Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual meeting - This meeting is being held remotely using Skype for Business

Contact: Email: democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk 

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89.

Register of attendance, membership and apologies for absence

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    Minutes:

    An apology for absence was noted for Councillor Charmaine Morgan.

     

    A register of attendance was taken, and it was confirmed that the remainder of the Committee were present.

     

    The Chairman noted that due to the number of speakers for Item 7 on the Agenda, application S20/1851 and subject to the availability of the speakers, this item would be brought forward to Item 6 as the current Item 6, application S20/1820 did not have any speakers.  

90.

Disclosure of interests

91.

Minutes of the meeting held on 17 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 338 KB

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    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 17 February 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

92.

Application S18/1457 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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    Proposal:                  Submission for approval of reserved matters (aorm) relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for 480 residential units pursuant to outline permission S15/3189

    Location:                   Land to The North of Longcliffe Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire

    Recommendation:     Approve subject to conditions

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Proposal:                  Submission for approval of reserved matters (aorm) relating to  appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for 480 residential units pursuant to outline permission S15/3189

    Location:                  Land to The North of Longcliffe Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire

    Recommendation:  Approve subject to conditions

     

    Noting comments made during the public session by:

     

    Ward Councillors:               Councillor Ian Stokes

                                                    Councillor Ray Wootten

    Applicant’s Agent:              Mark Mann

     

    Together with:

    ·        Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework, the South Kesteven Local Plan and supplementary planning documents.

    ·        No comments from Great Gonerby Parish Council.

    ·        No further comments from the Environment Agency.

    ·        No objection but referral to the standing Advice from Network Rail.

    ·        Comments from Lincolnshire County Council Footpaths.

    ·        No comments from the Upper Witham Internal Drainage Board.

    ·        No objection from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SuDS Support.

    ·        No comments received for the amended plans but a request for indicative potential access to schools from Lincolnshire County Council Education.

    ·        No comments from Highways England.

    ·        Comments and a request for clarification on the noise protection from SKDC Environmental Protection.

    ·        No objections subject to appropriate materials from the SKDC Conservation Officer.

    ·        No comments but a suggestion from Historic England, that the views of the Council’s specialist conservation and archaeological advisers are sought.

    ·        No objection but referral to standard advice from Natural England.

    ·        No comments but an expression of preference for cul-de-sacs from Lincolnshire Police.

    ·        Comments and concerns raised by the National Trust, but no further comments on the amended plans.

    ·        Comments from the SKDC Principal Design Officer.

    ·        Representations received as a result of public consultation.

    ·        Comments made by Members at the meeting.

     

    Members commented on:

    ·        Whether this application had been received within the three-year lifetime of the original application.

    It was noted that the application had been received within the three-year period.

    ·       The need for more consideration to be given to landscaping especially on larger developments.

    It was noted that more consideration would be given to landscaping schemes for larger developments.

    ·        How would the development relate to the existing estate in terms of distance, relative heights, intervisibility and connectivity.

    It was noted that a buffer zone with good landscaping would be in place between the two developments together with link roads.

     

    ·        The lack of bungalows for the over 55’s on such sites and the potential segregation of an elderly population when integration and a sense of community should reflect people from all ages.

    It was noted that developments in other areas contained accommodation appropriate for the over 55’s.

    ·        Noise attenuation for the properties in close proximity to the railway line.

    It was noted that Condition 9 would be amended to reflect the required works in respect noise attenuation.

    ·        How land gradient and sensitivity to residence privacy would be dealt with.

    ·        Increased traffic along Belton Lane, whether traffic lights would be installed at the end of Belton Lane at the junction with High Road (A607) at the Manthorpe end and the Newark Hill junction (B1174) at the Great Gonerby End of Belton Lane.

    ·        The impact  ...  view the full minutes text for item 92.

93.

Application S20/1235 pdf icon PDF 930 KB

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    Proposal:                  Reserved matters application for approval of details  relating to landscaping, layout, appearance and scale (phase 2) in connection with outline residential development of up to 145 dwellings with primary access of Linchfield Road and secondary access of Burchnall Close and associated works

    Location:                   Land off Linchfield Road, Deeping St James

    Recommendation:     That the application is approved conditionally

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Proposal:                   Reserved matters application for approval of details  relating to landscaping, layout, appearance, and scale (phase 2) in connection with outline residential development of up to 145 dwellings with primary access of Linchfield Road and secondary access of Burchnall Close and associated works

    Location:                    Land off Linchfield Road, Deeping St James

    Recommendation:     Approve subject to conditions

     

    Noting comments made during the public session by:

     

    Ward Councillor:       Councillor Judy Stevens

    Against:                     Councillor Ashley Baxter

                                      Councillor Virginia Moran

     

    Parish Council:         Kate Shinkins-Hoppe (Deeping St James Parish Council)

    Applicant’s Agent:    Georgina McCrae

     

    Together with

     

    ·       Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework, the South Kesteven Local Plan and supplementary planning documents.

    ·       Objections from Deeping St James Parish Council.

    ·       No objections from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SuDS Support.

    ·       Comments from the SKDC Affordable Housing Officer.

    ·       Comments from Heritage Lincolnshire.

    ·       No Comments from the Environmental Protection.

    ·       No comments from Natural England.

    ·       No comments from Lincolnshire County Council Education.

    ·       Comments from Anglian Water noting it was outside their jurisdiction.

    ·       Representations received as a result of public consultation.

    ·       The additional information report issued on 1 March 2021.

    ·       Comments made by Members at the meeting.

     

    Members commented on:

     

    ·            Whether a Construction Management Plan was in place.

    The Planning Officer confirmed that the Construction Management Plan could reflect areas such as wheel washing, parking of site operatives’ vehicles, storage of plant and materials, drainage of surface water and routes of construction traffic to and from the site.  The Agent for the Developer confirmed that this would be welcomed.

    ·            The issues around traffic management on the neighbouring estate especially along Burchnall Close and Campion Way.

    It was noted that the bridge had now been completed which would provide better access to the site. 

    ·       Disappointment was expressed that there was minimal inclusion of local stone-built houses which were more in keeping with the character of the area.

    The applicant’s agent noted that 3 local stone houses had now been included on Phase I and that in addition to the 1 stone house outlined in Phase II plans, a further 2 local stone houses could be included in Phase II. 

    ·       Reference was made to the landscaping and whether there would be street furniture provided in the feature square.

    It was noted that street furniture could be added to the feature square.

    ·       Electric charging points for vehicles within the development.

    The applicant’s agent explained that the outline planning had been approved prior to the new conditions and that the garages did contain electric points.

    Planning officers noted that electric charging points would be considered in future developments.

    ·      Concern was expressed regarding tandem parking, the parking provision allocated for each property and what impact it would have with on street parking especially as a bus route was planned.

    It was noted that the design included ample off-street parking.

    ·      Disappointment was also expressed on the dyke adjoining the site being included in the greenspace for the site which had reduced the overall recreational area.

     

    It was agreed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 93.

94.

Application S20/1851 pdf icon PDF 554 KB

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    Proposal:                  Change of use from a C3 (Dwelling house) use to C2 (Care Home) use

    Location:                   Belvoir House, 44 Chapel Street, Haconby, PE10 0UL 

    Recommendation:     That the application is refused

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Proposal:                 Change of use from a C3 (Dwelling house) use to C2  (Care Home) use

    Location:                  Belvoir House, 44 Chapel Street, Haconby, PE10 0UL 

    Recommendation:   The application is refused.

     

    Noting comments made during the public session by:

     

    Parish Councillor:            Councillor Richard Dixon-Warren (Haconby and Stanfield Parish Council)

    Against:                            Jo Speakman

                                             Lawrence Coulson

    For:                                   Lynne McBride

    Applicant’s Agent:           Sam Deegan, Planning Potential Ltd

     

    Together with:

     

    ·       Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework, the South Kesteven Local Plan and supplementary planning documents.

    ·       A request from Haconby and Stainfield Parish Council for consideration to be given to:

     

    §  The Planning Policies mentioned above

    §  Planning justification

    §  Principle of development

    §  Impact of residential amenity

    §  Vehicle parking

    §  Impact on highways

    §  Deficiencies in Community Social, recreational and cultural facilities and services

    §  Flood risk

    §  Inconsistencies and errors

     

    ·       No objections from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SuDS Support.

    ·       No objections from the Crime Prevention Design Officer.

    ·       No comments from the SKDC Environmental Protection Services.

    ·       Representations received as a result of public consultation.

    ·       Comments made by Members at the meeting.

     

    Members noted the following concerns:

    ·      Why houses closer to the educational provision had not been considered.

    ·      How the children would integrate with the local community.

    ·       Whether children from out of the area would be placed at the home.

    ·       Potential for anti-social behaviour.

    ·       Detrimental effect on the character of the area.

    ·       Reference to SP1, SP2, SD1 and DE1 of the Local Plan.

    ·       Car parking, access, noise and the impact on neighbours.

    ·       Sustainability issues such as recreational facilities and what amenities would be available in the village to enable the children to integrate with the local community.

     

    Some Members also highlighted their concerns about assumptions that all children in care had behavioural issues.  Children in care required a stable background that enabled them to go on and lead a fulfilling life. It was also noted that children who required special education provision often had to travel a good distance away from their home. Even children from conventional family homes often travelled a good distance to attend the preferred mainstream education school provision.

     

    It was proposed, seconded, and agreed that the application be refused for the summary of reasons set out in the case officer’s report and detailed below.

     

    1      It is considered that this proposal would have a detrimental effect upon the character of the area and the residential amenities of adjacent properties above and beyond that normally expected in a wholly residential location due to the level of vehicular activity associated with the use and the close proximity of neighbouring dwellings causing noise and disturbance contrary to Policy DE1 of the Local Plan.

95.

Application S20/1820 pdf icon PDF 663 KB

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    Proposal:                  Change of use from a dwelling house into a small children's home that will cater for up to four children.

    Location:                   Grange Farm, South Witham Road, North Witham, NG33 5LA

    Recommendation:     That the application is approved conditionally

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Proposal:                 Change of use from a dwelling house into a small children's home that will cater for up to four children.

    Location:                 Grange Farm, South Witham Road, North Witham, NG33 5LA

    Recommendation:   Minded to refuse the application.

    Members considered:

    ·       Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework, the South Kesteven Local Plan and supplementary planning documents.

    ·       No objections from Colsterworth Parish Council, but several points raised in respect of the location of the site.

    ·       No objection, subject to fire regulations being implemented from the SKDC Environmental Protection Services

    ·       No objections from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SuDS Support.

    ·       No objections from Lincolnshire Police Crime Prevention.

    ·       Comments from North Witham Village Hall Committee

    ·       Representations received as a result of public consultation.

    ·       Comments made by Members at the meeting

    Members commented on:

     

    ·       Sustainability issues such as recreational facilities, amenities available in the Village to enable the children to integrate with the local community.

    ·       Concern about the reference in the report regarding “some form of education”.

    ·       Highway safety concerns as there were no footpaths near to the property.

    ·       Whether children from out of the area would be placed at the home.

    ·       Potential for anti-social behaviour.

    ·       Reference to SP1, SP2, SP4, DE1 and SD1.

    ·       Car parking, access to and from the site and noise and the impact on neighbours.

    ·       The impact on the character of the Village which had a small population.

    ·       Whether it was an acceptable location for a care home.

     

    Members were reminded that each application had to be considered on its’ own merit and that the NPPF required Local Authorities to assume that the legislation around Care Homes worked. 

     

    A proposition was put forward that the Committee be minded to refuse the application. As the proposition to refuse the application was contrary to officer recommendations, the cooling off period set out in Article 9.1.9 (c) of the Council’s Constitution was invoked, in line with the meeting procedure for virtual Planning Committee meetings. In accordance with the Constitution, a recorded vote was taken:

     

    For:              Councillors Adams, Bellamy, Bisnauthsing, Dilks, Kaberry-Brown, Milnes and Reid (7)

    Against:       Councillor Selby (1)

    Abstain:       Councillors Crawford, Exton, Mrs Jacky Smith and, Mrs Judy Smith (4)

     

    The vote was carried and those Committee Members who voted in favour of the proposition had five working days to provide the Interim Head of Planning with the planning reasons for their view, together with supporting evidence. The application would be placed on the agenda for consideration at a future meeting of the Planning Committee when the Interim Head of Planning would provide his opinion on whether the reasons advanced were substantial enough for the authority to defend the decision at an inquiry. In light of any additional information, the Committee would then be empowered to determine the application without being fettered by their vote at the previous meeting.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 15:09 and reconvened at 15:14.

96.

Application S20/1759 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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    Proposal:                  Proposed detached dwelling at Land adjacent to 24 High Street Carlby PE9 4LX

    Location:                   24 High Street, Carlby, PE9 4LX  

    Recommendation:     That the application is approved conditionally

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Proposal:                 Proposed detached dwelling at Land adjacent to 24 High Street, Carlby PE9 4LX

    Location:                 24 High Street, Carlby, PE9 4LX 

    Recommendation:   Deferred for further consideration of design, levels and   height of adjacent property .

    Noting comments made during the public session by:

    Parish Councillor:   Councillor John Bavister (Carlby Parish Council)

    Together with

    ·       Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework, the South Kesteven Local Plan and supplementary planning documents.

    ·       Comments submitted by Carlby Parish Council

    ·       No objections from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SuDS Support.

    ·       Comments from SKDC Environmental Protection Services.

    ·       No comments from Anglian Water Services.

    ·       Representations received as a result of public consultation.

    ·       Comments made by Members at the meeting

     

    Members Commented on:

     

    ·       Overdevelopment and “infill” of the site.

    ·       Whether the stone walls that were in keeping with the character of the area could be retained.

    ·       Whether this application had been to Design Pad and if not whether guidance should be sought on the design of the proposed development.

    ·       Sensitivities around the varying gradients on the site, the prospective roof levels and how the proposed development might impact on neighbouring properties.

     

    A proposal was made that the application be deferred for further design input.

     

    The proposal was seconded, and a vote was taken, and it was unanimously agreed that the application be deferred for further consideration of design, levels and height of adjacent property.

97.

Any other business, which the Chairman, by reason of special circumstances, decides is urgent

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    Minutes:

    The Chairman reminded Members that the Information Report that would normally be discussed after a meeting still needed to be considered.  He sought confirmation of the content of the Agenda for the next meeting and suggested that the Information Report would be considered at the next Training Session.

     

    Action point: That the Information Report would be considered at the next Training Session.

98.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The meeting closed at 15:55.