Agenda for Planning Committee on Thursday 31st October 2019, 6.00 p.m.

Agenda and minutes

We recognise that many people may wish to attend and observe the meeting. So we have extended the Parkside Suite to its maximum legal capacity. Please refer to https://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/whitford, Planning Committee
Thursday 31st October 2019 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Parkside Suite - Parkside. View directions

Contact: Pauline Ross 

Items
No. Item

45/19

To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor A. English, with Councillor C. A. Hotham present as substitute.

46/19

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.

Minutes:

Councillor C. A. Hotham declared an other disclosable interest in respect of Minute No. 48/19 stating that his wife was a General Practitioner (GP).

47/19

Updates to planning applications reported at the meeting (to be circulated prior to the start of the meeting) pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed with Members that they had received and read the two updates which had been published and circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting.

48/19

16/1132 - Outline Planning Application for: Site A (Land off Whitford Road) Provision of up to 490 dwellings, Class A1 retail shop (up to 400 square metres), two new priority accesses onto Whitford Road, public open space, landscaping and sustainable urban drainage; and Site B (land off Albert Road) - Demolition of Greyhound Inn Public House, provision of up to 15 dwellings, new priority access onto Albert Road, provision for a new roundabout, landscaping and sustainable drainage - Land at Whitford Road/Albert Road, Bromsgrove - Catesby Estates Limited and Miller Homes Limited pdf icon PDF 575 KB

Minutes:

The Development Management Manager explained the format of the meeting, as agreed with the Chairman prior to the commencement of the meeting, as follows:-

 

·         As Case Officer, he would present his report and presentation slides.

·         Public Speaking, which the Chairman had extended to 15 minutes per category as follows:-            Objectors

                                                      Applicant

                                                            Ward Member

 

·         As agreed with the Chairman, a ten minute comfort break would follow.

 

Members would then have the opportunity to seek any points of clarifaction from Officers of the Council, Worcestershire County Council Highways Authority and Worcestershire Regulatory Services and representatives from Mott McDonald; should clarification be needed.

 

The Development Management Manager reported that the Application had been submitted in outline, with internal access, layout, scale, apperance and landscaping reserved for subsequent approval.  The development related to an Outline Planning Application for:

 

Site A (Land off Whitford Road), which was currently used as agricultural land; the provision of up to 490 dwellings, Class 1A retail shop (up to 400 square metres), two new priortiy accessess onto Whitford Road, public open space, landscaping and sustainable urban drainage; and

 

Site B (Land of Albert Road), demolition of the Greyhound Public House, provision of up to 15 dwellings, a new priority access onto Albert Road, provision for a new roundabout, landscaping and sustainable drainage.  There was a separate frontage onto Albert Road which also included a now disused point of access.

 

At this point in the proceedings, the Chairman announced an adjournment, due to technical issues being experienced with the live streaming of the meeting, into the Committee Room and Room 54, Parkside.

 

The meeting stood adjourned at 18:11 hours to 18:50 hours.

 

Having reconvened, the Chairman announced that members of the public seated in the Committee Room and Room 54, Parkside, had been unable to hear the Development Management Manager’s report or see the presentation slides clearly.  Therefore the Development Management Manager would start his report and present the slides from the beginning, as detailed in the preamble above.

 

Following on from this, the Development Management Manager further reported that although access for Site A and Site B was being considered in detail, the application contained a substantial amount of information on the proposals for site development, including an illustrative site layout plan.

Members’ attention was also drawn to paragraph 2.6 in the report, which provided further clarity for Committee Members, detailing what the proposed development would consist of; and paragraph 2.8 in the report, which detailed the highway mitigation measures external to Site A and Site B.

 

The Development Management Manager drew Members’ attention to page 36 of the main agenda report, which detailed the relevant planning history.  Paragraph 4.11 in the main agenda report stated that “This application as it relates to Site A, seeks to address the concerns raised by the Inspector in the appeal, principally in the context of striking a balance between:

 

1.    The need for housing; and

2.    The need to provide adequate transport infrastructure, including reasonable standards of safety and ease of movement,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48/19