Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 28th October, 2021 1.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ

Contact: Email: Democracy@southkesteven.gov.uk 

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63.

Apologies for absence

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    Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Mrs Judy Smith, Councillor Harrish Bisnauthsing, Councillor Robert Reid, Councillor Ian Selby and Councillor Judy Stevens.

    Councillor Nick Robins would be substituting for Councillor Robert Reid, for this meeting only.

64.

AGENDA

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    The Chairman advised the Committee that Agenda Item 3, Application S21/0938 had been withdrawn from the agenda.

     

65.

Disclosure of interests

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    Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting

    Minutes:

    No interests were disclosed.

66.

Application S21/1018 pdf icon PDF 754 KB

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    Proposal:                         Installation and operation of a Solar Farm together with all associated works, equipment and necessary infrastructure.

     

    Location:                         Land at Gonerby Moor, Great Gonerby, Grantham

     

    Recommendation:          That the application is approved conditionally

    Minutes:

    Proposal                  Installation and operation of a Solar Farm together with all associated works, equipment and necessary infrastructure.

    Location                  Land at Gonerby Moor, Great Gonerby, Grantham                         

    Decision                  To approve the application conditionally

    Noting comments made during the public speaking session by:

    Applicant’s agent:   Rachel Gaffney

    Together with:

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

    ·            Site observations

    ·            No objections from Marston Parish Council

    ·            No objections from National Highways

    ·            Comments received from LCC Highways and SuDS Support

    ·            No objections received from Upper Witham Internal Drainage Board

    ·            No comments received from Environmental Protection Services (SKDC)

    ·            No comments received from Environment Agency

    ·            Proposal welcomed by Natural England

    ·            No comments received from Historic England

    ·            Comments received from Heritage Lincolnshire

    ·            No objections received from Ministry of Defence

    ·            Representations as a result of publicity

     

    The Case Officer noted a revision to Condition 7 in the recommendation, relating to the submission of a Landscape & Ecology Management Plan (LEMP).

    During questions to the applicant, Members asked:

    ·            Why the community benefit contribution offered by the applicant was lower than offered for the comparable solar farm at Foston.

     

    The applicant’s agent responded that the period of public consultation and community engagement had been undertaken by the applicant, and that she could not respond directly on behalf of them.

    During debate, Members commented on:

    ·            The level of protection offered to potential archaeological finds.

     

    The Case Officer stated that additional wording could be included in the reasons for Condition 4 and 5 to support this.

     

    ·            The absence of a representation from Wagtail Country Park.

    ·            The possibility of motocross vehicles coming into contact with solar panels.

    ·            The issue of site restoration, especially with regards to soil erosion.

    ·            The need for sustainable energy.

    ·            That the Council should consider the cumulative impact of solar farms as there are a number within the area

    ·            The amount of Grade 3 land across the District.

     

    It was proposed, seconded, and AGREED that the application be approved for the summary of reasons set out in the case officer’s report together with the following conditions:

    Time Limits

    1.          The development hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

     

    Reason: In order that the development is commenced in a timely manner, as set out in Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

     

    2.          The permission hereby granted shall expire 40 years from the date when electrical power is first exported from the solar farm to the electricity grid network, excluding electricity exported during initial testing and commissioning. Written confirmation of the first export date shall be provided to the Local Planning Authority no later than one calendar month after the event.

     

    Reason: The proposed scheme has a 40 year lifespan.

     

    Approved Plans

    3.          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following list of approved plans:

     

                         i.         Site Location Plan Drawing no. GON_SLP_01

                       ii.          Site Layout Plan Drawing no. GON_01

                      iii.         Panel  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.

67.

Application S21/0676 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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    Proposal:                         Erection of 35 dwellings (Reserved Matters application relating to Layout; Scale; Appearance; Access; and Landscaping of Outline permission S17/1900)

     

    Location:                          Old Langtoft Gravel Pit, Land to south of Stowe Road, Langtoft

     

    Recommendation:           That the application is approved conditionally

    Minutes:

    Proposal                  Erection of 35 dwellings (Reserved Matters application relating to Layout; Scale; Appearance; Access; and Landscaping of Outline permission S17/1900)

    Location                  Old Langtoft Gravel Pit, Land to south of Stowe Road, Langtoft

    Decision                  To approve the application conditionally

    Noting:

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

    ·            Site observations

    ·            Comments received from Langtoft Parish Council

    ·            Comments received from Environmental Protection Services (SKDC)

    ·            Comments received from the Affordable Housing Officer (SKDC)

    ·            No objections received from Anglian Water Services

    ·            Comments received from Welland & Deepings Internal Drainage Board

    ·            Comments received from Environment Agency

    ·            No comments received from Natural England

    ·            No comments received from Heritage Lincolnshire

    ·            Comments received from LCC Highways & SuDS Support

    ·            Representations as a result of publicity

     

    During questions to the officers and debate, Members commented on:

    ·            The level of protection for the trees within domestic gardens.

    ·            Whether Tree Preservation Orders could be issued for the trees forming part of the street scene.

    ·            Concerns regarding the extent the landscaping scheme could be controlled.

    ·            The lack of stub junctions outlined in the design.

    ·            The level of access available for waste collection.

    ·            The level of access available to fire engines.

    ·            Whether the fire brigade have been consulted on the application.

    ·            Whether the Strategic Housing Market Settlement had been satisfied by the development.

    ·            The likelihood of future developments to the development.

    ·            The level of treatment to private drive frontages without hedgerows.

    ·            The level of accessibility of proposed dwellings for people who are less agile.

    ·            Concerns regarding road safety in the area.

    ·            The lack of pedestrian safety measures offered by the proposed development.

     

    It was proposed, seconded, and AGREED that the application be approved for the summary of reasons set out in the case officer’s report together with the following additional amendment:

    ·            An additional condition (condition 13) to remove permitted development rights from the dwellings in relation to hard surfacing, to ensure protection of the visual amenity of the locality.

     

    Together with the following conditions:

    Approved Plans

    1.          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following list of approved plans:

    Location Plan Rev B

    Site Layout Plan AH LANG/RM/SL/01 Rev C

    House types:

    Thames AH LANG/THAMES 02 & AH LANG/THAMES 01

    Ribble AH/LAMNG RM/RIBBLE ‘3’ 01 & AH/LAMNG RM/RIBBLE 01

    Harren AH/LAN RM/HARREN 01

    2 bed affordable bungalow AH/LANG RM/2B BUNG 01 & AH/LANG RM/2B TERR/01

    Double garage AH/LANG RM/DGARAGE + STORE/01

    Double garage AH/LANG RM/DGARAGE + STUDIO/01

    Double garage AH/LANGRM/DGARAGE/01

    Gwash AH/LANG RM/GWASH/01 & AH/LANG RM/GWASH/02

    Humber    AH/LANG RM/HUMBER 02 & AH/LANG RM/HUMBER 01

    Ouse AH/LANG RM/OUSE 01

    Trent AH/LANG RM/TRENT/01 & AH/LANG RM/TRENT/02

    3 bed semi detached affordable AH/LANGRM/3B SEMI/01

    Bain AH/LANGRM/BAIN ‘3’ 01  

    Barrowby AH/LANGRM/BARROWBY/01  & AH/LANGRM/BARROWBY/02

    Tay AH/LANGRM/TAY/01 & AH/LANGRM/TAY/02

    Engineering Layout ASH/LANG/100 Rev A

    Manhole construction SH/LANG/106 Rev A

    Road construction ASH/LANG/107 Rev A & ASH/LANG/108 Rev A

    Drainage Strategy MA11336/200

     

    Unless otherwise required by another condition of this permission.

     

    Reason: To define the permission and for the avoidance of doubt.

    Pre-Commencement

    Controlled waters risk assessment

    2.          Prior to the commencement of development, groundwater sampling  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.

68.

Application S21/0964 pdf icon PDF 888 KB

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    Proposal:                         Section 73 application to remove conditions 1, 9, and 16 and vary conditions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as well as addition of affordable housing condition of S14/2953 (residential development of 227 dwellings)

     

    Location:                          Land off 372-400 Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7LY

     

    Recommendation:           That the application is approved, subject to conditions and completion of a deed of variation to the existing S106 Agreement

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Proposal                  Section 73 application to remove conditions 1, 9, and 16 and vary conditions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as well as addition of affordable housing condition of S14/2953 (residential development of 227 dwellings)

    Location                  Land off 372-400 Dysart Road, Grantham. NG31 7LY

    Decision                  To approve the application conditionally and subject to the completion of a deed of variation to the existing 106 Agreement

    Noting comments made during the public speaking session by:

    Applicant’s agent:   Tom Dwyer

    Noting:

    • Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework and the South Kesteven Local Plan and supplementary planning documents
    • Site observations
    • Comments received from LCC Highways & SuDS Support
    • No objections received from Highways England
    • No comments received from Environment Agency
    • Comments received from Environmental Protection
    • A deed of variation to link the existing s.106 agreement to the new permission requested by Lincolnshire County Council (Education)
    • Comments received from the Partnership Project Officer (Affordable Housing)
    • Representations as a result of publicity
    • The additional information relating to the application as outlined in the Additional Information Report

     

    During questions to the applicant, Members asked:

     

    ·            How the construction method compared with traditional build methods.

     

    The applicant’s agent responded that the construction method was currently more costly than traditional build methods.

     

    ·            Whether the construction method had affected viability, and in turn impacted the level of affordable housing offered.

     

    The applicant’s agent noted that as a modular housebuilder, the applicant only constructed modular dwellings. He advised that the purpose of the application was to secure additional grant funding to assist with the delivery of the scheme. Through aligning the S106 Agreement with current policy requirements, the applicant would be able to attract more grant funding to secure discounted market rent properties and affordable housing for local connections.

     

    During questions to the officers and debate, Members commented on:

    ·            The level of affordable housing generated.

    ·            Whether an application could be made for a grant.

    ·            The impact on neighbouring properties, in relation to the height of the proposed development.

    ·            The reduction in affordable housing, as a means to increase the level of affordable housing in the long term.

    ·            The new housings’ heating methods.

    ·            The conditions within the report relating to climate change mitigation.

     

    It was proposed, seconded, and AGREED that the application be approved for the summary of reasons set out in the case officer’s report together with the following conditions:

    Approved Plans

    1.          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following list of approved plans:

     

                i.       Site Location Plan drawing no. PL01

              ii.        Proposed Ste Plan (with details of plot conforming to Building Regulations Part 4(M) drawing no. PL03 Rev F

             iii.       Proposed Materials Plan drawing no. PL05 Rev D

             iv.       Proposed Heights Plan drawing no. PL07 Rev A

              v.       Floor Plans and Elevations drawing nos. PL21 Rev B, PL22 Rev C, PL23 Rev C, PL24 Rev C, PL25 Rev C, PL26 Rev C, PL28 Rev D, PL29 Rev C

             vi.       Tree Protection Plan: SHA/001

     

    Unless otherwise required by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

Application S21/1380 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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    Proposal:                         Full (detailed) planning application for proposed vehicle call-off facility comprising vehicle preparation building (call-off building), office and welfare buildings, storage containers, spray booth building, fuelling station, security gatehouse and associated works.       

                                            

    Location:                         Roseland Business Park, Long Bennington, NG23 5FF

    Recommendation:           That the application is approved conditionally

     

    Minutes:

    Proposal                  Full (detailed) planning application for proposed vehicle call-off facility comprising vehicle preparation building (call-off building), office and welfare buildings, storage containers, spray booth building, fuelling station, security gatehouse and associated works.

    Location                  Roseland Business Park, Long Bennington, NG23 5FF

    Decision                  To approve the application conditionally

    Noting:

    ·            Provisions within the National Planning Policy Framework, the South Kesteven Local Plan, the Long Bennington Neighbourhood Development Plan and supplementary planning documents

    ·            Site observations

    ·            No comments received from the Environment Agency.

    ·            No objections received from National Highways.

    ·            An objection received from Long Bennington Parish Council relating to the proposed development accommodating an increased number of vehicles which would impact residents.

    ·            Comments received from Lincolnshire County Council (Highways & SuDS)

    ·            Comments received from the SKDC Environmental Protection Officer

    ·            No objections from Upper Witham Internal Drainage Board, subject to conditions

    ·            No safeguarding objections received from the Ministry of Defence

    ·            Representations as a result of publicity

     

    During questions to the officers and debate, Members commented on:

    ·            The temporary use of the site as a runway for 28 days per year.

     

    Members were advised about the status of the Certificate of Lawful Development and the permitted development rights that it refers to.

     

    ·            The enforcement of the Traffic Management Plan

    ·            The lack of landscaping provision included in the application

    ·            The effects of night lighting on animal and insect populations

    ·            The operational hours of the proposed facility

    ·            Whether the application was contrary to the Local Plan

    ·            Whether the application would be out of keeping with the rural nature of the area

    ·            The impact on neighbouring properties in terms of noise and pollution

    ·            The operational hours of the development

    ·            The comments provided by the Parish Council

    ·            The vehicle movements associated with the application

    ·            Employment opportunities afforded by the application

    It was proposed, seconded, and AGREED that the application be approved for the summary of reasons set out in the case officer’s report together with the following additional amendment:

    The inclusion of an additional condition requiring the submission of a lighting scheme for approval by the LPA (see condition 3 below).

    Together with the following conditions:

    Time Limit for Commencement

    1.          The development hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

     

    Reason: In order that the development is commenced in a timely manner, as set out in Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

    Approved Plans

    2.          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following list of approved plans:

     

    a.      Site Location Plan (Ref: 2014-1950-100)

    b.      Existing Conditions Plan (Ref: 2014-1950-105)

    c.      Proposed Site Plan (Ref: 2014-1950-101 Rev A)

    d.      Automatic Barrier Plan (Ref: 104/3/37367 A)

    e.      Call Off Building Floor and Elevation Plans (Ref: 2014-1950-102 Rev A)

    f.        Office & Welfare Cabins Floor and Elevation Plans (Ref: 2014-1950-103 Rev A)

    g.      Fuelling Station Layout Plan (Ref: 2014-1950-104)

    h.      Storage Containers Floor Plans and Elevation (Ref: 2014-1950-106)

    i.        Spray Booth & Marquee Floor and Elevations Plans (Ref: 2014-1950-112)

    j.        Spraybooth Specification (Ref: BQ2P Rev  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.

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Application S21/1422 pdf icon PDF 720 KB

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    Proposal:                         Demolition of existing Dutch barn and erection of a new house and garage and a change of use of adjacent land from Agricultural to Equestrian.

    Location:                         Land To The Rear Of The Stables, Keisby Road, Lenton

    Recommendation:           That the application is approved conditionally

     

    Minutes:

    Proposal                  Demolition of existing Dutch barn and erection of a new house and garage and a change of use of adjacent land from Agricultural to Equestrian

    Location                  Land To The Rear Of The Stables, Keisby Road, Lenton

    Decision                  To approve the application conditionally

    Noting comments made during the public speaking session by:

    Applicant’s agent:   Brendan McMullan

    Noting:

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

    ·            Site observations

    ·            No comments received from the Historic Buildings Advisor (SKDC)

    ·            Comments received from Heritage Lincolnshire

    ·            No comments received from Parish Council

    ·            Comments received from LCC Highways & SuDS Support

    ·            Comments received from Environmental Protection Services (SKDC)

    ·            Representations as a result of publicity

     

    The Case Officer recommended an amendment to condition 11, as outlined below:

    The land hereby granted permission for equestrian use shall not be used for commercial purposes.

    Reason: in the interest of highway safety and local amenity.

    It was proposed, seconded, and AGREED that the application be approved for the summary of reasons set out in the case officer’s report together with the following conditions:

    Time Limit for Commencement

    1.          The development hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

    Reason: In order that the development is commenced in a timely manner, as set out in Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

    Approved Plans

    2.          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following list of approved plans:

    A001     SITE LOCATION PLAN

    A002A   PROPOSED BLOCK PLAN

    PL100    PROPOSED GROUND FLOOR PLAN

    PL101    PROPOSED FIRST FLOOR PLAN

    PL102    PROPOSED ELEVATION PLAN

    PL103    PROPOSED ELEVATION PLAN

    PL104A  AMENDED PROPOSED GARAGE FLOOR & ROOF PLAN

    PL105A  AMENDED PROPOSED GARAGE ELEVATION PLAN   

    D004A    AMENDED PROPOSED SITE PLAN LEVELS

    D005A    AMENDED PROPOSED ELEVATION LEVELS PLAN

    D006A    AMENDED PROPOSED ELEVATION LEVELS PLAN

     

    Unless otherwise required by another condition of this permission.

    Reason: To define the permission and for the avoidance of doubt.

    During Building Works

    3.          Before the development hereby permitted is commenced and at all times during construction, all existing trees shown on the approved plan to be retained shall be protected in accordance with the submitted Tree Protection Plan drawing ref '4405 Lenton.HMM.TPP'.

     

    Reason: To protect trees and biodiversity on site.

    Before the Development is Occupied

    4.          Before any part of the development hereby permitted is occupied/brought into use, the external elevations shall have been completed using only the materials stated in the planning application forms and approved plans. 

     

    Reason: To ensure a satisfactory appearance to the development and in accordance with Policy DE1 of the adopted South Kesteven Local Plan.

     

    5.          Before any dwelling/unit hereby permitted is occupied/brought into use, the parking and turning area shall have been constructed in accordance with the approved details and shall be retained as such and for no other purpose thereafter.

     

    Reason: To allow vehicle to park and turn within the site and leave in forward gear and to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

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

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    There was none.

72.

Close of meeting

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    Minutes:

    The Chairman closed the meeting at 17:04.