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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors A. Bailes and
J. Robinson, with Councillor S. M. Evans in attendance as the substitute Member for Councillor J. Robinson.
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 minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 3rd July 2023, were received.
It was noted prior to the commencement of the meeting that there was a typographical error of page 10 of the main agenda pack, which showed RESOVED and not RESOLVED.
RESOLVED that, subject to the amendment, as detailed in the preamble above that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 3rd July 2023, be approved as a correct record.
Updates to planning applications reported at the meeting
The Chairman announced that there was no Committee Update.
22/01608/REM - Application for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for the construction of 109 dwellings and associated works and infrastructure, pursuant to the outline planning permissions - 19/00976/HYB and 19/00977/HYB. (Cross boundary application with Redditch BC - 22/01553/REM). Phase 6 Development Site Brockhill East, Hewell Road, Redditch, Worcestershire - Persimmon Homes South Midlands Ltd PDF 141 KB
Officers presented the report and in doing so highlighted that the application was for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for the construction of 109 dwellings and associated works and infrastructure, pursuant to the outline planning permissions 19/00976/HYB and 19/00977/HYB. (Cross boundary application with Redditch BC 22/01553/REM). Phase 6 Development Site Brockhill East, Hewell Road, Redditch, Worcestershire.
Officers presented the presentation slides, as detailed on pages 38 to 50 of the main agenda pack.
The application site formed part of the Brockhill allocation, which was a greenfield site extending to circa 56 hectares. Two identical applications had been submitted, which included land within two LPA boundaries (Bromsgrove and Redditch). The consideration of the impacts of a development proposal was not altered by political boundaries and could not be considered in isolation.
Members were informed that the Redditch reserved matters application was considered at Redditch Borough Council’s (RBC) Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 12th July and was approved subject to conditions.
Members were further informed that, Phase 4 (22/00255/REM) for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for the construction of 72 dwellings and associated works and infrastructure, pursuant to the hybrid planning permissions 19/00976/HYB and 19/00977/HYB (Cross boundary application with Redditch BC 22/00359/REM). Reserved Matters was granted 26th August 2022.
The principle of the proposed development (for up to 960 units) had been established through the granting of Hybrid permission 19/00977/HYB.
Therefore, officers reiterated that issues for consideration by Members was limited to matters of: -
· Layout (including internal vehicle access)
as detailed on pages 27 and 28 of the main agenda report.
The Illustrative Masterplan builds on the vision of the Framework Plan, suggesting where potential pedestrian access points could be located across the whole site. These points had been identified within Phase 6 and had been labelled on the layout to link the scheme with the school and District Centre, creating greater connectivity for pedestrians.
No objections had been received from Highways, subject to the conditions, as detailed on page 24 of the main agenda report.
The Committee then considered the Reserved Matters application, which officers had recommended to be granted.
Officers responded to questions from Members with regards to affordable housing and in doing so stated that, this had also been raised at the RBC Planning Committee meeting held on 12th July 2023.
Officers stated that the developers were proposing to have a higher level of affordable housing on the other phases. The s106 agreement sets out affordable housing, there was no wriggle room. Different levels of affordable housing could be expected over a large development with multiple phases. The next cross boundary application Phase 5 would have a higher level of affordable housing. Officers were not in a position to condition affordable housing outside of the reserved matters application due to the red line area of this phase of development. Affordable housing was secured as part of the s106 agreement and would be met in full. The Housing Strategy ... view the full minutes text for item 25/23