Agenda for Planning Committee on Monday 1st February 2021, 6.00 p.m.

Agenda and minutes

Virtual meeting, Planning Committee - Monday 1st February 2021 6.00 p.m.

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Apologies for absence and notification of substitutes

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor G. N. Denaro with  Councillor S. A. Webb in attendance as the substitute Member.

 

Apologies for absence were also received from Councillors P. M. McDonald and H. Rone-Clarke.  It was noted that Councillor H. Rone-Clarke should have been in attendance as the substitute member for Councillor P. M. McDonald.

 

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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 A. B. L. English declared in relation to Agenda Item 7, (Minute No 81/20), in that she knew Mr. Bailes in her role as District Councillor from some of Alvechurch Parish Council committee meetings, however, she had not discussed planning application 19/00976/HYB – Land at Brockhill East, Weights Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, with Mr. Bailes.

 

Councillor S. A. Webb declared in relation to Agenda Item 5, (Minute No 79/20, in that the site lay within her County Councillor Division.

 

Councillor P. J. Whittaker declared in relation to Agenda Item 7, (Minute No 81/20), in that the planning application 19/00976/HYB – Land at Brockhill East, Weights Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, was within his district ward area.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 21st December 2020, were received.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 21st December 2020, be approved as a correct record.

 

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Updates to planning applications reported at the meeting pdf icon PDF 345 KB

Minutes:

The Chairman announced that a Committee Update had been circulated to all Planning Committee Members prior to the meeting commencing.

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Tree Preservation Order (No. 12) 2020 - Trees on land at 19 Green Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 OLD pdf icon PDF 263 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report which detailed proposals to confirm, without modification, Tree Preservation Order (No.12) 2020, relating to trees on land at 19 Green Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0LD.   

 

Officers provided a detailed presentation.  

 

Officers informed the Committee that the tree in question was a mature Oak that had long predated the construction of both Beehive Close and Green Lane. 

 

Officers drew Members’ attention to the objection received and the officer’s comments in relation to the points raised within the objection, as detailed on pages 10 and 11 of the main agenda report.

 

Officers further informed the Committee that since the TPO order had been raised, officers had received an application consenting to do work on the Oak tree; namely for a reduction in the density of the crown of the tree, this application had been granted.  Officers clarified that there would be a time limit of two years for the work to be carried out; however, officers could not enforce this.     

 

RESOLVED that Tree Preservation Order (No.12) 2020 relating to trees on land at 19 Green Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0LD, be confirmed without modification, as detailed in the Provisional Order on Appendix 1 to the report.

 

 

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Tree Preservation Order (No. 13) 2020 - Trees on land at Romsley Manor Farm, Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, B62 0ET pdf icon PDF 290 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report which detailed proposals to confirm, without modification, Tree Preservation Order (No.13) 2020, relating to trees on land at Romsley Manor Farm, Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, B62 0ET.    

 

Officers provided a detailed presentation.  

 

Officers informed the Committee that the tree in question was a very prominent feature and provided a high level of amenity value to members of the public using wither the B4551 or the Green opposite Romsley Manor Farm.  In addition, the tree included within the order, added greatly to the character of the area.

 

Officers drew Members’ attention to the objection received and the officer’s comments in relation to the points raised within the objection, as detailed on pages 22 and 23 of the main agenda report.

 

Officers further informed the Committee that the National Planning Policy Framework stated that in relation to amenity value:

 

“’Amenity’ is not defined in law, so authorities need to exercise judgement when deciding whether it is within their powers to make an Order”.

 

RESOLVED that Tree Preservation Order (No.13) 2020 relating to trees on land at Romsley Manor Farm, Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, B62 0ET, be confirmed without modification, as detailed in the Provisional Order on Appendix 1 to the report.

 

 

 

 

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19/00976/HYB -Hybrid applications 19/00976/HYB and 19/00977/HYB for up to 960 dwellings consisting of a full application for 128 dwellings accessed off Weights Lane, new public open space, drainage system, engineering operations associated works and an outline application (with all matters reserved with the exception of access) for the construction of the remaining dwellings with access points off Cookridge Close, Hawling Street and Weights Lane and including a new District Centre, new play facilities, new highway network, public open space, new drainage system and surface water attenuation, engineering operations and all associated works including landscaping - Land at Brockhill East, Weights Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire - Persimmon Homes Ltd pdf icon PDF 520 KB

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Minutes:

Officers reported that there were revised Recommendations and Conditions that superseded those as detailed on pages 81 to 104 of the main agenda report.  The outcome of Redditch Borough Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 27th January 2021, whereby Planning Committee Members were minded to grant planning permission for the hybrid planning application 19/00977/HYB.  The five areas of concern raised by Bordesley Matters and the responses to their concerns from Worcestershire County Council (WCC), Highways and Mott MacDonald.  Additional comments received from Councillor Monaco, Redditch Borough Council; and 3 further representations received; as detailed in the published Committee Update Report, copies of which were provided to Members and published on the Council’s website prior to the commencement of the meeting.

 

Officers presented the report and in doing so informed the Committee that the applications had been submitted in hybrid form comprising elements seeking both full and outline planning permission.  The application site crossed the boundaries between Redditch Borough Council (RBC) and Bromsgrove District Council (BBC).  The applications had been submitted to both local authorities and a decision needed to be made by both local authorities.

 

The full application consisted of the construction of 128 dwellings with access provided off a realigned Weights Lane, which would also provide access to other development parcels within the outline proposal.

 

In terms of the split between the two authorities, there was a total of 76 dwellings in Redditch and 52 dwellings in Bromsgrove, with a requirement of 30% affordable housing in Redditch and 40% affordable housing in Bromsgrove.

 

Officers drew Members’ attention to the following presentation slides:-

 

·         Application Site Context, as detailed on page 105 of  the main agenda report.

·         View of Application Site, as detailed on page 106 of the main agenda report.

·         Administrative Boundaries, as detailed on page 110 of the main agenda report.

·         Bromsgrove District Plan Allocation, as detailed on page 112 of the main agenda report.

 

Officers referred to the Strategic Planning Background, as detailed on pages 60 to 62, and in doing so informed the Committee that the result of joint working and assessment between RBC and BDC; was the proposal of two large sites to the northwest of Redditch and within Bromsgrove District as the most suitable and sustainable sites which could deliver the homes needed.

 

Officers further drew Members’ attention to the following presentation slides – the ‘Full Element of Hybrid Application, the ‘Highways - Weights Lane improvement scheme’, and the ‘Capacity plan’, as detailed on pages 119, 133 and 113 of the main agenda report.

Officers reiterated that the hybrid application for up to 960 dwellings consisted of a full application for 128 dwellings accessed of Weights Lane, new public open space, drainage system, engineering operations, associated works, and an Outline application for a further 832 dwellings, with all matters reserved, as highlighted on page 103 of the main agenda report,

 

Officers highlighted that Condition 34 had been amended as follows “No more than 85 dwellings hereby approved shall be brought into use until the highway  ...  view the full minutes text for item 81/20