Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Monday 3rd December 2018 5.30 pm

Venue: Rennes Room, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter

Contact: Howard Bassett, Democratic Services Officer (Committees)  01392 265107 or email  howard.bassett@exeter.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

188.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 226 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2018.

 

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2018 were approved, taken as read and signed by the Chair as correct.

 

 

 

189.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests that relate to business on the agenda and which have not already been included in the register of interests, before any discussion takes place on the item. Unless the interest is sensitive, you must also disclose the nature of the interest. In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, you must then leave the room and must not participate in any further discussion of the item. Councillors requiring clarification should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer prior to the day of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made by Members.

 

 

190.

Planning Application No. 18/0873/FUL - Land at Ribston Avenue pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To consider the report of the City Development Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager (Development) (MH) presented the application for the construction of a 54-bed independent hospital with access, car parking, landscaping/open space and associated works.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) (MH) detailed the consultations undertaken, relevant planning policies and advised that over 200 objections had been received originally, which were summarised in the report. A further seven had been submitted and included in the update report with another 12 objections received since the update. He outlined the content of one letter of support received.

 

Members discussed the application and asked questions for clarification to the Principal Project Manager (Development) (MH). In response, he explained that:-

 

·                     a change of class from residential institution (C2) to Secure Residential Institution (C2a) would require specific planning permission;

·                     Ofsted had been consulted but had not responded;

·                     the Committee are required to address land use and other planning matters and should not take the specific operator of the facility into consideration;

·                     the use as a hospital and its co-existence in the area was not deemed an issue;

·                     there were no specific planning guidelines for this type of building;

·                     the facility would enable the treatment of patients locally; and

·                     the application was for the provision of care and treatment to patients falling in the ‘Acute to Low Secure’ range. Given the profile and needs of the intended patients, the nature of the proposed facility was necessary to ensure the safety of the patients as people vulnerable to exploitation by others, and to prevent them from harming themselves, rather than the patients presenting a danger to society generally.

 

Councillor Holland, having given notice under Standing Order No. 44, spoke on the item. He raised the following points:-

 

·                     the unmet demand for mental health facilities is recognised;

·                     residents welcomed a possible relocation of the Exeter Deaf Academy, and as a brownfield site, it offers an opportunity for housing;

·                     NHS England guidance indicates that the unit will provide services to patients who are a threat to others which will present a risk;

·                     a pathway running next to the school field could lead to patients engaging with children of the St. Nicholas Primary School through a chain link fence;

·                     the development will have an adverse effect on the character of the area and a detrimental effect on amenity value; and

·                     parking problems in the area will be exacerbated as the majority of staff will travel to work by car. County Council trip figures are questionable.

 

Councillor Holland summarised further issues he wished to detail as those of communication, community impact, the applicant, material considerations including threat, fear and safeguarding. He provided details of each.

 

Communication

 

·                     Leith/Cygnet had not been open in the consultation with inadequate communication with local Members and local groups including Residents’ and Community Associations. A meeting at Whipton Village Hall had been insufficiently promoted; and

·                     the end use has been shielded from residents because of its contentious nature and proximity to the school and sheltered housing.

 

Community Impact

 

·                     the original plan of a nursing home for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 190.

191.

Planning Application Nos. 15/0640/OUT and 15/0641/OUT - Aldens Farm, Alphngton pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To consider the report of the City Development Manager.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager (Development) (PJ) presented two applications for residential development including new access onto Chudleigh Road and Dawlish Road (15/0640/OUT) and Shillgingford Road (15/0641/OUT) and associated infrastructure. (All matters reserved for future consideration except access). Details of the applications were provided as follows:-

 

Application ref 15/0640/OUT - outline planning permission for development for up to 234 dwellings with associated infrastructure. The application is for all matters reserved except for access, which is proposed from Chudleigh Road and Dawlish Road using an improved existing vehicular and pedestrian access. The site comprises an area of land of 8.07 hectares in total comprising open fields to the south of existing residential properties located in Steeple Drive, Pulpit Walk, Lichgate Road and Tower Walk.

 

Application ref 15/0641/OUT - outline planning permission for development up to 116 on land between Chudleigh Road and Shillingford Road together with a new vehicular access to Shillingford Road with other all matters reserved matters. The site comprises an area of land of 4.1 hectares in total comprising of open fields to the south of existing residential properties located in Veitch Gardens and Royal Close.

 

In view of the two applications, two individuals spoke separately on each. They spoke objecting to the proposals.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) (PJ) referred to the objections received from the Alphington Village Forum and local residents and to some updated reports provided by the applicant which had been submitted with the application in 2015. He referred to a proposed Section 106 Agreement relating to affordable housing, district heating connection and traffic management and transport improvements. He advised that a late representation from the Council for the Protection of Rural England had raised the following issues:-

 

·                     the design and access statement is inadequate and is noncompliant with the National Policy Framework 2018;

·                     independent studies show that the number of new houses required in Devon did not reflect the real housing need in the County; and

·                     lack of a strategic goal and failure to build safe and well-designed homes.

 

He reported that the proposed condition 24 in respect of education would be deleted as the County Council, as Education Authority, had confirmed that an all through school would be provided within the Teignbridge boundary as part of the Bovis housing development which would also serve the two developments at Aldens Farm.

 

In respect of affordable housing, the Principal Project Manager (Development) (PJ) referred to the proposed Section 106 Agreement to secure a contribution of 30%.He reported that, although the applicant had initially considered their affordable housing provision should be 10% in line with that agreed by Teignbridge District Council within the outline planning application submitted by Bovis Homes, this had not been considered acceptable as it fell below the Exeter development plan policy requirement. The difference in opinion regarding the provision of affordable housing explained the reason for the delay in the submission of the applications in 2015. Following the submission of viability information and subsequent discussions with the applicant, it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 191.

192.

Planning Application No. 18/1088/FUL - Mallison Bridge, Exeter Quay pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To consider the report of the City Development Manager.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager (Strategic Policy) (PJ) presented the application for the replacement of Mallison Bridge with elevated boardwalk over riverside walkway to link to existing foot/cycleways at Cricklepit Bridge. He advised of four objections, two of which from the Exeter Civic Society and Historic England had been withdrawn following the submission of amended plans. The revised plans increased the bridge width from 2 metres to 3.5 metres and provided a much enhanced facility for this historic Conservation Area.

 

The recommendation was for approval, subject to the conditions as set out in the report.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission for the replacement of Mallison Bridge with elevated boardwalk over riverside walkway to link to existing foot/cycleways at Cricklepit Bridge be APPROVED, subject to the following conditions:-

 

(1)        The development to which this permission relates must be begun not later than theexpiration of three years beginning with the date on which this permission is granted.

Reason: To ensure compliance with sections 91-92 of the Town and Country

Planning Act 1990.

 

(2)        The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out otherwise than in strict accordance with the submitted details received by the Local Planning Authority on 12 July 2018 (including drawing number MBB – LD/3.1, the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Report and the Flood Risk Assessment), on 7 November 2018 (including drawing number MBB-LL/05.1) and on 14 November 2018 (including drawing numbers MBB-LL/1.0, LD/01,  LD/05, LD/06, LD/07, LD/08, and LD/09) as modified by other conditions of this consent.

Reason: In order to ensure compliance with the approved drawings.

 

(3)        Samples of the materials it is intended to use externally in the construction of the development shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority. No external finishing material shall be used until the Local Planning Authority has confirmed in writing that its use is acceptable. Thereafter the materials used in the construction of the development shall correspond with the approved samples in all respects.

Reason: To ensure that the materials conform with the visual amenity requirements of the area.

 

(4)        No works shall take place until the local planning authority have received and approved a Construction Management Plan (CMP) including:

 

(a) the timetable of the works;

(b) any road closure;

(c) hours during which delivery and construction traffic will travel to and from the site

(d) the number and sizes of vehicles visiting the site;

(e) the compound/location where all building materials, finished or unfinished products, parts, crates, packing materials and waste will be stored;

(f) confirmation that no construction traffic or delivery vehicles will park on the County highway for loading or unloading purposes, unless prior written agreement has been given by the Local Planning Authority;

(g) The proposed route of all construction traffic exceeding 7.5 tonnes.

(h) Photographic evidence of the condition of adjacent public highway prior to commencement of any work;

Prior to commencement it is recommended that the developer consults, and if necessary meets with, the Highway Authority to establish a safe means of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 192.

193.

List of Decisions Made and Withdrawn Applications pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To consider the report of the City Development Manager.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Assistant Director City Development was submitted.

           

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

194.

Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To consider the report of the City Development Manager.

Minutes:

The schedule of appeal decisions and appeals lodged was submitted.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

195.

SITE INSPECTION PARTY

To advise that the next Site Inspection Party will be held on Tuesday 18 December 2018 at 9.30 a.m. The Councillors attending will be Harvey, Mrs Henson and Edwards.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the next Site Inspection Party will be held on Tuesday 18 December at 9.30 a.m. The Councillors attending will be Edwards, Harvey and Prowse.