Agenda for Planning Committee on Monday 4th July 2022, 6.00 p.m.

Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Monday 4th July 2022 6.00 p.m.

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Contact: Pauline Ross 

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Election of Chairman


RESOLVED that Councillor H.J. Jones be elected as Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing municipal year.


The Chairman informed all those present that the meeting was being Live Streamed on the Council’s YouTube channel; and requested that Members and Officers remembered to use their microphones and to speak clearly.


Election of Vice-Chairman


RESOLVED that Councillor A. D. Kriss be elected as Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing municipal year.



To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes


There were no apologies for absence.  


Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 246 KB


The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 16th May 2022 were received.


That it be noted that Councillor A. B. L. English was in attendance at the meeting for Minute Numbers 93/21 and 94/21.    


RESOLVED that, subject to the amendment, as detailed in the preamble above, that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 16th May 2022, be approved as a correct record.


Updates to planning applications reported at the meeting pdf icon PDF 296 KB


The Chairman announced that a Committee Update had been circulated to all Planning Committee Members and asked all Members if they had received and read the Committee Update.


All Members agreed that they had received and read the Committee Update.


22/00090/REM - Reserved Matters (layout; scale; appearance and landscaping) to outline planning permission 16/1132 (granted on appeal) APP/P1805/W/20/3245111) - for the erection of 370 dwellings with associated car parking, landscaping and other infrastructure within the southern section of Site A - Land at Whitford Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire - Mr R Earley pdf icon PDF 361 KB

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The Chairman asked Members to note, that as detailed in the officer’s report;  


That following the granting of outline planning permission and the approval of Access by the Planning Inspector, the application tonight sought consent for the remaining 4 Reserved Matters for the erection of 370 dwellings together with associated car parking, landscaping and other infrastructure on most of the southern 2 thirds of site A.


Therefore, the issues for consideration by Members tonight were limited to matters of the internal vehicular access, layout, scale, appearance and landscaping.


The following would not be discussed:-


  • the release of this site for housing provision.
  • air quality.
  • traffic and highway issues external to the site.
  • schools, doctors and dentists.
  • drainage, flood risk and wildlife issues.


As the principle of development on this site had already been established by the outline planning permission.


It was also noted that prior to the meeting being held and in the absence of a Chairman being elected, it was agreed by the Proper Officer, that the public speaking time would be extended to ten minutes per party.


Officers drew Members’ attention to the Committee Update, which detailed additional comments on pages 1 and 2, from:-


·         Councillor L. C. R. Mallett

·         Whitford Vale Voice

·         The Bromsgrove Society

·         Highways Authority

·         North Worcestershire Water Management (NWWM)

·         Ecology Matters


Officers further drew Members’ attention to the Amended Conditions, as detailed on page 2, of the Committee Update, copies of which were provided to Committee Members and published on the Council’s website prior to the commencement of the meeting.


Officers presented the report and in doing so drew Members’ attention to the presentation slides, as detailed in the supplementary agenda pack, pages 1 to 16.


Officers further informed the Committee that the Reserved Matters to be considered under this application were:-

·         Layout

·         Scale

·         Appearance

·         Landscaping


 As detailed on page 11 of the main agenda report.


Officers referred to the ‘Site and its Surroundings’, as detailed on page 9 of the main agenda report and commented that the height of retaining structures shown parts 1 and 2 of the plans would vary and would include gabion baskets, as detailed on page 7 and 8 of the supplementary agenda pack.  The boundary treatments would be a mixture of close boarded fences, decorative fences and existing retained hedgerow, as detailed on page 13 of the supplementary agenda pack.  


The site was a greenfield site approximately 17.5 hectares in size. It formed most of the southern 2 thirds of the Bromsgrove Town Expansion Site BROM3 and was allocated for development in the District Plan.   


The layout included pedestrian/cycle routes separate from vehicular traffic leading through the site. There was a pathway looping between the areas of public open space which would lead to a new toucan crossing point over Whitford Road, linking directly into Sanders Park, as detailed on page 5 of the supplementary agenda pack.   


Housing officers had been consulted with and had agreed that the affordable housing provision, mix and cluster arrangements within the layout  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7/22