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Apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P. J. Whittaker, with Councillor C. J. Spencer present as substitute for Councillor P. J. Whittaker.
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.
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.
With the agreement of the Chairman the meeting stood adjourned from 18:02 hours to 18:04 hours in order for Councillor S.P. Douglas to finish reading the Supplementary Update sheets.
16/0263 - Hybrid applications comprising of: 1) Outline Application (with all matters reserved with the exception of vehicular points of access and principal routes within the site) for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of: Up to 2,560 dwellings (Class C3); Local centre including retail floorspace up to 900 sq metres (Classes A1, A2, A3) health and community facilities of up to 900 sq metres (Class D1); a 3FE first school (Class D1) (up to 2.8Ha site area) including associated playing area and parking and all associated enabling and ancillary works. 2) Detailed application for the creation of a means of access off Birchfield Road, Cur Lane, Foxlydiate Laned emergency, pedestrian and cycle access to Pumphouse Lane. The creation of a primary access road, including associated cut and fill works and other associated earthworks, landscaping. lighting, drainage and utilities, crossings and surface water attenuation/drainage measures - Land to the West of Foxlydiate La PDF 674 KB
Officers reported that further representations had been received from Worcestershire Acute Health Trust, Bentley Pauncefoot Parish Council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, as detailed in the published Update Report 1; with five further representations being received and clarification from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, along with Worcestershire County Council’s Highway Authority response to Bentley Pauncefoot Parish Council’s comments on Highway issues, as detailed in the published Update Report 2. Both published Update Reports were provided to Committee Members and the public gallery prior to the commencement of the meeting.
Officers from Worcestershire County Council Highways Authority, Worcestershire Regulatory Services and representatives from Mott McDonald were also present at the meeting, should clarification be needed and to respond to questions from the Committee.
Officers highlighted that the application was submitted in hybrid form seeking both full (detailed) and outline planning permission (with all matters reserved with the exception of vehicular points of access and principal routes within the site), as detailed on page 27 of the main agenda report. Should permission be granted, subsequent reserved matters applications would be required to deal with the details of those matters approved in outline.
A new site access on Foxlydiate Lane had been proposed and would serve as the access to and early phase of development which would ultimately connect to the spine road and the local centre. The new site access had been designed against actual vehicle speeds and had been shown to be acceptable. It had been recognised that there would be a significant engineering operation to form a temporary access and that earth from within the site would be needed to create this. A Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) would limit the impact to residents. It was noted that the CEMP had not been agreed so there would be an opportunity to control the construction phase.
The site was predominantly within Bromsgrove district and located on the northwest edge of Redditch and primarily comprised agricultural land.
Officers further informed the Committee that storey heights had been amended to up to 2 storeys and that the site plan had been amended to show that the middle zone north was the Esso Oil pipeline.
Officers drew Members’ attention to the revised Recommendation, as detailed on pages 10 and 11 of the supplementary agenda papers - Update 1.
At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. Glainger and County Councillor R. Lunn addressed the Committee objecting to the application. Mr J. Kirby (the Applicant’s agent), addressed the Committee. Councillor R. Bewsher (on behalf of Bentley Pauncefoot Parish Council) and Councillor P. J. Whittaker, in whose Ward the application site was located, also addressed the Committee.
With the agreement of the Chairman; the Head of Planning and Regeneration informed the Committee that the Council had a duty to co-operate on planning issues that crossed administrative boundaries, particularly those which related to the strategic priorities.
Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils had worked through the duty to co-operate to find and assess possible locations to meet the potential shortfall that ... view the full minutes text for item 44/19