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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors A. J. B. Beaumont, S. G. Hession and C. A. Hotham.
With Councillor C. J. Spencer present as substitute for Councillor A. J. B. Beaumont and Councillor M. A. Sherrey present as substitute for Councillor S. G. Hession.
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.
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 678 KB
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
· 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, Worcestershire Regulatory Services and representatives from Mott MacDonald; should clarification be needed.
The Development Management Manager provided a brief procedural update and reminded all those present that, at the Planning Committee meeting held on 31st October 2019; Members of the Planning Committee had deferred the application in order for further discussions to take place between the main parties; Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire County Council, Highways Officers, Mott Mcdonald, the applicant and other third parties as necessary (with specific reference to Whitford Vale Voice (WVV) and the Ward Member, Councillor L. Mallett); in order to seek further detailed information to address the concerns raised by Planning Committee Members during the course of the meeting.
The Development Management Manager drew Members’ attention to:-
Appendix 1 – Tabulated response to Deferral Reasons Arising from 31st October 2019 Planning Committee meeting:
(1) Whitford Vale Voice
(2) Worcestershire County Council (acting as Highway Authority)
Appendix 2 – Tabulated Response to Deferral Reasons Arising from 31st October 2019 Planning Committee meeting:-
(1) Catesby Esatates Limited and Miller Homes Limited
(2) Mott Mcdonald (acting as Transport Planning Advisors to Bromsgrove District Council
Members were further informed that the District Council had received notification from the Applicants on 2nd December 2019 of an intention to appeal against the failure of the Local Planning Authority to make a decision on the application within the statutory time period and in the absence of a written agreement of the parties to extend the decision-making period (this being 7th November 2019). The District Council subsequently received notification on 17th January 2020 that the Applicants had exercised their right to appeal against the non-determination of the application. The District Council formally received notification from the Planning Inspectorate on 30th January 2020 that the appeal was valid and the appeal process had now commenced.
The Development Management Manager further reported on:-
Committee Update 1 – 14 additional representations had been received objecting to the scheme. There were no new matters or issues raised above those already contained in the published report. A further letter dated 9th February 2020 from Whitford Vale Voce,which replaced their previous letter submitted on 12th October 2019, as detailed in the published Committee Update 1 Report, copies of which were provided to Committee Members and the public prior to the commencement of the meeting.
Committee Update 2 - 13 additional representations had been received objecting to the scheme. There were no new matters or issues raised above those already contained in the published ... view the full minutes text for item 68/19