

 

4.     Carlton Parish Council (TPFSNJQB) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £681.90

 

5.     Bar Hill Community Association (CGCTDGCS) is not funded, but deferred- please see the ‘Other options considered and reasons for rejection’ section.

 

6.     Cambourne Church (GZKLMCHT) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £425.00

 

7.     Hope Against Poverty (FHRZHFDR) is not funded, but deferred- please see the ‘Other options considered and reasons for rejection’ section.

 

8.     Reach Community Projects (NDPQLJJD) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £2,000

 

9.     Melbourn Fete Committee (QQVVSZQL) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £2,000

 

10.  Cambourne Church (QDJLVXNV) is not funded, but deferred- please see the ‘Other options considered and reasons for rejection’ section.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Resources

Decision published: 02/04/2024

Effective from: 10/04/2024

Decision:

To accept the recommendations of the Grants Advisory Committee (see above). In reference to the application from Cambourne Church (GZKLMCHT), funding is awarded provided that reassurance is given that the bereavement cafe is truly available to all in a non-religious way.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Emma Dyer


27/02/2024 - Ermine Street Limited - Additional Funding, Cabinet 6 February ref: 12422    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 27/02/2024 - Council

Decision published: 27/03/2024

Effective from: 27/02/2024


27/03/2024 - Response to Government Consultation: Changes to various permitted development rights ref: 12423    Recommendations Approved

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC) is seeking views on proposed changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended. Covering changes to:

 

·       certain permitted development rights which enable householders to improve and enlarge their homes.

·       the building upwards permitted development rights which enable the upward extension of a range of existing buildings.

·       the permitted development right which allows for the demolition of certain buildings and rebuild as homes.

·       the permitted development rights which enable the installation of electrical outlets and upstands for recharging electric vehicles.

·       the permitted development right for the installation of air source heat pumps.

 

Feedback is requested via submission of written responses to the answered questions included within the document.

 

The consultation is open for 8 weeks from the 13 February 2024.  Further information can be viewed on the DLUHC website for the consultation: Changes to various permitted development rights: consultation

 

Submission Deadline: Tuesday 9 April 2024

 

Proposed Approach:

  • Focussed response to those proposals which may affect our current and future Greater Cambridge Local Plan approach and other material concerns for the councils.
  • To not respond to call for evidence regarding opinion of effectiveness and application of specific permitted development rights.

 

Number of Questions:

 

Total Questions: 53

  • Question not responded to: 12
  • Responded to questions: 41

 

 

Important/High-level Proposed Changes which may affect Greater Cambridge current policies and future Local Plan approach:

 

  • Alterations to PD (under Class A of Part 1 which provides for the enlargement, improvement or other alteration to a dwellinghouse) to provide householders with further flexibility to undertake larger extensions:

Ø  Changes would undermine the Councils’ ability to consider proposals against policies in the adopted local plan which seek development that is appropriate to the surrounding context. The extension of the right would limit public participation in the planning process. Changes could lead to overdevelopment and poor design due to lack of scrutiny which is currently possible where proposals are submitted via planning application.

Ø  We support the consideration to amend the existing requirement in relation to materials used in exterior works outside of conservation areas as this would enable use of better more modern materials.

Ø  We support amendment to enable single storey wrap around L-shaped extensions as this would lead to better planned internal layouts which would support modern ways of living.

 

  • Alterations to PD (under Class ZA of Part 20 which allows for the demolition of certain single detached buildings and the construction of a block of flats or a single detached dwellinghouse in its place) to:

a)    remove the limitation restricting the permitted development right to buildings built on or before 31 December 1989.

b)    introduce a limit on the maximum age of the original building that can be demolished so that right does not apply to buildings built before 1930.

c)    allow the Class ZA rebuild footprint for buildings that were originally in use as offices, research and development and industrial processes to benefit from the Class A, Part 7 permitted development right at the time of redevelopment only. This would allow for an increase in the overall footprint of the new building.

Ø  Changes would increase the number of buildings in scope making it easier for change of use not subject to consideration through planning application, and so undermine the Councils’ ability to consider proposals against policies in the adopted local plan. Proposals should be considered via a planning application in order to protect the health and amenity of future occupiers and surrounding uses, to ensure high quality design and to ensure delivery of good placemaking outcomes (including delivery of beautiful places). Could undermine the NPPF’s aim to deliver beautiful places as would impact on the Councils ability to reject poor quality design and ability to ensure the environmental sustainability of development and reduce the involvement of local communities as supported via traditional planning application process.

 

  • Alteration to PD limitation that the building being extended must have been constructed after 1 July 1948, (under Class AA of Part 1 and Class A, AA, AB, AC and AD of Part 20, which allows for the upward extension of buildings to create new homes and provide additional living space) could be amended to an alternative date or removed entirely.

Ø  Changes could adversely affect character and amenity in established streets. The limitation restricting upwards extensions on buildings built before 1 July 1948 should remain.

 

  • Proposed alteration to PD limitation under Class C of Part 1, (which allows for other alterations to the roof of a house), so it only applies where alteration takes place on roof that fronts a highway.

Ø  Changes would erode the current safeguard provided by the PD limitation and if amended could have visual and amenity impacts.

 

  • Proposed alteration to PD (Class E of Part 1) to allow bin and bike stores in front gardens (including in front gardens of homes in article 2(3) land (which includes conservation areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads, National Parks and World Heritage Sites), limited to no more than 2 metres in width, 1 metre in depth and 1.5 metres in height.

Ø  We support the approach, particularly as could help encourage cycling but as it includes front gardens in article 2(3) land (which includes conservation areas) have noted that the right should consider additional limitations on size and materials to minimise townscape impacts.

 

  • Proposal for PD rights under Class B of Part 1 to apply to flats (currently right only applies to “dwellinghouses”) so that modest roof extensions can be made to provide additional living space in flats:

Ø  Changes could cause detrimental visual and amenity impacts leading to development that overlooks adjacent properties and/or their private amenity areas, is overbearing or results in a loss of daylight, enclosure or other environmental impacts. Higher density layouts need considerably more assessment as to their effects on neighbouring amenity.

 

Other Changes

 

  • Alterations to PD (under Class B of Part 1 which allows for the enlargement of a dwellinghouse consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof) to remove current limitations on the additional roof space created so that householders can convert up all available loft space and to allow enlargements which are not visible from the street to extend to the original eaves with no set-back:

Ø  Changes would cause visual/ amenity impact and impact on design.  Could lead to development that overlooks adjacent properties and/or their private amenity areas, is overbearing or results in a loss of daylight, enclosure or other environmental impacts. 

 

  • Alteration to PD (Class E of Part 1) so that it does not apply to scheduled monuments. This, to allow for individual consideration of proposals through a planning application where a building etc incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse would be erected in the curtilage of a dwellinghouse that was designated as a scheduled monument.

Ø  We support the amendment. A requirement to submit a planning application would be more appropriate to allow for individual consideration of proposals and provide the opportunity for any impact to be assessed on a case by case basis. 

 

  • Proposed alterations of PD (under Class D and E of Part 2), to:

a)    remove limitations so that wall-mounted outlets and upstands can be installed anywhere within an area lawfully used for off-street parking.

b)    increase to the height of the upstand from 2.3 metres to 2.7 metres for installations that are not within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse or a block of flats.

Ø  We support the approach as this will allow greater flexibility within often constrained sites to locate the infrastructure within a location that can be utilised most efficiently.

 

  • Proposal that PD rights should allow for the installation of a unit for equipment housing or storage cabinets to support the operation of bigger and more powerful EV upstands (subject to limitations and conditions)

Ø  We support the approach as it will make installation easier for sites installing large numbers of charge points as allows greater flexibility in design.

 

  • Proposed alterations of PD (under Class G of part 14), to remove limitation that an air source heat pump must be at least 1 metre from the property boundary.

 

We support the approach with proviso that installation is acceptable in terms of noise and emphasise that some form of noise mitigation may be required.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Decision published: 27/03/2024

Effective from: 06/04/2024

Decision:

That the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning agrees:

a.       to submit the response to the open consultation on changes to various permitted development rights as set out in Appendix 1.

b.       that delegated authority is given to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development to agree any minor amendments to the response in order to finalise the joint response.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Charlotte Morgan-Shelbourne


26/03/2024 - Response to Government Consultation: Strengthening planning policy for brownfield development ref: 12421    Recommendations Approved

NOTE: This is an amended response to that published on the 19/03/2024. A substantive amendment has been added to the wording within Appendix 1, at question 1 and question 15. Additional wording has been added due a response from a Cambridge City Councillor and this is a joint Councils’ response.

 

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC) is seeking views on how it might strengthen national planning policy to support brownfield development. It also seeks views on reviewing the threshold for referral of applications to the Mayor of London. The 3 consultation proposals are:

·     Changes to national planning policy to give significant weight to the benefits of delivering as many homes as possible and to take a flexible approach in applying planning policies or guidance relating to the internal layout of development.

·     Changes to the way the Housing Delivery Test operates in the 20 towns and cities subject to the uplift in the standard method. This would introduce an additional presumption in favour of sustainable development on brownfield land where the Housing Delivery Test score falls below 95%.

·     Reviewing the threshold for referral of applications to the Mayor of London.

Consultation closes on 26 March 2024 and further information can be viewed on the DLUHC webpage for the consultation: Strengthening planning policy for brownfield development - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Feedback is requested via submission of written responses to the answered questions included within the document. The councils’ response is set out in Appendix 1. Given that the proposal relating to the threshold for referral of applications to the Mayor of London does not relate to Greater Cambridge, no response is proposed to the questions related to this.

 

Within the councils’ response, many of the key responses relate to the:

 

·       change to national planning policy to make clear local planning authorities should give significant weight to the benefits of delivering as many homes as possible

·       change to national planning policy to make clear local planning authorities should take a flexible approach in applying planning policies or guidance relating to the internal layout of development.

·       other planning barriers in relation to developing on brownfield land

·       how national planning policy better support development on brownfield land

·       how national planning policy better support brownfield development on small sites

 

The Councils response states that although we are supportive of development of brownfield sites, which reflects the existing NPPF, we express multiple concerns that strengthening planning policy around such areas through the options proposed will lower the quality of homes and lead to ‘quantity over quality’ on brownfield sites. All options proposed reduce standards of development and placemaking. This would lead to the erosion of development quality, sustainability, affordability, energy efficiency, and homes with sufficient space for families / working at home, for the provision of quantity. It also states that through the Local Plan as a comprehensive strategy, rather than piecemeal change, is the appropriate approach to allocating the best and most appropriate sites for residential uses, and this includes the re-use of brownfield sites.

 

Note that the response is proposed to be joint by Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, subject to each council’s individual decision sign of process.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Planning

Decision published: 26/03/2024

Effective from: 05/04/2024

Decision:

That the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning agrees:

a)    to submit the response to the open consultation on strengthening planning policy for brownfield development as set out in Appendix 1.

b)    that delegated authority is given to the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development to agree any minor amendments to the response in order to finalise the joint response.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Samantha Johnston


26/03/2024 - Response to government consultation on a direction to the Regulator of Social Housing to set a competence and conduct Standard for social housing ref: 12420    Recommendations Approved

To respond to a government consultation on consultation for a direction to the Regulator of Social Housing to set a competence and conduct standard for social housing

 

The government is introducing a mandatory qualification for senior housing managers to obtain a qualification diploma/degree level qualification in housing management and for all social landlords to have a code of conduct.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Housing

Decision published: 26/03/2024

Effective from: 05/04/2024

Decision:

Given the importance of the impact on the council’s landlord function it is important for the local authority views to be known.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martyn Hilliam


21/03/2024 - Affordable Housing Acquisition - 102 no, New Homes, Cambourne ref: 12417    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Council

Decision published: 24/03/2024

Effective from: 21/03/2024

Decision:

Council

 

Agreed           to

 

A)       Approve this acquisition, authorising the Service Manager – Acquisitions and Development to proceed to contract with the developer (SCIP).

 

B)       Approve the onward sale of the relevant Shared Ownership homes (30).

 


21/03/2024 - South Cambridgeshire Investment Partnership Investment at Cambourne ref: 12416    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 21/03/2024 - Council

Decision published: 24/03/2024

Effective from: 21/03/2024

Decision:

Council

 

Agreed          to

 

A)       Approve an investment decision in the housing development site to the northwest of Cambourne as set out in detail in the approved SCIP LLP Project Plan (Exempt Appendix 1); the development of the site is through SCIP LLP.

 

B)       Provide a mandate to the Council’s SCIP LLP Board Members for decisions facilitating the development of the site and delivery of the Council’s Investment as set out in the approved SCIP LLP Project Plan (Exempt Appendix 1) which is adopted by the SCIP Board.  The Project Plan will change at milestones during the delivery phase of the scheme in accordance with SCIP LLP Board governance.  The mandate is subject to SCIP implementing a planning consent which is unfettered by legal challenge.

 

C)       Approve the Chief Finance Officer’s Report set out in Exempt Appendix 2 with the planned commitments associated with the Council’s borrowing (internal and/or external).  The Investment Plan will be refined and updated in line with amendments to the SCIP Project Plan approved by the SCIP Board during the delivery phase.  The Council’s funding will be built into the Capital Programme.

 

D)       Note the decision made in May 2021 relating to the HRA purchase of c 120 units.  This decision is now the subject of a separate report on this agenda.

 

E)        Note a licence will be granted by CBPL to SCIP for works to be undertaken on the land parcels which are in CBPL ownership, and which are included within the SCIP planning redline.  A plan and details of the proposed works are set out in Exempt Appendix 3.

 

F)        Authorise officers to undertake, at the appropriate time, a procurement exercise to identify a tenant for the café.