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Register of attendance, membership and apologies for absence
Apologies had been received from Councillor Phil Dilks and Councillor Robert Reid.
Councillor Ashley Baxter would be substituting for Councillor Phil Dilks and Councillor Nick Robins would be substituting for Councillor Robert Reid, for this meeting only.
Following a register of attendance, it was confirmed that all Committee Members were present.
The Chairman welcomed Councillor Judy Stevens to the Committee, who had been appointed to the Committee’s vacancy, on an interim basis, until a formal appointment was sought by full Council
Disclosure of interests
Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting
Councillor Ashley Baxter requested that it be noted that he had in the past carried out consultancy work for Oldrids; but that this would not impact on his decision making.
Councillor Charmaine Morgan wished to disclose that her daughter attended Grantham College, which was referred to in application documents, and that she was a member of Grantham Civic Society.
Councillor Rosemary Kaberry-Brown requested that it be noted that her grandson had worked at Downtown temporarily over the recent summer period.
(The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 13:10 until 14:10 so that Members could consider the additional information presented to Committee.)
Proposal: Outline planning permission for the erection of a Designer Outlet Centre of up to 20,479 sqm (GEA) of floorspace comprising retail units (A1), restaurants and cafes (A3), and storage. Additional large goods retail (5,575 sqm GEA), garden centre (5,521 sqm GEA) and external display area for garden centre (1,393 sqm), tourist information and visitor centre, training academy, leisure unit and offices. Demolition of existing garden centre and sales area and existing warehouse. Improvements to existing Downtown Grantham store elevations. Reconfigured car parking and provision of new multi-storey car park. Increased coach parking. Access improvements, drainage works, hard and soft landscaping and all ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of access.
Location: Downtown Garden Centre, Old Great North Road, Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire
Decision: To approve the application subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement
Noting comments made during the public speaking session by:
Against: Mark Tombs – NTR Planning
Councillor Roger Blaney – Chairman of Planning Committee (Newark & Sherwood District Council)
Applicant: Peter Isaac – Oldrid & Co. Ltd
Angela Smedley – Fisher German
Ian Anderson – Lichfields
Gerard McKinney – Hub Transport Planning
Iestyn Roberts – Freeport Retail
Richard Broadhead – Oldrid & Co. Ltd
· No objections raised by Lincolnshire County Council (as Highway Authority and Lead Local Flood Authority).
· No objections raised by Highways England.
· No objections raised by Environment Agency.
· Conditions provided in response to comments from Anglian Water Services.
· No objections raised by Upper Witham Internal Drainage Board.
· No objections raised by Natural England.
· No objections raised by Crime Prevention Design Advisor.
· No objections from Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Services.
· Comments received by Historical Buildings Advisor (SKDC).
· Comments received from Minerals and Waste Planning (LCC).
· Comments received from neighbouring County, District and Parish Councils.
During questions to the applicant and officers, Members made the following comments:
· A concern was raised regarding the impact of the development on Grantham Town Centre due to the proposed opening hours of the A3 units. It was confirmed that the proposed A3 units would open one hour before, until one hour after, the proposed shops were open and that this was generally the norm for this type of development.
· A query was raised as to how many new jobs would be created in Grantham as a result of the development. It was confirmed that approximately 1600 new jobs were estimated to be created.
· A concern was raised regarding the possibility of a new railway station being built and whether this would be to the detriment of the town. Members were informed that there was a possibility of a new railway station being built in the future, but that those plans did not form part of current the application.
· A query was raised relating to the number of new houses which would be built in the Grantham area over the next 5 - 10 years. Officers advised that the Local Plan had ambitious new housing targets and that approximately 12,000 new homes were planned in and around Grantham ... view the full minutes text for item 40.
Any other business, which the Chairman, by reason of special circumstances, decides is urgent
There were none.
Close of meeting
The Chairman closed the meeting at 16:30.