Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Monday 21st February 2022 5.30 pm

Venue: Guildhall, High Street, Exeter

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

Note: Due to the current social distancing restrictions brought about by the Corona Virus outbreak, any members of the public wishing to attend the meeting please contact the Democratic Services Team committee.services@exeter.gov.uk in advance as there is limited capacity for public attendance. Priority however will be given to those addressing the Committee under the public speaking provisions on the basis of one supporting and one opposing an application. If you wish to speak under these provisions or have an enquiry regarding any items on this agenda, please contact Howard Bassett, Democratic Services Officer (Committees) on 01392 265107. The recording of the meeting will be uploaded onto uTube the following day.  

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 528 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2021 were taken as read, approved and signed by the Chair as correct.

 

 

2.

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.

 

 

3.

Planning Application No. 19/1709/FUL - Land at Pinbrook Court, Pinhoe Road/Venny Bridge Road, Exeter pdf icon PDF 261 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader presented the application for the Construction of Class E(a) foodstore (Use Classes Order 2020, previously Class A1) with associated parking, landscaping and access works - (Further Revised Plans).

 

The Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader described the layout and location of the site through the site location plans, aerial view and site photos. Previously, there had been a number of buildings on the site that had been used for employment purposes, but these were demolished before the application was submitted in 2019.

 

The report set out the following key issues:-

 

·         the principle of development;

·         access and impact on local highways and parking provision;

·         parking, design and landscape;

·         impact on amenity of surroundings and trees and biodiversity;

·         contaminated land;

·         impact on air quality;

·         flood risk and surface water management;

·         sustainable construction and energy conservation; and

·         development plan, material considerations and presumption in favour of sustainable development.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) and Acting Major Projects Team Leader provided the following additional detail:-

 

·         Gross External Area of 1,997 square metres/Gross Internal Area of 1,900 square metres and a Sales Floor of 1,200 square metres;

·         car park with 104 parking spaces, including seven disabled spaces and two electric vehicle charging spaces;

·         a vehicle access off Venny Bridge;

·         pedestrian/cycle access off Pinhoe Road next to store entrance;

·         a new signalised junction at Pinhoe Road and Venny Bridge;

·         Toucan crossings (pedestrian and cycle usage) installed across Pinhoe Road and Venny Bridge at junction;

·         staff and customer cycle parking - proposed condition 18 requires additional parking for cargo bikes and facility for electric bikes; and

·         soft landscaping - proposed condition 13 requires tree planting as part of soft landscape works.

 

The Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader further reported that the proposal passed the main town centre uses sequential test, but failed the flood risk sequential test, however this was considered to be outweighed by the sustainability benefits, which were considered to carry significant weight in the overall planning balance. The proposal would include Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) reducing the risk of flooding on the site and downstream.

 

The site was located within walking/cycling distance of a large number of new and existing dwellings and the planned improvements to the Pinhoe Road/Venny Bridge junction making it signalised and incorporating Toucan crossings which was supported by the Highways Authority. This would make the junction safer for all users despite a predicted impact on traffic flows along Pinhoe Road in the PM peak in 2024.

 

The proposal would bring a vacant, brownfield site back into use and generate up to 40 permanent jobs and its accessibility would support the Council’s ambition of the City becoming net zero carbon by 2030.

 

The Development Manager Highways and Transportresponded as follows to Members’ queries:-

 

·         the impact of an additional set of traffic lights combined with those at both the Sainsbury’s and Aldi junctions had been taken into account in considering the viability, including  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

List of Decisions Made and Withdrawn Applications pdf icon PDF 16 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Deputy Chief Executive was submitted.

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

 

 

5.

Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 421 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Minutes:

The schedule of appeal decisions and appeals lodged was submitted.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

 

6.

SITE INSPECTION PARTY

To advise that the next Site Inspection Party will be held on Tuesday 15 March 2022 at

9.30 a.m.  The Councillors attending will be Councillors Martin, M. Mitchell and D. Moore.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the next Site Inspection Party will be held on Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 9.30 a.m. The Members attending will be Councillors M. Mitchell, D. Moore and/or Councillors Morse and Williams as necessary.