Officers reported that they had received amended contaminated land comments from Worcestershire Regulatory Services. Mott McDonald (acting as Transport Planning Advisors to the Council) had reviewed the latest documents published on the planning portal site and had three main key points that the developer would need to consider, as follows:-
· Uncontrolled crossing of Perryfields Road
· Footpath / Cycleway connection from Perryfields
· Cumulative Assessments
Members’ attention was also drawn to the amended Conditions, Condition 2 and Condition 10, as detailed in the published Committee Update, 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 drew Members’ attention to the Site Location presentation slide, as detailed on page 137 of the main agenda report.
Officers informed the Committee that the application proposed the erection of 60 dwellings on land to the north of Perryfields Road, Bromsgrove and formed part of the BROM2 allocation as a Bromsgrove Town Expansion Site.
Members were further informed that the proposal sought permission for a 100% affordable housing scheme. The proposed house types were detailed on page 143 of the main agenda report.
Members were asked to note that, the application proposed a new vehicular and pedestrian access off Perryfields Road further to the west than the existing farm gate access into the site.
At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. P. Rawle the Applicant’s agent addressed the Committee.
The Committee then considered the Application, which officers had recommended for approval.
Officers responded to questions from the Committee with regard to the uncontrolled crossing of Perryfields Road, child safety when accessing the play area and safety around the balancing ponds.
In response to further questions from the Committee with regard to the comments received from Mott MacDonald, as detailed on pages 1 to 3 of the Committee Update.
Ms. K. Hanchett, Worcestershire Highways stated that they were aware of the comments received from Mott MacDonald and they were content, however she would ask Mr. G. Nock, Jacobs to respond further.
With the agreement of the Chairman, Mr. G. Nock, Jacobs, who had acted on behalf of WCC Highways Authority providing advice on this application addressed the Committee.
Mr. Nock informed Members that he had worked closely with Mott MacDonald and that there had been due diligence with regard to the three main key points raised:-
Uncontrolled crossing of Perryfields Road
Access and pedestrian consideration had been taken very seriously. There would be a number of pedestrian crossings throughout the site and a Road Safety Audit procedure had been undertaken twice in this case.
Footpath / Cycleway connection from Perryfields
This was achievable.
He would assure Members that the approach was to align with that transport strategy, which would be a very comprehensive strategy, in order to deliver today and to be delivered at a later stage.
In response to further questions from the Committee, Mr. Nock referred to the ‘monitor and manage’ strategy, as detailed on page 2 of the Committee Update and that s106 monies would contribute to such a strategy.
Members asked for it to be noted that, it would be useful if developers and officers could include in future reports to the Committee details on Climate Change Carbon Neutrality and homes for life initiatives for larger developments.
Members further commented that it was a good application, which would provide much needed housing.
RESOLVED that planning permission be granted subject to:-
a) the Conditions and Informatives, as detailed on pages 127 to 134 of the main agenda report; and
b) amended Conditions 2 and 10, as detailed on page 3 of the Committee Update.