Agenda item

Application S19/1475

Proposal:                  Erection of 31 affordable dwellings and associated works including access and landscaping.

Location:                   Land Off Cherryholt Road, Cherryholt Road, Stamford, PE9 2EP 

Recommendation:     That the application is approved conditionally

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of 31 affordable dwellings and associated works including

access and landscaping.

 

Location: Land Off Cherryholt Road, Cherryholt Road, Stamford, PE9 2EP

 

Decision: That the application is refused

 

As the application was part-heard and Councillor Jacky Smith had not been present when it had been considered previously, they did not participate in discussion or vote on the application.

 

Noting:

 

·       Site observations

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

·       Comments from Historic England, advice to consult local expertise

·       Comments and suggested conditions from South Kesteven District Council Arboricultural Consultant

·       Request of £50,974 towards secondary education provision from Lincolnshire County Council Education and Cultural Services, which was subsequently withdrawn, as noted within the Officer’s report.

·       Request for contaminated land survey and verification conditions from South Kesteven District Council Environmental Protection Services

·       Concerns raised from South Kesteven District Council Historic Buildings Advisor

·       Comments and information on requirements from South Kesteven District Council Affordable Housing Officer

·       Comments and proposed provisions requested from Lincolnshire County Council, Footpaths Officer

·       Objections from Stamford Civic Society

·       Comments from Anglian Water Services

·       No objection subject to conditions by the Environment Agency

·       Comments and request for sit evaluations from Heritage Lincolnshire

·       No comments from Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board

·       Request of £20,460 towards health provision from NHS England

·       Objection from Stamford Town Council

·       No objection, subject to conditions and informatives from Lincolnshire County Council Highways and SuDS Support.

·       No objections and note regarding high voltage power cables from Western Power Distribution

·       Representations as a result of public consultation

·       The assessment of the reasons for refusal submitted by Committee members following the resolution at the meeting on 30 September 2020

·       Comments made during the public speaking session on 30 September 2020

·       Officer reports issued on 16 September, 28 September, 11 November and 23 November 2020

·       Minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2020

·       Comments made by Members at the meetings

 

After the meeting of the Committee on 30 September 2020 at which members decided that they were minded to refuse the application, they were required to submit, within five working days, their reasons for refusal to the Interim Head of Development Management. These were listed in the case officer’s report together with officer comment thereon.

 

Members were advised that whilst the officer recommendation remained one of approval, the reason for refusal relating to harm to the Grade I listed St Leonard’s Priory and loss of green infrastructure could be defended at appeal.

 

Following questions posed to the Officers and debate, members noted the following:

 

·       Concerns over flood risk and mitigation associated with the access

·       Conflicts with SKDC Local Plan Policies EN1, EN3 and EN6

·       Harm to the setting of the Grade 1 St Leonards Priory

·       Qualification for affordable housing was being considered from a District wide perspective, rather than just need for Stamford

·       Larger developments were being proposed with affordable homes within the area and closer to facilities

·       There had previously been concern raised by the Highways Authority over development of a larger area that included the application site

·       There was no longer a requirement for a S106 education contribution of the application was approved

·       Sustainability of site and affordability of the proposed dwellings

·       S106 health contribution considered insufficient

 

A proposal was made to refuse the application, which was seconded.  As the Committee had been minded to refuse the application on 30 September 2020 and the cooling-off period had been invoked, a recorded vote was taken in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

 

For:               Councillors Adams, Bisnauthsing, Bellamy, Crawford, Dilks, Exton,                           Milnes, Reid and Selby (9)

Against:        - (0)   

Abstain:        - (0)   

 

 

As Councillors Rosemary Kaberry-Brown and Mrs Judy Smith had not been present for the full discussion of this item, they did not participate in the vote.

 

The vote was carried, the application was refused for the following reason:

 

1.              The proposed development would result in the loss of an important piece of green infrastructure which makes a positive contribution to the character of the area and would result in harm to the setting of the Grade 1 St Leonards Priory. In this instance, the benefits associated with the provision of 31 affordable dwellings and improved connectivity to the site are not considered to outweigh the harm that would be caused. This conflicts with SKDC Local Plan Policies EN1, EN3 and EN6 and the provisions of section 66 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 and there are no other overriding material considerations that indicate otherwise.

 

Members requested that further clarification be provided on local need for affordable Housing.

 

ACTION

·       That the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing provide clarification on the need for Affordable Housing for Stamford and its immediate locality.

 

At 11:00 the Chairman called a brief recess, the meeting reconvened at 11:15.

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